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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
  • Increase local purchasing and doing business with companies owned by people of color
  • Invest in areas of the city that have been underinvested
  • Ensure that the city delivers 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.

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

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

Reports

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.

Mayor Tim Keller announced the BankOn Burque Blueprint for Financial Empowerment in June following a six-month stakeholder engagement process. The blueprint focuses on what the City of Albuquerque can do to promote access to safe, affordable banking and financial education among City employees and community members.

The BankOn Burque Financial Empowerment Blueprint touches on four keys of financial empowerment emphasized by Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund (CFE), who provided funding and technical assistance to the City for the blueprint process: asset building; banking access; consumer financial protection; and financial education and counseling.

Office Staff

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

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

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

Dawn Begay
Native American Affairs Coordinator
(505)768-4547
[email protected]