Equity & Inclusion

In August of 2020, the City of Frederick established equity as a fundamental value, making clear the commitment to ensuring equity is woven into citywide policy development, legislation, procurement, procedures, and operations. We believe this will help us create a more just, equitable, prosperous, accessible, livable, and sustainable future for all residents. 

As a local government, we believe it is our responsibility to address all forms of injustice and racism by reshaping our discourse and agenda so that we all actively engage in equity, inclusion, and social justice work. The City of Frederick believes our collective prosperity depends upon the equitable access to opportunity for every resident regardless of the color of their race, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. 

The Equity Program Administrator works with all City departments to develop, implement, support, an evaluate citywide diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. 

Equity Plan 2021 to 2024: Goals

1. Bring Equity Issues Into City Priorities

2. Build Organizational and Community Capacity

3. Build and Disseminate Core Messaging

4. Operationalize Equity

Aerial photo courtesy of Frederick News Post

Common Definitions for Our Work

Diversity is defined as the entire range of human differences that includes, but is not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, religious affiliation, and national origin. 

Inclusion puts the concept of diversity into action by creating an environment of involvement, respect, and connection. 

Equity is realized when race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or religious affiliation can no longer be used to predict life outcomes, and outcomes for all groups are improved. 

Social Justice is the belief that all people should have equal access to wealth, health, well-being, justice, privileges, and opportunity regardless of their legal, political, economic, or other circumstances.

Equity & Inclusion in the News

Frederick Set to Launch Minority & Women Owned Business Enterprise & Small Business Reserve Programs

On Thursday, November 18, 2021, the Mayor and Board of Aldermen approved a Resolution to adopt changes to the Purchasing Policies of The City of Frederick. Included in these changes is the establishment of a goals-based Minority and Women Business Enterprise (MWBE) program ...Read More.

Frederick Achieves 100 Rating on Municipal Quality Index

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced this morning that The City of Frederick earned a perfect score of 100 for its ongoing efforts to ensure equal treatment of members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community...Read More.

  1. Rebecca Desantis-Randall

    Equity Program Administrator