One of the best things about Fort Worth is the people. As a city, most of us spend the majority of our time at work. If we are going to make the city better, we have to make work better.
Having grown up in “The Fort,” there has always been a certain je ne sais quoi that makes it…well let’s just say better than other cities. We have always had a functioning city council that work together across racial boundaries to achieve shared goals. We were also among the first cities in Texas to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation in private employment, city employment, housing, public accommodations, and city contractors.
Some would even describe it as a family that keeps its business private. Of course, the Fort has not been without its issues in the areas of race, gender and sexual orientation. These subsurface tensions have even come to the top in recent years, whether it is concerns about police actions, the Rainbow Room events, or others.
While the city leadership has taken proactive steps in seeking to address these, there is more that can be done. The Fort is our city, and it is made up of our friends, neighbors, families, and co-workers. We—the collective “We”—can do better.
The Diversity PEG was derived from the idea that we can do better. I met India Bastien during the Tarrant County Pride Parade. We started talking and learned we shared a background in HR. It was disappointing to answer “no” when the question came up about whether there was an HR group focused on LGBTQ issues, so we decided to start one. FWHR seemed a logical place to build on that idea.
Along the way, we decided it was best to open a Professional Emphasis Group (PEG) focusing on the larger issues of diversity. The themes and subjects of the group will be decided by its members, with the idea that participants will set the agenda and move the needle in the areas they are passionate about. What drives this program is the fundamental goal of creating a better world by creating a better city. This PEG is about supporting each other, and educating our community.
We want to answer the questions:
If you’re interested in making The Fort a better workplace for friends, neighbors, families, and co-workers, join us! Koddi has generously offered their offices and will validate parking:
Thursday, February 28, 2019
The building is connected to a parking garage on Foch Street. You can park in a visitor spot, or park behind the gate. We validate your parking. When you arrive, head to the Pinnacle bank lobby and look for the elevators. We are on the second floor. When you walk out of the elevators, take a hard right and we are at the end of the hall. (Remember to bring your parking ticket so Koddi can validate parking.)
Tim Koirtyohann, SPHR
Diversity PEG Leader