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Diversity and Inclusion From the Governor's Office
EMBRACE, EMPOWER, AND ENGAGE!

Welcome to the Department of Corrections Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Diversity recognizes and values our individual differences and Inclusion brings us together to become a high performing, cohesive group. The department knows that a fully engaged and empowered workforce is more productive, creative, and satisfied. To that end, the department is committed to embracing diversity and enhancing inclusion.
 
In 2013 Director Colette S. Peters appointed Gary Sims as the Administrator of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Under Mr. Sims’ leadership the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council was formed. The council combines a wide variety of knowledge, experience, and perspectives into one dedicated taskforce. From curriculum advisement and development to utilizing best practices in the creation of new diversity initiatives, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion is committed to the department’s most valuable resource: our staff.
 
2014 State Diversity Conference in the news
 
Upcoming Events, Activities, and Festivals around the State
 
The Oceans Connect Us, Navigating Micronesian Culture
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Open daily Monday - Friday 10am-2pm at the World Beat Gallery
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Douglas County Veterans Monthly Forum
Veteran organization leaders discuss and develop common support issues for all veterans in SW Oregon.
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From the Director's Office
 
A Message from the Director
 
"It is known that diversity and inclusion help drive performance, productivity, and mission success. Led by Gary Sims, Administrator of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Department of Corrections is developing a strategic plan along with our CORE initiative that will help create an organizational culture that respects and values diversity. This plan recognizes that diversity and inclusion are critical to the Department’s continued success.
 
The Department of Corrections is committed to helping our staff achieve their full potential. It is through our staff that we are able to provide the citizens of Oregon the highest levels of customer service.
 
Our goal is to create a climate of inclusion where mutual respect and understanding enable collaboration and problem solving for staff at all levels and where individuals are valued for their unique contributions. I envision our workforce populated by skilled and dedicated staff members who reflect all the best characteristics of Oregon’s talented and diverse population."

Colette
Peters, ODOC Director
 
 
 
 
“The bottom line is that our nation and our workforce are becoming increasingly diverse.  The Department of Corrections is taking the initiative to seize this opportunity and maximize the vast potential diversity brings us.  Diversity and inclusion allows our Department to be strong yet flexible; able to grow and advance.  This ability to grow and take advantage of the many different perspectives, ideas, and talent our employees possess is vital to bringing best practices to our operations. 
 
Recognizing, valuing, and affirming diversity directly relates to the success of our department and enhances morale.  Whether a new recruit or senior staff, we want employees at all levels of the agency to feel involved, acknowledged, and engaged.  We strive to have a workforce that maintains enjoyment and enthusiasm for a career with the Department of Corrections from recruitment to retirement.  The Department takes pride in fostering an atmosphere where our employees feel they have made the right decision in becoming part of the organization.
 
The Department of Correction’s commitment to Diversity and Inclusion is nothing less than a commitment to excellence.”
Mitch Morrow, ODOC Deputy Director
 
 
 
Department of Corrections Diversity and Inclusion Staff
 
 
 
 
 
Gary Sims, MBA, MA.Ed., M.Div
Diversity and Inclusion Administrator
2575 Center St NE
Salem OR 97301
(503) 945-9029


 
 
 
 
   


 
Michele Malick
Diversity and Inclusion Executive Support
2575 Center St NE
Salem OR 97301
(503) 947-9953
 
  
 
 
 
Representing diverse locations and and varied workforce classifications, the members of the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council serve on a voluntary basis. 
 
Council members include:
 
Claudia Arndt, Office Specialist Salem, OR
Patricia Solomon, Admin. Specialist Salem, OR
Carla Padilla, Asst. Sup. Correctional Rehabilitation Salem, OR
Patrick Vance,  CTRS Health Services, Pharmacy Salem, OR
 
and...
 
  




Joan Barton
CTRS Population Management
Salem, OR
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Nichole Brown
Programs and Volunteer Admin.
Salem, OR



Cecil Cross
Correctional Counselor
Ontario, OR



Kelly Davidson
Correctional Counselor
Salem, OR




Sandy Glassy
Correctional Lieutenant
Ontario, OR




Jeanine Hohn
PDU
 Administrator
Salem, OR




Nancy Howton
OMR Chief Administrator
Salem, OR




Jennifer Peel
Food Srvs. Manager
Lakeview, OR



Gerald Long
Assistant Superintendent
Salem, OR




Tyler Phelps
Asst. Phys. Plant Manager
Pendleton, OR



Linn Menzie
BHS Manager
Portland, OR




Kelly Raths
Inmate and Community Advocacy Administrator
 
Salem, OR




Tonia Ridley
TRCI Asst. Sup.  
Umatilla, OR




Sue Robson
Pathfinders of Oregon
Wilsonville, OR




Gilberto Rodriguez
Correctional Captain 
Ontario, OR




Sara Serrano
OCE General Manager
Region 4, OR
 
Lavon StarrMeyers
Volunteer Services
Umatilla, OR 




Clyde Skipper
Correctional Sergeant
Salem, OR
 
 
 


 
 
Shelby Frost
Corretional Lieutenant
Tillamook, OR  




Nina Sobotta
Minority Affairs
Pendleton, OR
 
                                                                                                              Laura Sterling
                                                                                                                                 Correctional Lieutenant
                                                                                                                                          Lakeview, OR
                                                                                                                           
  
 
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The Governor of the State of Oregon is committed to the right of all persons to work and advance on the bases of merit, ability and potential.  The Governor has delegated authority to the Director of the Affirmative Action Office to follow ORS 243.315. The Director will assist in implementation and monitor affirmative action plans in all state agencies.  This will foster work environments that recruit, retain and promote employees who represent the broadest possible spectrum of society which includes women, minorities and people with disabilities.

