Office of Diversity

Ruth Giese

Community Services Director

20 E. Main Street, Suite 250

Mesa, AZ 85211

Hours of Operation

M-Th 7am-6pm

Contact Information


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Community Services


Diversity Links



Community Services

Community Services is a department that provides a wide range of assistance to City of Mesa residents.  This department includes the following areas:



Upcoming Event!


Annual Regional Unity Walk
Saturday, January 28, 2017 @ 6PM
Tempe Town Lake

From the Loop 202 (Red Mountain Freeway) you can exit at either Priest (West Side) or Rural (East Side) and travel South to Rio Salado Parkway.  Free parking is available at the US Airways Parking Garage located at Rio Salado Parkway and Ash Ave.

Get your walking shoes ready and join Mayor John Giles in celebration of Diversity at the Regional Unity Walk and Diversity Festival on Saturday, January 28, 2017.  Join the participation cities of Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert, Guadalupe, Phoenix, and Scottsdale, as we "Walk for Unity in our Community."  The walk and festival are free and registration is not required.

Families, community organizations, scout groups, school clubs, and church groups are encouraged to participate.  This year the walk and festival will be held at sundown.  Walkers should arrive at their assembly points by 5:45PM and the walk will begin at 6PM.  Participants from Mesa will meet at the Tempe Amphitheater located at Tempe Beach Park.  The walking route is approximately one mile.  Walkers are encouraged to carry flags, signs, or banners announcing their group's identity and promoting Diversity.  A limited amount of glow sticks and t-shirts will be provided.  Mayor John Giles will be there to greet and welcome walkers.  Please wear a turquoise or teal blue t-shirt to represent Mesa.  The festival begins as soon as walkers arrive back at the park.

If you have any questions regarding the event, please email or call 480-644-5432.  We hope to see you there!!


Diversity includes respect of the dignity of each individual as a person not withstanding differences in personality, age, gender, race, ethnicity, physical and mental ability, sexual orientation, physical appearance, family status, religious and political beliefs, socio-economic status, and other personal identity markers.

The Office of Diversity pledges to foster, cultivate, and promote a culture of equality and inclusion that enriches Mesa's vibrant community and workforce.


The Office of Diversity's services support the City's diversity initiatives and serves as liaison to the community by providing information and direction.  It also provides coordination for Title VI and the ADA.

View HERE [PDF] for a current listing of Diversity Programs.

Community Impact

  • Human Relations Advisory Board

    Serves as liaison to council-appointed Mesa volunteers who advise the City Council on issues of diversity and inclusion.

2014 Diversity Report

Since diversity and inclusion are core values for the City of Mesa Human Relations Advisory Board and Office of Diversity, an objective measure of incidents of bias, discrimination and exclusion was conducted by the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University.



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