We provide access to tools and resources that foster inclusive workplaces, workforces, communities, and city procurement opportunities. We deliver inclusive policy infrastructure, and public private program partnerships that expand access to talent pools, enforce fair and equitable employment, housing, public accommodations, education practices, and assist in fostering vibrant and inclusive city economies.
Michael A. Patton, MNA
Diversity, Compliance, & Inclusion Officer
Michael A. Patton was appointed by Mayor James Mueller in January of 2020 as the Diversity Compliance Inclusion Officer for the City of South Bend, responsible for implementing and enforcing the City’s diversity, equity, and access goals.
In this role, he works with affected departments to develop policies, procedures, metrics and reporting mechanisms designed to promote equitable utilization and opportunities for minority and women owned businesses.
Patton also serves as South Bend’s Human Rights Commission (HRC) Executive Director. This involves ensuring the operation and maintenance of the program that works to eliminate discrimination within the city’s educational, employment, and housing systems.
Patton brings to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion a history dedicated to service with over 30 years of for-profit and non-profit experience, and as an Air Force Veteran who served this country.
Patton’s commitment to equity is seen through his prior role as the President of the South Bend Branch of the NAACP and as the past President/CEO of the Urban League of South Bend.
An alumnus from two local universities, Michael Patton holds his undergraduate degree in Organizational Management from Bethel University, and Executive Masters of Non-Profit Administration degree from the University of Notre Dame.
Utilizing strategic planning, budgeting and innovation, Michael Patton’s focus is towards the pursuit of Mayor James Mueller’s vision for this Office. That vision is to promote more inclusivity in workplace cultures, communities, and city procurement opportunities by uplifting those most vulnerable in our city.
The Office of Diversity & Inclusion
Inclusion Project Manager
Contract Compliance Administrator
Inclusion Fellow: Kimberly West
Legal Counsel: Jenna Throw, Esq.
- Bilijah Williams, President
- Jeff Rea, Vice President
- Breanna Allen, Secretary
- Rachel Tomas Morgan, Esq.
- Juan Hernandez
- Michael Morris, PhD.
- Alkeyna Aldridge
- Murray Miller
- Kara Boyles, PhD.
- Larry King
- Keana Baylis
Grants, Business Opportunities, and Trainings Updated Regularly
September 14, 2021
Inclusive Procurement and Compliance Board Meeting
Location: Microsoft Teams
October 6, 2021
Subcontractor and Prime Contracting Workshop
Location: Howard Park
October 21, 2021
Vendor Opportunity Fair
Small Business Grant Opportunities to consider:
Magic Johnson Enterprises
Lowe’s Small Business Grants
BLACK ENTERPRISE Entrepreneurs Summit
Small Business Administration
COVID-19 EIDL Loan
Small Business Living Library
Penn-Harris District part 1, part 2
Small Business Lending :
M. Diana Moya
Director of Housing
Crystal F. McCain
Director of Employment
City of South Bend Disparity Study
Inclusive Procurement Policy
Inclusive Talent Policy
Inclusive Workplace Policy
Inclusive Community Policy
Inclusive Economy Policy
Inclusive Toolkits and Workshops
Inclusive Small Business Development-General
Inclusive Small Business Development-Construction and Contracting
Inclusive Procurement Toolkit
Inclusive Talent Management Toolkit
Diversity and Inclusion Workshops
Inclusive Leadership Toolkit
In the News
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South Bend Common Council passes sexual harassment training bill
South Bend approves measure that ties tax breaks to higher wages
St. Joseph County’s Human Rights ordinance to be enforced locally
St. Joseph County commissioners endorse human rights ordinance
New report details South Bend’s inclusivity of LGBTQ community
St. Joseph County human rights complaints will be investigated in South Bend
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South Bend Civic Theatre starts conversation on diversity with ‘In The Heights’
SB panel to discuss relationship between community and police
South Bend project hopes to grow small businesses and target racial wealth divide
South Bend celebrates Martin Luther King with march and new boulevard
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The city of South Bend reveals Diversity and Inclusion Plan
SB mayor seeks feedback on city’s new diversity and inclusion plan
Residents give feedback on South Bend’s diversity and inclusion plan
South Bend’s Diversity and Inclusion Officer breaks down diversity report
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