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.