 

 

             Governor John Kitzhaber

 
 
The Governor's Affirmative Action office is designed to:
 
  1. Reaffirm the state's policy on nondiscrimination and affirmative action;
  2. Identify state agencies' goals and affirmative action plans for achieving goals for women, racial/ethnic group members, and persons with disabilities;
  3. Provide program specifics for promoting and assuring equal employment opportunity;
  4. Communicate the Governor's commitment to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action principles;
  5. Demonstrate the continued "good faith" efforts of the state of Oregon; and
  6. Act as a consultant and advisor to the agencies to assist them in meeting their goals and action plans.                                                              

Frank Garcia                        

                                                           State of Oregon Affirmative Action Director
 
Complaints
 
 
You may direct complaints and concerns regarding diversity, inclusion, and cultural competency to Gary Sims, Diversity and Inclusion Administrator.  From there we will notify Human Resources so that a thorough investigation may be conducted.  The Diversity and Inclusion team will walk you through the process and track the complaint with you as it progresses and concludes.
 
Please contact:
Gary Sims, Diversity and Inclusion Administrator
2575 Center St. NE
Salem, OR 97301
503-945-9029
 
 
Awareness Months and Diversity Holidays
 
November
November is National Native American Heritage Month, which celebrates the history and contributions of Native Americans.
 
November 3 is Ashura, a holiday recognized by Muslims to mark the martyrdom of Hussain. It also commemorates that day Noah left the ark and Moses was saved from the Egyptians by God.
 
November 11 is Veterans Day, an annual U.S. federal holiday honoring military veterans. The date is also celebrated as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in other parts of the world and commemorates the ending of the first World War in 1918.
 
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November 12 is the Birth of Baha’u’llah, a day on which members of the Baha’i faith celebrate the birthday of the founder of the Baha’i religion.
 
November 20 is Transgender Day of Remembrance, established in 1998 to memorialize those who have been killed as a result of transphobia and raise awareness of the continued violence endured by the transgender community.
 
November 23 is Feast of Christ the King, the last holy Sunday in the western liturgical calendar. This day is observed by the Roman Catholic Church, as well as many Anglicans, Lutherans, and other mainline Protestants.
 
November 27 is Thanksgiving.  An official U. S. federal holiday since 1863, Thanksgiving is one of the major holidays of the year.
 
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December
 
December 1 is World AIDS Day, which was created to commemorate those who have died of AIDS, and to acknowledge the need for a continued commitment to all those affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
 
December 7 is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, serving to remember and honor all those who died in the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
 
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December 8 is Bodhi Day, a holiday observed by Buddhists to commemorate Gautama’s enlightenment under the Bodhi tree at Bodhgaya, India.
 
December 10 is International Human Rights Day, established by the United Nations in 1948 to commemorate the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
 
December 12 is Feast Day at Our Lady of Guadalupe. This day commemorates the appearance of the Virgin Mary near Mexico City in 1531.
 
December 16-24 is Las Posadas, a nine-day celebration in Mexico commemorating the trials Mary and Joseph endured during their journey to Bethlehem.
 
December 16 (sunset) - December 24 (sunset) is Hanukkah (Chanukah). Also known as the Festival of Lights, it is an eight-day Jewish holiday recognizing the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. It is observed by lighting candles on a Menorah—one for each day of the festival.
 
December 25 is Christmas, the day that Christians associate with Jesus’ birth.
 
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December 26 – January 1 is Kwanzaa, an African-American holiday started by Maulana Karenga in 1966 to celebrate universal African-American heritage. It is observed by lighting candles to represent each of the holiday’s seven principles, libations, feasting, and gift giving.
 
December 31 is New Year’s Eve.
 
Question and Answer
 
Q. What is Diversity and Inclusion?
 
Diversity and Inclusion: Each person has an inherent need to be valued as an individual and to feel part of a cohesive group.
  • Diversity is understanding and valuing the range and variety of characteristics that define individuals.
  • Inclusion is being a part of a high performance team that values and encourges the contribution of all individuals.
 
 
 
 
Q. What is cultural competency?
 
Cultural competency is the ability to interact effectively with people of different cultures and backgrounds.
 
 
 
 
 

Q. How do we categorize ethnic groups?
 
The Governor's Affirmative Action office categorizes ethnic groups this way:
  • American Indian or Alaskan Native: a person with origins in any of the original peoples of North America through tribal affiliation or community recognition.
 
  • Asian or Pacific Islander: a person with origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southwest Asia, Hawaiian Native, the Indian subcontinent or the Pacific Islands.  This area includes, for example, China, Japan, the Philippine Republic and Samoa.
 
  • Black/African American (not of Hispanic Origin): a person with origins in any of the black racial groups of African who are not also Hispanic.
 
  • Caucasian (Includes European American and Arab Americans): a person with origins in the original peoples of Europe, North African or the middle East who is not of Hispanic origin.
 
  • Hispanic: a person of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central of South America, or other Spanish culture regardless of race.  Only those persons from central and south America countries who are of Spanish origin, descent or culture should be included in this category.  Persons from Brazil, Guiana, Surinam, or Trinidad, for example would be classified according to their race and would not necessarily be included in the Hispanic Category.  In addition, the category does not include person from Portugal who should be classified according to race.
Ultimately, the choice of which group a person belongs to depends on which group the individual identifies him or herself with.
 
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Culture Card: A Guide to Build American Awareness: American Indian and Alaska Native: