Delaware County Public Relations Office
Delco’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Office has focused greater outreach and recruitment efforts, expanding opportunities for supplier diversity program and expanding awareness of the County’s goals across every agency of government, according to Lauren Footman, director, who presented the 2022 Impact Report.
Next year, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will focus on a three-year DEI Roadmap, expand training and professional development, collaborate with Procurement and Public Works to implement a supplier diversity strategy and continue to deepen and develop partnerships with other community stakeholders.
The creation of a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer was a priority of Council and Lauren Footman was brought into the county in the spring. The office has a broad mandate to review current government operations, including, but not limited to operations of the County’s new health department, guidance to the County’s Human Resources Department and the Purchasing Office, support for Parks and Recreation, and support to criminal justice.
Footman said Delaware County has begun the long-overdue process of ensuring that every community has equal access. “I am excited about our county’s collective commitment to the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion. We are on our way to making Delaware County a place where everyone can succeed.”