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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
"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

Kim Brockamp, 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:

Mr. Mark Nooth, SRCI Superintendent
East Side Institutions Council Lead
​777 Stanton Blvd.
Ontario, OR 97914
(541) 881-5000

Ms. Kimberly Hendricks, SCCI Superintendent
West Side Institutions Council Lead
24499 SW Grahams Ferry Rd.
Wilsonville, OR 97070
(503) 570-6400
Claudia Wells, 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

Joan Barton
CTRS Population Management
Salem, OR

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
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
Correctional Lieutenant
Tillamook, OR  

Nina Sobotta
Minority Affairs
Pendleton, OR
                                                                                                                  Laura Sterling
                                                                                                                                       Correctional Lieutenant
                                                                                                                                                Lakeview, OR


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 Kate Brown


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.                                                              
Presentations, Articles, and Diversity in the News!
Join us for Lunch and Learn Thursdays from 12:00PM - 1:00PM in the Michael Franke Conference Room at the Dome!
Upcoming Presentations:
April 23rd - "Suicide" Mike VanPatten, AOCE
May 1st - Guy Hall
May 7th - Mike Wu
May 14th - TBA
May 21st - Avrohom Perlstein Chaplain
May 28th - Shu Liang
Completed Presentations:
 2014 State Diversity Conference in the News
Upcoming Events and Activities from Around the State


18th Annual World Beat Festival
1 Chance.  Once a Year.   1 World.
Riverfront Park, Salem, Oregon
June 27th and 28th, 2015

Awareness Months and Diversity Holidays
March is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, Women’s History Month, and Irish American Heritage Month.
1st Orthodox Sunday – Orthodox Christian
Intercalary Days (end) - Bahá'í
Saint David's Day - Christian
2nd Nineteen Day Fast (start) - Bahá'í
5th Purim - Judaism
Magha Puja Day - Buddhist
6th Holi - Hindu
Hola Mohalla - Sikh
8th International Women’s Day - Secular
13th L. Ron Hubbard Birthday - Scientology
17th Saint Patrick's Day - Christian
Maha Shivaratri - Hindu
19th Saint Joseph's Day - Christian
20th Ostara - Wicca/Pagan – northern hemisphere
Mabon (First day of Spring) - Wicca/Pagan – southern hemisphere
International day of Happiness
21st Naw Ruz - Bahá'í
Norooz - Persian/Zoroastrian
New Year - Hindu
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination - Secular
22nd World Water Day
23rd World Meteorological Day
25th Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Christian
26th Khordad Sal - Zoroastrian
28th Ramanavami - Hindu
Birth of Prophet Zarathushtra - Zoroastrian
29th Palm Sunday - Christian
April is Autism Awareness Month, Stress Awareness Month, Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, and Arab American Heritage Month.
1st April Fools Day
2nd Maundy Thursday - Christian
World Autism Awareness Day
3rd Good Friday - Christian
Mahavir Jayanti - Jain
4th Pesach (Passover) - Judaism
Therevadin New Year - Buddhist
Hanuman Jayanti - Hindu
Lazarus Saturday – Orthodox Christian
Holy Saturday - Christian
5th Easter Sunday - Christian
6th Easter Monday - Christian
7th World Health Day - Secular
8th International Romani Day
12th Pascha (Easter) - Orthodox Christian
13th Vaisakhi - New Year - Sikh
14th Birthday of Guru Nanak - Sikh
Hola Mohalla - Sikh
15th Lord's Evening Meal - Jehovah's Witness Christian
16th Yom Hazikaron - Judaism
Yom HaShoah – Judaism
Holocaust Remembrance Day
18th Birthday of Guru Tegh
Bahadur - Sikh
Birthday of Guru Angad Dev - Sikh
21st First Day of Ridvan - Bahá'í
22nd Earth Day - Secular
Administrative Professionals Day
23rd Saint George's Day - Christian
Yom Ha'Atzmaut - Judaism
27th Shakespeare Day
29th Ninth Day of Ridvan - Bahá'í
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.
Articles of Interest
Harvard Implicit Test: Looking for Hidden Biases
Look to see what biases you have for or against different groups of people.
Understanding workplace values around the world:

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


Complaints?  Concerns?

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