Ralonda S. Hampton – Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement Officer
Diversity & Inclusion
As the regional council of local governments, MORPC’s work in diversity & inclusion is a core value for the agency and its members.
MORPC focuses on six key areas of diversity: Workforce, Workplace, Service to Diverse Populations, Diversity Spend, Diverse Requirements, and Diverse Communications.
Over the next three decades, the Central Ohio region is expected to experience dramatic changes in demographics and lifestyles that will affect the future success of our communities. The changing demographics and economic prosperity are placing the region in the same league as the nation’s top cultural centers. As evidenced in MORPC’s 2016 insight2050 report, the results demonstrate the importance of a strategic focus on diversity and inclusion:
- Current projections now reveal that our region will grow to three million people by
- The number of seniors aged 65 or older is expected to more than double by 2050
- Racial and ethnic minorities are expected to account for most of our region’s growth by 2050
Increasing evidence suggests that a region’s ability to compete economically will depend more upon its ability to attract and retain young talent. To remain vital, competitive, and relevant in the global marketplace, MORPC must engage, partner, and collaborate with diverse populations. The inclusion of diverse populations (racial/ethnic, age, gender, LGBTQ+) in MORPC’s bodies of work provides a spectrum of thought, voices and perspectives. The intrinsic value of inclusion is to produce better products, plans, and services designed to improve the quality of life for the Central Ohio region.
Our region is only as strong as its weakest community. There is much more to be done – especially to address racism and the disparities in our region. Click here: https://www.morpc.org/eliminateracism/ to view MORPC’s Eliminating Racism webpage.
As a recipient of federal transportation funds, MORPC agrees to follow U.S. Department of Transportation requirements in regards to Title VI and The Civil Rights Act of 1964. These requirements are outlined in the two “assurance,” documents signed by the Chair of MORPC.
“The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is a landmark civil rights and labor law in the United States that outlaws discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, and later sexual orientation and gender identity.”
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 USC 2000):
“No person in the United States shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” (US Department of Justice)
To learn more about MORPC’s Title VI Program and to view the document in its entirety, please visit our webpage: https://www.morpc.org/title-vi/