Ensuring Equity Within

The Racial Equity Council leads initiatives and works to create a safe space to discuss how best practices in county agencies can be achieved.

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Ensuring Equity Within

Seeds of Growth

Achievement in the Small & Emerging Business Enterprise (SEBE) Program will be determined by a collaborative of internal and external relationships.

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Small & Emerging Business Enterprise (SEBE)

Cultural Climate Audit

Board of Commissioners’ fight for equity includes internal efforts throughout the county to ensure accountability, ensure a culture of inclusivity and more.

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Cultural Climate Audit

About the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (ODEI) is charged with leading the DEI strategies for Franklin County. By utilizing a racial equity framework, ODEI will advance the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the ways we recruit, retain, develop, procure, and offer our services. 

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"It is not our differences that divide us.
It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences."

~ Audre Lorde, US-American writer and activist

Racial Equity Council

Our Story

The Franklin County Commissioners and the Administration’s push for equity throughout Franklin County includes an internal review of the county’s policies and racial breakdown. Disparities have long been entrenched in daily life, so much so that many go unrecognized for the inequities they cause. The county’s efforts below and others will help Franklin County reach its goal of equity.

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Our Why

Why 1

Dismantle internal and external systems of oppression

Why 2

Advocate for changes in policy, processes, and practices

Why 3

Address racial economic inequality to advance wealth equity and prosperity

Why 4

Enhance contracting opportunities for small and minority-owned businesses

Why 5

Create a workforce that is representative of the community we serve

Why 6

Promote fair treatment in hiring, promotion, performance evaluation, and corrective action

Why 7

Cultivate an environment of dignity, respect, and belonging

Why 8

Develop ongoing education and training on implicit bias, anti-racism, and cultural intelligence

Core Actions

Core Actions

Core Values

Core Values