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Division of Opportunity, Diversity, & Inclusion

Lauren Purdy, Deputy Director
Kim Watson, Assistant Deputy Director
1980 West Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43223
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In an effort to promote diversity and provide equitable opportunities both internally and externally, ODOT created the Division of Opportunity, Diversity & Inclusion (ODI) on July 1, 2015. ODI is comprised of:

 Current Events

The Division of ODI will work to increase diversity and inclusion opportunities for all stakeholders, including those seeking to do business with the department and those who seek employment with the department. The division is committed to:
  • Fairness, opportunity, and equality for all employees as well as the employees of our consultants and contractors.
  • Educating internal and external stakeholders on ODOT’s processes and how to do business with ODOT to remove barriers real and perceived.
  • Maintaining an aggressive outreach program to make sure all stakeholders—especially small and disadvantaged businesses and current and prospective ODOT employees—understand the resources and opportunities available to them.
  • Providing technical assistance to ODOT’s local partners (i.e., villages, cities, counties, etc.) in the areas of ADA/504 and Title VI compliance. 
  • Gathering and assessing feedback from stakeholders, customers, and the broader community.
  • Creating real and sustainable opportunities through education, networking, training and capacity building.
  • Encouraging on-the-job training opportunities to promote high standards of diversity and inclusion in the transportation infrastructure workforce.