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The Equal Opportunity Division's mission is to advocate and assist on behalf of Ohio's minority and socially disadvantaged businesses and work to align those businesses with state government contract and procurement opportunities.  

The division also oversees and monitors state agency actions pertaining to the fair treatment and equal employment opportunities for state employees and applicants for state employment. 

Further, EOD objectives and goals are to increase the utilization of certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Encouraging Diversity, Growth and Equity (EDGE) businesses, increase the utilization of MBE and EDGE businesses and ensure that all state contractors are complying with EEO/construction compliance regulations, and that all state agencies are adhering to the state's affirmative action mandates for contracting and employment. 


News of the Day

Equal Opportunity Division | News of the Day

Below are highlights of just a few of the "big ticket" items occurring in the Equal Opportunity Division.  Please check back soon as we feature new events and items.   

30th Annual MLK Awards and Commemorative Celebration - NOMINATION DEADLINE EXTENDED!
Do you have a worthy individual or organization in your community deserving of recognition? Nominate them today! The deadline for submitting a nomination has been extended to Sept. 26. Who's names will be on this year's trophies? Click here to nominate today and then please join us in downtown Columbus on Jan. 15, 2015 to find out the winners!

Pictured are trophies awarded at the 27th Annual Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration on Jan. 12, 2012. (Photo by Steve Harrison/DSA)


15th Annual Statewide Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical Contest

Pictured are contestants of the 15th Annual Statewide MLK Oratorical Contest, afternoon judges and members of the MLK Commission on April 18, 2014. (Photo by Chris Kasson/DSA)

Leadership Team
Orvell Johns, Assistant Deputy Director
Bobbi Bell, Program Administrator, Minority Affairs

Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Unit
Felicia Godbolt, EEO Program Manager

Certification (MBE/EDGE) Unit
Todd McGonigle, EEO Program Manager
Cassandra Sellan, Program Administrator

Construction Compliance Unit
Pam Osborne, EEO Program Manager