Human Relations / Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The city of Winston-Salem Human Relations/Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Department is committed to the philosophy of inclusion, equal opportunity, and fair treatment in employment, housing, and public accommodations by providing, facilitating, promoting, anticipating, studying, and recommending programs, projects, feedback, and actions for the elimination of discrimination in municipal programs and services, as well as all fields of human relationships.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The City of Winston-Salem employment practices are guided by federal, state, and local rules and regulations guaranteeing employment opportunities to all persons without regard to and prohibiting discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender expression or gender identity, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, pregnancy, protected hairstyles, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status, unless a bona fide occupational qualification exists.

View the online Jobs listing and employment application.

Requests for Reasonable Accommodation

The city is subject to certain provisions within the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Should you have a question concerning the ADA, its application to the city, or a request for a reasonable accommodation, please contact the Human Resources Department or the city’s ADA Coordinator in the City Attorney’s Office for further information.

Employee Equity Survey

The results of the 2022 Employee Equity Survey may be found here.

The survey responses and employee concerns presented herein demonstrate a wide range of equity concerns that have since been addressed and/or are being addressed by the Human Resources Department. Due to personnel privacy, this overview does not include responses to the open-ended survey questions; however, the responses have been shared with the appropriate departments, including the City Manager's Office, the City Attorney's Office, and the Human Resources Department, for close examination and follow-up.


City of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County ERAP - COVID Related Assistance

City of Winston-Salem RUMA Program - COVID Related Assistance

Eviction Diversion Mediation Program Flyer

Winston-Salem Selected to Study Barriers for Postsecondary Students

Human Relations Commission Issues Statement on National Unrest

Webinar:  New America-Displaced in Forsyth County

HRC Municipal Equality Index Scorecard

Winston-Salem scored 87 out of 100 points on the Human Rights Campaign's 2021 Municipal Equality Index Scorecard. This score is based on five categories: (1) nondiscrimination laws, (2) the municipality as an employer, (3) municipal services, (4) law enforcement, and (5) leadership on LGBTQ+ equality. The detailed scorecard may be viewed on HRC's website. 

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Honoring City Employees Who Served Our Country

Veterans Day Donuts

On the week of Veterans Day, the Human Relations/DEI Department, alongside Mayor Allen Joines, thanked the City's employees who have served in the armed forces by providing them with free donuts and coffee

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    Eviction Diversion Packet Offers Resources for Those Facing Eviction

    A group of community organizations convened by the Human Relations Department has created an Eviction Diversion Packet with information and resources to help residents facing eviction. Read more...
  2. DEI 3rd Quarter Newsletter Now Available

    The DEI 2022 3rd Quarter newsletter is now available. This issue includes a feature on the City's collaboration with the National League of Cities, facts about age discrimination, profiles of Equity Core Team Members, and more. Read the newsletter here.
  3. Employee Equity Survey Results Available for Review

    The results of the 2022 Employee Equity Survey are now available. Read more...
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