Equity & Inclusion

In August of 2020, the City of Frederick established equity as a fundamental value, making clear the commitment to ensuring equity is woven into citywide policy development, legislation, procurement, procedures, and operations. We believe this will help us create a more just, equitable, prosperous, accessible, livable, and sustainable future for all residents. 

As a local government, we believe it is our responsibility to address all forms of injustice and racism by reshaping our discourse and agenda so that we all actively engage in equity, inclusion, and social justice work. The City of Frederick believes our collective prosperity depends upon the equitable access to opportunity for every resident regardless of the color of their race, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. 

The staff of the Office of Equity and Inclusion works with all City departments to develop, implement, support, an evaluate citywide diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. 

Aerial photo courtesy of Frederick News Post

Vision, Mission, and Values

Our equity-focused vision statement presents who we want to be as a local government in the future, while our mission statement defines what we do to achieve our vision. Our values define the guiding principles of how we conduct ourselves in carrying out our mission. As a whole, these statements support a shared sense of purpose and direction and are important ingredients for collaborative team working and performance at the organization, team, and task level.


The City of Frederick is a community of choice that values and serves every person through our inclusive, diverse, and committed workforce.


The City of Frederick strives to embody the diversity of the community by recognizing human differences and working cooperatively towards meaningful progress and opportunity for all.

We, at the City of Frederick, value: 

Fairness: We value respectful, equitable, and just treatment of all, without discrimination or bias of any kind.

Opportunity: We value a transparent environment that allows everyone the chance to grow, develop and succeed.

Belonging: We value an inclusive environment where we authentically celebrate our differences.

Integrity: We value having moral principles that guide us to making ethical decisions, taking accountability for actions both past and present, and forging a path for innovation into the future.

Equity Plan 2021 to 2024: Goals

1. Bring Equity Issues Into City Priorities

2. Build Organizational and Community Capacity

3. Build and Disseminate Core Messaging

4. Operationalize Equity

Common Definitions for Our Work

Diversity is defined as the entire range of human differences that includes, but is not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, religious affiliation, and national origin. 

Inclusion puts the concept of diversity into action by creating an environment of involvement, respect, and connection. 

Equity is realized when race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or religious affiliation can no longer be used to predict life outcomes, and outcomes for all groups are improved. 

Social Justice is the belief that all people should have equal access to wealth, health, well-being, justice, privileges, and opportunity regardless of their legal, political, economic, or other circumstances.

Equity & Inclusion in the News

City Joins Government Alliance on Race and Equity

The City of Frederick is delighted to announce a significant step forward in its commitment to promoting racial equity and fostering inclusivity. The City has been granted membership to the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE), a national network dedicated to achieving racial equity and expanding opportunities for all...Read More


Frederick Set to Launch Minority & Women Owned Business Enterprise & Small Business Reserve Programs

On Thursday, November 18, 2021, the Mayor and Board of Aldermen approved a Resolution to adopt changes to the Purchasing Policies of The City of Frederick. Included in these changes is the establishment of a goals-based Minority and Women Business Enterprise (MWBE) program ...Read More.

Frederick Achieves 100 Rating on Municipal Quality Index

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced this morning that The City of Frederick earned a perfect score of 100 for its ongoing efforts to ensure equal treatment of members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community...Read More.

  1. Jarad Bowens

    Business Outreach Coordinator