Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Ivy Taylor Follows Through With Promise To Hire Head Of New Diversity Office

Posted By on Wed, Aug 26, 2015 at 11:31 AM

click to enlarge Kiran Bains is City of San Antonio's new diversity officer. - COURTESY/LINKEDIN
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  • Kiran Bains is City of San Antonio's new diversity officer.

The City of San Antonio hired a diversity officer to manage the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. 

Robert Salcido, a field organizer for Equality Texas, tells the San Antonio Current that Kiran Bains will run the office. 

Earlier this week, the city confirmed that it hired someone for the position, but as of yet, it hasn't confirmed who that is.

Salcido said he and National Diversity Council executive vice president Angeles Valenciano served as public input during the interview process.

"We interviewed the top eight," Salcido said.  

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion will serve as a centralized location where all-things Non-Discrimination Ordinance, or NDO, will be handled. There will be a public education component, along with a process for filing  complaints.

The office will be a "centralized location, not only for complaints specific to gay and transgender communities, but to all protected classes," Salcido said.

City Council voted to amend the the 20-year-old ordinance on September 5, 2013, to provide protections for gender identity, gender orientation and veteran status.

In March, Mayor Ivy Taylor — who voted against amending the ordinance while representing District 2 — proposed creating the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Salcido said Bains is a SA native who graduated from St. Mary's University, eventually moving out of state and obtaining her Master's degree.

"Kiran has a background in leadership training as well as development and implementation of diversity and inclusion initiatives," Salcido told the Current.

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