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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) in Columbus

In Columbus, we're all about inclusivity. The vibrant, diverse people and neighborhoods in our city are built into our identity, and it’s Experience Columbus’ mission to amplify the people, businesses and places in our community for locals and visitors alike.

We’re making strides toward equity in the workplace and representation in the tourism industry. From highlighting the minority-owned businesses in our neighborhoods to initiating our award-winning Diversity Apprenticeship Program and Accessibility Guide, we’re serious about our industry reflecting the community we serve.  

Are you a minority-owned business? Learn how you can get a free, year-long partnership with Experience Columbus through our Minority Business Program!


Our DEIA Statement

Experience Columbus champions diversity, equity and inclusion in our organizations, industry, and community. Valuing all voices, unique experiences and diverse perspectives is exemplified in everything we do. We empower our team to be their authentic selves and are committed to using our collective voice to drive transformational change.

City-led DEIA Initiatives 

Diversity and inclusion are integral to our city’s DNA. This commitment to an open and welcoming environment is why Columbus has annually scored a 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index since 2013, and it’s the blueprint local leaders are using to make Columbus — “America’s Equal Opportunity City.” Learn more about city-led initiatives to keep DEIA efforts at the forefront of our city’s growth and culture.

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Shannon Jones, PhD, ECI (she/her) Director, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA)