Roanoke is a small Southern city, nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Yet, we represent a great number of cultures, and connect to countries far beyond our local borders. We are a small city, but a city of vibrant contrast, challenged to adapt and called to celebrate the tapestry of cultures that combine to make us who we are.

Diversity & Cultural Competence
Diversity encompasses all those differences that make us unique, including but not limited to race, color, ethnicity, language, nationality, sexual orientation, religion, gender, socio-economic status, age, and physical and mental ability.

Cultural competence is a process of lifelong learning that results in knowledge, skills, behaviors, and attitudes that allow us to interact effectively with others from different cultural backgrounds and it increases the ability of organizations to maximize the benefits of diversity from within their workforces.

Inclusion Statement
To elevate the performance of the organization, we will respect, celebrate, and embrace, the collective mixture of differences and similarities of our employees as a rich tapestry.

Our behaviors will demonstrate:
  • Open communication
  • Seeking opportunities to learn
  • Recognizing and rewarding actions that promote acceptance while suspending judgment
By doing this, we will foster an inclusive, open work environment that delivers excellent service and creates a more vibrant and inviting community.

Developed by the Roanoke Diversity Advisory Council in August 2006.