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Office of Equity & Inclusion: Our Department

Department information about the Office of Equity and Inclusion.

Mission: Office of Equity and Inclusion

Image of Equity in Albuquerque.

The Mission of the Office of Equity and Inclusion is to Inspire and Equip City Government to make Albuquerque a national role model of embracing diversity as our greatest asset.

The goals of the Office of Equity and Inclusion are to:

  • Develop a city workforce that is representative at all levels of the demographics of the city
  • Compensate people equitably and treat everyone inclusively
  • Award city contracts in an equitable manner
  • Invest in city infrastructure and deliver city services in an equitable and inclusive manner.

We define inequities as disparities in health, mental health, economic or social factors that are systemic and avoidable and, therefore, considered unjust or unfair.

The City of Albuquerque released an Equity Profile of Albuquerque which shows that inequities and disparities are holding the city back and that closing racial gaps in economic opportunity and outcomes is key to our city's future. View a summary of the Equity Profile of Albuquerque.

We value the full participation of people who are most impacted by inequity in defining the problems and the solutions.

Areas of Responsibility

The Office of Equity and Inclusion has five major areas of responsibility:

  • Continuing to serve, as it has since 1974 under a different name, as a local civil and human rights advocacy resource dedicated to ensuring equal access and equitable opportunities for all people
  • Dismantling systemic barriers to achieve racial, gender, health and socio-economic equality
  • Supporting immigrant, refugee and other vulnerable communities to promote public safety, quality of life and human rights
  • Acknowledging the original inhabitants of our region and coordinating with tribes and native communities to cultivate equity in the lives of Native Americans living in Albuquerque
  • Equipping and inspiring our city workforce to embrace the diverse cultures that make Albuquerque the best place to live

Our Work

The Office of Equity and Inclusion achieves its mission through the work of the following:

Human Rights Board and a Human Rights Officer who investigates complaints of discrimination in:

Americans with Disabilities Act Advisory Council and ADA Coordinator who investigates ADA complaints

Guiding Laws

The Office of Equity and Inclusion is guided by and accountable for these and other city ordinances, resolutions, federal and state laws:

  • US Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Fair Housing Act of 1968
  • Age Discrimination Act of 1975
  • American Disabilities Act of 1990
  • New Mexico Human Rights Act
  • Albuquerque Human Rights Ordinance
  • Albuquerque City Personnel Rules Equal Employment Opportunity
  • Albuquerque City Council Resolution R-00-151 Albuquerque Friendly City
  • The Mayor's Transition Capstone Event Equity & Inclusion Group's Recommendations

Office Staff

Michelle Melendez
Director of Equity and Inclusion
(505) 768-3307
[email protected]

Brittany Ortiz
Deputy Director of Equity and Inclusion
(505) 768-4589
[email protected]

Mariela Ruiz-Angel
Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs Coordinator
(505) 768-3036
[email protected]

Torri Jacobus
Civil Rights Attorney, Human Rights Officer and ADA Coordinator
(505) 768-4534
[email protected]

Shannon Triplett
Administrative Assistant
[email protected]