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Office of Equity and Inclusion

Welcome to the Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI)

The Office of Equity and Inclusion provides leadership to achieve racial equity and create opportunities for all. The core functions of the office include:

  • Racial Equity and Inclusion
  • Small Business Development
  • Accessibility
  • Support for the City’s Equal Rights Commission

Racial Equity and Inclusion

The City of Milwaukee is committed to advancing and achieving racial equity and inclusion within city government and in the communities we serve.

Small Business Development

The city’s small business development programs are designed to assist and protect the interests of emerging and small businesses. All businesses seeking certification as a City of Milwaukee Small Business Enterprise are required to complete an application. 


The City of Milwaukee makes every effort to identify and remove barriers to accessibility in its programs, services, activities, facilities and streets for persons with disabilities.

Equal Rights Commission

The Equal Rights Commission is responsible for providing an internal accountability structure to ensure that city programs and services address the equal rights needs of Milwaukee residents.

Bernadette Karanja, Chief Equity Officer

 About OEI 

 City Hall, 200 E. Wells Street, Room 606, Milwaukee, WI 53202 

 Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

@  OEI General Email 


TDD: 414-286-8547


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