Black and African American Employee Affinity Group

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Mailing Address
P.O. Box 839966
San Antonio, TX 78283-3966

Physical Address
Riverview Towers Building
111 Soledad, Suite 800
San Antonio, TX 78205

Phone
210.207.8705

Hours
Monday - Friday
7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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About this Employee Resource Group

Established in summer 2020, the City of San Antonio Black and African American Employee Affinity Group embodies the talents and strengths of the City’s Core Values (Teamwork, Professionalism, Innovation and Integrity) and will strive to transform the culture of the organization to ensure employees have a voice, feel included and welcomed. 

This group is committed to embracing differences, improving processes, and creating an environment where opportunities are equitable and exist across the organization.

Steering Committee

In summer 2020, the Steering Committee was established to launch the City of San Antonio Black and African American Employee Affinity Group.

Name Department Years of Service Subcommittee
Ana Bradshaw City Manager's Office 13 Communication & Community Building
Bobbye Hamilton Planning 15 Professional Development
Brandis Davis Human Resources 12 Communication & Community Building
Brian Dillard Innovation 2 Professional Development
Bridgett White Planning 5 Communication & Community Building
Charles Hood Fire 13 Communication & Community Building
David McCary City Manager's Office 13 Promotional Opportunities
Diedrie Brewton City Attorney 15 Professional Development
Eddie Johnson III Innovation 5 Professional Development
Jonathan Butler Equity 1 Promotional Opportunities
Tomika Monterville  Transportation < 1 year Professional Development 
Walter Barrett Solid Waste Management 12 Promotional Opportunities
Wanda Heard Human Resources 7 Promotional Opportunities
Wanda Williams Convention Sports Facilities 36 Professional Development

Employee Resource Group Objectives

  • Facilitate honest and open dialogue regarding race relations within COSA’s organization. 
  • Promote effective recruitment and retention practices through education, training and professional development. 
  • Be a resource and advocate for sustainable policies and practices that are developed through an equity lens. 
  • Advance knowledge and understanding through situational awareness and exposure to other areas within the organization. 
  • Embrace transparent practices and transformational leadership.

Priorities & Subcommittees

Employee Resource Group Priorities

Based on the major themes shared in the employee townhalls held in August 2020 and the survey results, the Steering Committee identified the following priorities: 

  • Professional Development - Creating opportunities for Black and African American employees to acquire or enhance job skills 
  • Promotional Opportunities - Ensuring Black and African American employees are aware of and have access to opportunities to advance in the City 
  • Communication & Community Building - Identifying opportunities to enhance communication with Black and African American employees across the organization
Subcommittees

Professional Development | Promotional Opportunities | Communication & Community Building

In alignment with the group’s priorities, the subcommittees listed below have been established and will pursue specific initiatives.

  • Professional Development Subcommittee will focus on: 
    • Developing a mentoring program 
    • Promoting and offering skills training opportunities 
  • Promotional Opportunities Subcommittee will focus on: 
    • Developing a job shadowing program 
    • Creating a formalized structure for informational interviews 
  • Communication & Community Building Subcommittee will focus on: 
    • Developing communication materials in support of the group, including a website, newsletter, and directory

survey Results

As a follow-up to the initial employee townhalls held in August 2020, a survey was distributed to the more than 600 City employees who identify as Black/African American or as two or more races. Below is a summary of findings from the survey. 

  • 67.1% of respondents have 0-14 years of service 
  • 55.8% of respondents are interested in getting more involved with the affinity group now, and 33.7% may be interested in the future 
  • 61% of respondents are interested in having a mentor and 25% want to be a mentor 
  • Most respondents “Agreed” or “Strongly Agreed” with all the statements listed below except for “I feel there are opportunities for promotion and career advancement” where only 43.1% answered in the affirmative. 
    • My experience with COSA has been positive; 
    • I see other Black/African American employees within the organization; 
    • I have the opportunity to interact with other Black/African American employees within the organization; 
    • I feel there are opportunities for promotion and career advancement; 
    • I feel there are opportunities for professional development made available to me; 
    • I feel like I belong at work; and 
    • I feel like I am treated fairly at work.

Get Involved

Contact the Steering Committee.