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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion's mission is to foster an atmosphere of inclusion and respect for all, promoting transformation, creativity, and engagement among the state workforce.

Our Vision is to create a high-performing state workforce by capitalizing on its diversity, purposely embracing inclusion, empowering all employees to perform to their highest potential.

What is Diversity, Equity and Inclusion?


Diversity includes all the ways in which people differ, encompassing the different characteristics that make one individual or group different from another including race, ethnicity, and gender identity or expression, age, national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status. Diversity also includes different thoughts, ideas, perspectives, and values.  


Equity is the fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all individuals, while at the same time striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups. 


Inclusion involves the act of creating environments in which any individual or group can be and feel welcomed, respected, supported, and valued to fully participate. An inclusive and welcoming climate embraces differences and offers respect in words and actions for all people.

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
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