As the New Pittsburgh Courier reported last week, city review of minority and women contracting numbers is now conducted by two clerks, instead of by the legislatively created Department of Equal Opportunity. The department itself has no director, and the position is not even budgeted for the next two years.
Now, the Courier has discovered that another diversity initiative begun under the previous administration has also been scrapped—DiverCity 365.
In 2007, former Mayor Luke Ravenstahl launched DiverCity 365 to increase the city’s minority and women recruiting and hiring, which according to a 2008-2012 audit by Evergreen Solutions, it did significantly. The April 2013 report said the number of minority applicants increased by 757 percent, from 205 applicants in 2005 to 1757 applicants in 2012.
Though less spectacular, the hiring numbers also increased. In 2012, 26 percent of all hires were minority compared to 24 percent in 2005. Eleven percent of all fulltime hires were minority in 2012, an increase of 3 percent more than in 2005.
But just like the former Equal Opportunity Review Commission, DiverCity 365 is now gone.