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.
| From the Director's Office
A Message from the Director's Office
"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 Oregon Department of
Corrections continues to develop strategies that further support diversity and
inclusion practices within our agency. I look forward in my role as Interim
Deputy Director to help facilitate finding avenues to promote a work
environment that recognizes and respects a workforce that is diverse in nature,
and whose individual differences, life experiences and culture provides a
pathway to mold into a cohesive workforce that allows us to perform at the
highest level of professionalism and efficiencies as we fulfill our agency’s
Brian Belleque, ODOC Deputy Director
|Department of Corrections Diversity and Inclusion Staff |
Gary Sims, MBA, M.A.Ed.., M.Div.Diversity and Inclusion Administrator
Diversity and Inclusion Administrator Direct Support 503-378-2364
|Department of Corrections Multi-Agency Advisory Council|
The Office of Diversity and
Inclusion is working on the development of a multi-agency advisory council for
the diversity, equity, and inclusion work performed by the Department of
Governor Kate Brown
Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion/Affirmative Action (DEI/AA) is
committed to providing leadership and support to Oregon state agencies as they
create a work environment that allows every individual the opportunity to reach
their full potential as a state employee. Training, policies and practices are
focused toward improving recruitment, retention and promotion and toward
ensuring nondiscrimination toward employees protected through the Equal
Employment Opportunity Commission regulations and Oregon statutes. In addition,
the DEI/AA Office oversees the development of state business policies that
direct the conduct of contracting and procurement processes to eliminate bias
and barriers for businesses owned by minorities, women, and veterans and
emerging small businesses to provide the state with goods and services. The
DEI/AA Office works with policy advisors and other agencies to increase
engagement with community members across the state to ensure thatall Boards
and Commissions reflect the diversity of the people of Oregon.
more information please visit the Governor's Office Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion/Affirmative Action.
|Lunch and Learns|
Lunch and Learns will occur on the first Monday of every month
(except February and March) and will be held from 12 – 1 p.m. PST in
the Michael Francke Conference Room at the Dome Building (2575 Center St NE,
Salem, OR 97301). Please check the 2017 schedule for dates.
that cannot be present, you may dial in (541) 737-8725 with conference ID:
39112# (don’t forget the # sign). The conference number and ID will work at
precisely 11:50AM (PST). You may wish to join online via Adobe Connect,
please feel free to log on, enter your first name, exit the pop-up screen, and enter the
April is Autism Awareness Month!
Presenting this month is Ms. Lillian Pacheco, from
Oregon Health and Science University’s Simons Foundation Powering Autism
Research for Knowledge (SPARK). She will be presenting on behalf of Autism
awareness, and SPARK’s mission of “speeding up research to advance our
understanding of autism by creating the nation’s largest autism study.”
|Diversity & Inclusion Services|
Action and Cultural Competency Training Program
• Annual Statewide Diversity
• Destination 2026
• Disability and
• Employee Resource
Commission on Indian Services
• Lunch and Learn Presentations
Affirmative Action Training
• Oregon Advocacy
• Racial Disparity
• Staff Complaints
Public Safety Cluster
• Tribal Liaison
|International Potluck Dinner|
The Salem Mayor’s International Council in collaboration with World
Beat is holding an internationally themed potluck Tuesday, May 16, 2017, which will
include many locally resettled refugees, terrific food and cultural performance!
see the attached invitation, and RSVP to Gretchen Bennett, Human Rights and Relations/Federal Compliance Coordinator for the City of Salem. Please share with your
networks – all are welcome! In your RSVP it is helpful to know if you
anticipate bringing an entrée, salad or dessert.
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is in the process of developing an internship program for the Department of Corrections. More information soon to follow. Please direct all questions to Katharine Dumitru.
|Articles of Interest|
Harvard Implicit Test: Looking for Hidden Biases
Understanding workplace values around the world:
Culture Card: A Guide to Build American Awareness:
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, in conjunction with Human Resources, will handle staff complaints of discrimination or harassment. D & I will do an initial intake meeting with the staff member who has made contact and find out what occurred and how the staff member felt about the situation. The formal complaint will be investigated by HR, while D & I consults with the staff member on how to proceed and ensure the staff member feels heard. D & I works specifically with the victim of discrimination and harassment to give the staff member a sense of restitution after they feel they have been wronged.
If you feel you have been harassed or discriminated
against at the Department of Corrections, please contact our office.
Please complete the Discrimination, Harassment, and Workplace Issues Form