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Our Vision

Be a high-performing state workforce that capitalizes on its diversity, purposely embraces not only its collective mixture of differences, but recognizes and values the differences and the power of inclusion, and empowers all employees to deliver the best public service.

Our Mission

To strive to become a workforce that is reflective of the population it serves and recognized as the “employer of choice for all” in state government for recruiting, retaining, and sustaining a ready, diverse, and highly-skilled workforce. We will ensure that policies and practices support an inclusive culture, not only in a manner that complies with all applicable laws, but also fosters an environment in which every individual has the opportunity to prosper and contribute to the mission of their agency.

Our Commitment

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Unit within the Office of Workforce Engagement will continuously work towards a path forward in achieving a sustainable transformative workplace where subtle, overt, interpersonal and formal discrimination becomes a thing of the past. The path forward will enable us to consciously audit HR processes from talent acquisition to talent off-boarding and remove barriers that prevent state government to progress from non-compliance to “employer of choice for all”.
The Meaning of "Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion"
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Diversity

Building diversity in our state agencies is only a starting point. Diversity is defined broadly as all of the characteristics that make individuals unique. It is used to describe the various combinations of group/ social differences (e.g., race/ethnicity, class, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, country of origin, and ability, as well as cultural, political, religious and other affiliations) and human differences (e.g., personality, learning style, and life experiences). DHRM’s working definition of diversity is to foster a collaborative work environment that is inclusive of every employee by recognizing and effectively utilizing their talent, skills, and perspectives to create a unified and high-performance workforce.

Equity

The most important construct among DE&I, equity refers to the creation of opportunities for historically underrepresented populations to have equal access and equitable opportunity. Equity is also the process of allocating resources, programs, and opportunities to employees, customers, and residents, to address historical discrimination and existing imbalances. Therefore, equity requires an organizational commitment that all employees, customers, and residents will be provided equitable access to opportunities, resources, and the ability to fully contribute to the agency’s mission and goals.

Inclusion

The term inclusion is used to describe the active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diverse people, practices, and communities (intellectual, social, cultural, geographical) in ways that increase one’s cultural affirmation and respect, content knowledge, cognitive sophistication, and empathetic understanding of the complex ways individuals interact with and within systems and organizations. More importantly, genuine and full inclusion fosters a sense of belonging and respect for the differences and uniqueness that all employees bring to the workplace, without the impact of inequities.

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Governor's Executive Order Number One (2018)

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion enforces Governor's Executive Order Number One (2018), which prohibits discrimination against state government employees and applicants for state government employment.

Executive Order Number One (2018) also prohibits retaliation against those individuals filing a discrimination complaint, participating in the complaint process, or opposing a discriminatory practice.

 Protected bases include:

  • Race
  • Color
  • National Origin and/or Ethnicity
  • Sex (including Pregnancy)
  • Religion
  • Age
  • Disability
  • Genetic Information
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Gender Identity or Expression
  • Veteran’s Status
  • Political Affiliation