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Diversity and Inclusion From the Governor's Office

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."

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 mission.”

​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 

Lorena Garcia

Office Specialist


Katie Stewart 
Program Support





Katharine Dumitru
Office Specialist

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 Corrections.





  Governor Kate Brown​

The 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.

For 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.
For those 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 meeting.
Please contact Katie Stewart for username and password help.
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.”
April '17 Lunch and Learn.JPG 

Annual Statewide Diversity Conference

Mark your calendars! The 2017 Annual Statewide Diversity Conference will be held September 26-27 at the Salem Convention Center.     
Information on how to attend will be sent out soon. For all questions, contact Katie Stewart
Diversity & Inclu​sion Services
• Affirmative Action 
• Affirmative Action and Cultural Competency Training Program
• Annual Statewide Diversity Conference
• Destination 2026 – Culture
• Disability and Access Coordination 
• Disproportionate Minority Contact
• Employee Resource Groups
• Factsheets
• International Consulates
 Internship Program
 Legislative Commission on Indian Services
 Lunch and Learn Presentations
 Management Affirmative Action Training
 Oregon Advocacy Commissions
 Racial Disparity
 Staff Complaints
 State-Tribal Public Safety Cluster
 Tribal Liaison
•​ Underrepresented Community Outreach 
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!


Please 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.​

Internship Program


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
Look to see what biases you have for or against different groups of people. Harvard Implicit Test
Understanding workplace values around the world:

Culture Card: A Guide to Build American Awareness: 
American Indian and Alaska Native Culture Card


Complaints?  Concerns?

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  

Please contact:
Gary Sims, Diversity and Inclusion Administrator
2757 22nd St SE
Salem, OR 97302