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Cuyahoga County Issues RFP for County-Wide Employee Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Training


Media Contact: Devyn Giannetti: (216) 225-9813; dgiannetti@cuyahogacounty.us

CUYAHOGA COUNTY, OH - Cuyahoga County has released a Request for Proposal (RFP) to provide Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) training to all Cuyahoga County employees through the recommendation of the Cuyahoga County Equity Commission and the Citizens’ Advisory Council on Equity.

The purpose of the RFP is to develop and execute a training and education strategy that will increase the awareness, knowledge, and skills of Cuyahoga County staff, boards and commissions as it pertains to diversity, equity and inclusion. Through this training policies and programs can be implemented and executed to better achieve equity.

In July 2020, Cuyahoga County passed legislation declaring racism a public health crisis. From this declaration the Citizens’ Advisory Council on Equity was established and the County’s internal Equity Commission was activated. These two commissions work in tandem to make policy recommendations to the County Executive and Council.

“This proposal for DEI training recommended by the Equity Commission and the CACE is so important to the success of our County and our long-term goal to enhance equity both in and out of our organization,” said County Executive Armond. “Change first happens by looking internally, and DEI training can help us ensure the effects are long-term as we continue working toward increasing diversity and inclusion in every facet of our organization.”

Initial recommended trainings include:

  • Cross-cultural training and supervision
  • Uncovering unconscious bias
  • Bringing an individual and systemic lens to race, racial equity and structural racism
  • Exploring the intersection of race and other identities

The RFP also proposes an evaluation plan to measure the effectiveness of trainings, as well as metrics and evaluations that demonstrate improved DEI knowledge, awareness and skills.

“The issuance of this DEI RFP is an important down payment on the County’s commitment to develop a culture that embraces DEI practices as it relates to the execution of the County’s daily critical services on behalf of residents,” said Ted Carter, Chief Economic Development Officer and Equity Commission member. “It will lead to more equitable outcomes in the deployment of our resources.”

The RFP will be open until Wednesday, April 14 at 11:00 a.m. and can be found on the Cuyahoga County website.