Diversity & Inclusion
The City of Fort Worth’s Diversity & Inclusion Department provides information and services related to basic human rights, including enforcement of the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance and federal housing, employment and accommodation laws. It also provides staff support to the city council-appointed Human Relations Commission (HRC). Additionally, the department strives to help create a welcoming community for all people by providing resources and outreach efforts that promote basic human rights and facilitate harmonious relationships among Fort Worth’s diverse population. To help achieve these goals, the HRC has two standing committees to address issues related to persons with disabilities and diversity and inclusion in the city workforce and the HRC Administrator also serves as the city’s liaison to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
Race and Culture Task Force Recommendations
Learn More on recommendations for the Fort Worth Task Force on Race and Culture.
The Diversity & Inclusion Department has the authority to enforce city ordinances and federal laws that prohibit discrimination in the areas of housing, employment and public accommodations. Diversity & Inclusion includes a staff of investigators and support personnel who can receive complaints if the city has jurisdiction, work toward conciliation with the parties involved, conduct investigations and issue a charge or determination if conciliation is not reached.
- Americans with Disabilities Act
- Employment Enforcement
- Housing Enforcement
- Public Accomodations Enforcement
- Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
The Business Equity Division is here to help certified small, minority-owned and women-owned businesses gain access to the direct contracting and sub-contracting opportunities offered by city procurement in compliance with the City Council-approved Business Diversity Enterprise (BDE) Ordinance No. 20020-12-2011. Qualified businesses must be located within the market areas applicable to the six county areas where the city spends 80 percent of its tax dollars. Those counties are Tarrant, Dallas, Denton, Johnson, Parker and Wise. Only firms with a principal office in the market area will be counted towards the city’s BDE goals. Read more»
The Business Equity Division provides assistance with the following certification programs:
- Minority- or Women-owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) — If your company is at least 51-percent owned and operated by one or more minorities or women or, for a publicly owned business, at least 51-percent ownership of the stock is held, your company qualifies as an M/WBE.
- Small Business Enterprise (SBE) — The U.S. Small Business Administration can help small businesses qualify to compete for government contracts as a small business. Check out the size requirements to see if your business qualifies for these opportunities.
- Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) — The DBE program is designed to provide M/WBEs a level playing field when contracting on federally funded projects.
For information about MWBE requirements in City of Fort Worth tax incentive agreements, visit the Economic Development Department page.
Diversity & Inclusion promotes community outreach efforts, which include workshops and training, special programming such as Movies That Matter, participation in community events and other resources.
818 Missouri Ave.
Fort Worth, TX 76104
200 Texas St.
Fort Worth, TX 76102