Roadmap - Diversity Equity Inclusion

Areas of Focus

Below are the specific areas the City will focus its efforts on to foster, cultivate and preserve a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion within the City of Modesto. Click on an area to see details.

  1. Leadership & Accountibility


Hold leaders accountable for implementing the City of Modesto’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) vision, setting goals, achieving results, and being role models.


Leaders view the accomplishment of DEI goals and objectives as an important part of their management and oversight responsibilities. They publicly support internal and external diversity related activities and are seen as DEI change agents. Leaders are held accountable for implementing the DEI strategy. They position DEI as a key component of the City’s sustainability agenda and provide DEI coaching to those they manage, creating both a psychologically and physically safe workplace. Leadership development includes DEI competency building and this is evaluated when determining succession for leadership.

  1. Recruiting & Hiring
  1. Advancement and Retention
  1. Job Design, Classification & Compensation
  1. Work-Life Integration, Flexibility & Benefits
  1. Assessment, Measurement & Research
  1. DEI Communications
  1. DEI Learning & Development
  1. Community, Government Relations & Philanthropy
  1. Marketing & Customer Service

Program Information

Below is information about the various sections of the diversity, equity and inclusion program within the City of Modesto. Click on any topic to see details.

  1. About our Commitment

About our Commitment

City of Modesto is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion. A diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace and community is one:

  • Where all employees, volunteers and the community we serve feel valued, respected and heard;
  • Where equal opportunity for employment and advancement in all of our departments, programs, and worksites exists; and 
  • Where we respect and value diverse life experiences and heritages.

The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities and talent that our employees invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation and achievement as well.

We embrace differences in age, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make individuals unique.

We are committed to a nondiscriminatory approach and ensuring that our practices and policies on recruitment and selection; compensation and benefits; professional development and training; promotions; transfers; social and recreational programs, the ongoing development of a work environment; and the services that we provide to the community are built on the premise of diversity, equity and inclusion that encourages and enforces:

  • Respectful communication and cooperation between all employees and in the delivery of all services.
  • Teamwork and employee participation, permitting the representation of all groups and employee perspectives.
  • Employer and employee contributions to the communities we serve to promote a greater understanding and respect for its diversity.
  1. Inclusion & Belonging Guiding Principles
  1. Definitions
  1. Adoption
  1. Assignment of and Responisbility for the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program
  1. Supporting Policies and Plans
  1. Dissemination of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program
  1. Training
  1. Metrics