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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Purchasing
Human Resources
Community Engagement
Overview
Purchasing

Purchasing

Changes in purchasing practices have been made to increase opportunity for historically disadvantaged businesses, address historical imbalances of power, build stronger relationships with small and local businesses and increase collaboration between city departments.

Employees knew they wanted and needed to prioritize historically disadvantaged businesses in the City's purchasing practices. However, due to state laws and guidelines, there were limits on how they could approach this. By communicating in advance with local, small and minority-owned businesses about upcoming purchasing needs at the city, and by helping businesses connect directly with the right departments, employees were able to diversify City purchasing, build trust with local businesses and strengthen relationships.

Human Resources

Human Resources

Through allyship and acts of affirmation, city employees are building a more inclusive and welcoming culture for the LGBTQIA community, both within the city organization and in community. When employees began to take a stronger role in their allyship for the LGBTQIA community by sponsoring and attending community events, they quickly realized that for their efforts in the community to be successful, they first needed to foster a more inclusive culture inside the city.

Small and consistent acts - pronouns in email signatures, staff training on inclusive language and behaviors, pride flags and pins distributed within the city - have helped LGBTQIA city employees feel more comfortable being their full selves at work. These changes within the organization impact support for LGBTQIA community members, who now see their own needs and identities better reflected in the internal culture of the city. 


Community Engagement

Community Engagement

City employees have improved neighborhood revitalization and community engagement through active listening, authentic partnership with the community, and increased internal collaboration. 

Historically disinvested areas throughout the city have experienced discrimination on many levels. As a result, neighborhood residents had little trust for city services and representatives. This made it difficult to create linkages to city programs and services. The city shifted from a ‘fix-it’ mode to actively and consistently listen to community voices, resulting in an authentic partnership.


Overview

Overview

The city of Las Vegas is working to improve well-being for all Las Vegans through diversity, equity and inclusion. In 2020, the Las Vegas City Council charged the city to strengthen its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) by unanimously adopting a comprehensive Resolution.

The city’s vision for this initiative is to have a vibrantly diverse community where Las Vegans have fair and just opportunities for health, social and economic well-being in their neighborhoods. To accomplish this the city has taken many steps including hiring a Diversity Outreach Officer to help ensure that the city is more accessible and impactful to the communities it serves.

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