​Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion initiatives drive our organization’s commitment to promoting a culture of acceptance, appreciation and inclusion for a diverse workforce at the City of Dallas.

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What is Diversity?

Diversity is the range of human differences.  They include but are not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical ability or attributes, religious or ethical values system, national origin, and political beliefs, as well as differences of thoughts, opinions, background and beliefs.​

What is Inclusion?

Inclusion is the act of making a person or thing part of a group.  Inclusion is involvement and empowerment, where the inherent worth and dignity of all people are recognized. In short, it means creating an environment of involvement, respect, and connection where the richness of ideas, backgrounds, talents, beliefs, and perspectives are utilized to create value and a sense of belonging.​

Contact Information

Diversity, Inclusion, Culture & Engagement Manager
Email:  vanessa.gray@dallascityhall.com

Main Number: 214-670-3120



Employee Resource Groups (ERG)

Employee Resource Groups are voluntary employee-led individuals.  They promote a workplace that is diverse, inclusive, and aligned with organizational goals, values, business practices, and objectives. See information below about the different groups currently offered at the City of Dallas.​

City of Dallas Best (Black Employees Support Team)

Mission:  To be a resource, advocate, and partner with the City’s leadership team and our members to identify, nurture, and promote excellence at all ranks within the City’s workforce through professional development, mentoring, cultural programming, and communication.

Highlight Activities:   Leadership development and mentoring programs, annual cultural events (Black History Month, Juneteenth), community service projects, and quarterly social/networking activities for City employees

Interim President:   Danielle McClelland
Email:       info@cityofdallasBEST.com
Website:   www.cityofdallasBEST.com
Twitter:  @CoDallas_BEST
Facebook:  @CoDallasBEST  #DallasBEST

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Association of Asian American City Employees (AAACE)

Mission:  AAACE is an organization of Asian American City of Dallas employees, retirees and supporters established for the purpose of networking, personal development, and to support the City of Dallas in serving the citizens of Dallas.

Highlight Activities:  Personal development seminars (2 per year), Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration (showcasing one Asian country every week in May), Diversity Week Celebration, family picnics, and volunteer activities

President:   Helen Cantril Dulac
Email:   helen.cantril@dallascityhall.com
Phone:  214-670-6646
Alternate Contact: Vasavi Pilla 
Phone: 214-671-5124

Hispanic Association of City Employees for Results (HACER)

Mission: To provide a network for result-oriented Hispanic City employees who are ready, willing and able to fill and serve the needs of the community, while providing professional and social networking, support, coaching, and mentoring opportunities.

Highlight Activities: Community clean ups for senior citizens, Spanish classes for employees, professional development seminars, and scholarships for City employees.

Interim President:   Kevin Acosta
Email: kevin.acosta@dallascityhall.com
Phone:  214-671-8874                                               
Alternate Contact: Sophia Rivera
Phone: 214-671-9240

Facebook: @HacerDallas

LGBT Employee Association of Dallas

Mission:   To raise awareness of equality issues in the workplace in order to foster an organizational culture that is inclusive and supportive of LGBTQ City employees, promote professional and personal development, and break negative stereotypes through education.

Highlight Activities:  Quarterly mixers, community service events, and Pride events for City employees

President:   Felix Arrieta  
Email:      info@dallaslgbt.org
Website:    www.DallasLGBT.org
Facebook and Instagram:   @DallasLGBT                

Veterans ERG (VERG)

The Veteran’s Employee Resource Group (VERG) was organized in March 2018 by a group of dedicated U.S. Armed Forces members.  They include active duty, reservist, veterans, and spouses of military members.  Their purpose is to cultivate professional development of military members and the spouses thereof, who are employed with the City of Dallas. 

President:  Katina Robertson, DBA
Phone: 214-583-2846
Alternate Contact:  Sonja Lifsey-Smith
Phone:  214-670-8872
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FUEL (Focus. Unite. Engage. Lead.)

Mission:  To bridge the gap among generations within the workplace and create a framework for success to support the development of young professionals.

Interim President:   Demeshia Jackson
Email:   demeshia.jackson@dallascityhall.com
Phone:  214-243-2044
Alternate Contact:   Camille Choice
Phone: 214- 671-8900

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