Community Outreach

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The Diversity & Inclusion Department is committed to raising public awareness of Fort Worth's diverse cultures and fostering harmonious human relations among Fort Worth residents by presenting and participating in diversity-related learning, engagement and cultural awareness opportunities for the community and city employees. Additionally, the department provides staff support to City boards, commissions and committees, which also are tasked with achieving those goals. 

 

Human Relations Commission

The Fort Worth Human Relations Commission (FWHRC), established in 1967, is made up of community members appointed by the Fort Worth City Council and works to promote improved community relations and to eliminate prejudice and discrimination.

Its goals include:

  •  Increasing public awareness of the FWHRC and the services provided by the Diversity and Inclusion Department.
  • Leveraging HR commissioner networks as well as national and international civil and human rights agency networks to advise and recommend municipal best practices for diversity, inclusion, equity and access for all residents.
  • Advise and recommend legislative position and rationale for bills assigned to Diversity and Inclusion in alignment with established priorities as determined by City Council and CMO.

 

Commission Details, Member Roster, Meeting Dates & Agenda

 

Minority and Women Business Enterprise Advisory Committee

The purpose of the M/WBE-AC, as reorganized pursuant to City Council Resolution 4690-10-2016, is to act in an advisory capacity to the City Council and City Manager to review the City’s completed Availability and Disparity Study and recommend a policy structured to meet legal scrutiny; inclusive of goals compliance methodology and reporting procedures. Responsibilities. The M/WBE-AC shall:

  • Review the City’s current program and recommend a restructured program, structured to meet legal scrutiny, to the City Manager and City Council based on information provided by the planned FY 2019–2020 Availability and Disparity Study.
  • Provide continuing input to the City Council on the progress of the approved program in meeting the established goals via the City’s Diversity and Inclusion Department.
  • Focus on initiatives and efforts to increase the availability of vendors/contractors eligible to bid on City of Fort Worth projects and procurement opportunities.
  • The M/WBE-AC shall make recommendations to improve the effectiveness of both the BDE Ordinance and policies related to M/WBE participation on incentive agreement projects.

 

Mayor's Committee on Persons with Disabilities

The Fort Worth Mayor’s Committee on Persons with Disabilities is an organization of citizen volunteers working together with the Fort Worth Human Relations Commission to increase public awareness of the abilities of persons with disabilities, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and issues related to accessibility within the community and city government. To accomplish these goals, the MCPD committee:

  • participates in activities that provide and/or improve access to employment, housing, city facilities and programs for people with disabilities;
  • increases awareness of ADA accommodations and the Fort Worth anti-discrimination ordinance (Chapter 17, Article III, Division 4 of the Fort Worth City Code), as well as solicits feedback from the community regarding disability issues; and
  • honors an individual each year who, in their everyday life has raised awareness of living a life of value and made impactful changes in the community that improve life opportunities for persons with disabilities, with the Danny Scarth Trailblazer Award at the Mayor’s Community Engagement Workshops and Neighborhood Awards luncheon held in January.

 

For more information about the Mayor's Committee on Persons with Disabilities, contact the ADA Coordinator Alfred Henderson or call 817-392-8552.

 Committee Details, Member Roster, Meeting Dates & Agenda

 

 

Employee Diversity & Inclusion Committee

The Committee will purposefully focus on activities for employees that highlight and address issues related, but not limited to race, ethnicity, culture, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, national origin and religion, fostering a culture of open-mindedness, compassion, and inclusiveness among individuals and groups and create opportunities for dialogue and education.

The committee has no authority to address matters of employee and labor relations issues. All such matters are referred to the Human Resources Department Employee and Labor Relations Division. 

Movies That Matter

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Dec. 10 is International Human Rights Day and the 10th anniversary of the Movies That Matter film series. To celebrate, we will be taking a trip down memory lane via the Fort Worth Movies That Matter Facebook page

For the rest of the month on every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, we will be sharing trailers of the more than 60 films we have screened since 2000 – many of which are available at the Fort Worth Public Library. Be sure to follow us at Fort Worth Movies That Matter to comment and let us know which ones were your favorites and why. 

As a token of our appreciation for your support of the film series, we invite you to pick up a MTM coffee mug at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth beginning Thursday, Dec. 17, while supplies last. Please ask for your cup at the Information Desk. And to help us celebrate, The Modern is offering Buy One Get One Free tickets to the museum.