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Committees & Groups

DHS Director's Diversity and Equity Advisory Council (DEAC)

Agency-wide committee with representation from each DHS program. Provides the DHS Director and senior leadership with recommendations and guidance on diversity, inclusion and equity issues. Members are recommended by the Directors of their respective Program Areas or Units and confirmed by the DHS Director. DEAC meets monthly in Salem.

For more information contact:

Ryan Vogt

DEAC Chair

(503) 945-6120
Ryan.Vogt@state.or.us​


Local Diversity Committees (by Districts)

Each DHS District has a Diversity Committee to address diversity, inclusion and equity issues locally and report to a senior manager.  Diversity Committees have representatives from every local program area.  Currently, the major foci of the committees is increasing workforce diversity and closing service equity disparity gaps.  They accomplish this through strategic planning, advising management, educational events, special projects, community engagement, serving on hiring and other committees.

The Office of Equity & Multicultural Services (OEMS) advises and supports local Diversity Committee efforts.  Committees are eligible to apply for Diversity & Equity Innovation Grants up to $5,000 per biennium.  

Please contact specific Diversity Committee Chairs for more information.

DHS Local Diversity Committee Contacts.docDHS Local Diversity Committee Contact List (last updated January 2013)


Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)

At the Oregon Department of Human Services, we believe that our continued success in serving all people depends on the diverse skills, experiences, and backgrounds that our employees bring to the agency. ERGs were established to help foster both an inclusive work environment for a diverse workforce as well greater equity for the diverse populations we serve.  

More than just a traditional affinity group, ERGs provide a safe and supportive network, typically organized around a shared identity to a) recruit and retain a diverse workforce; and b) to help the agency improve services to underserved group(s).  Consistent with the mission and core values of DHS, ERGs may offer career development, seek job candidates for open positions, provide support, networking opportunities, education, mentoring, community engagement, input on safe and equitable services, and assistance in activities that promote cultural awareness and social justice. ERGs may not engage in unlawful political activity; be organized for the purpose of advancing or opposing any religion or religious viewpoint;nor may Employee Resource Groups engage in religious or worship activity in a manner consistent with federal and state laws.

DHS Specific ERGs:
  • Black Employee Support Team (B.E.S.T.)
  • Hispanic Network (HispNet)
  • LGBTQ Employee Resource Group

State of Oregon ERGs:


Other DHS Diversity-Related Committees

  • Race, Ethnicity, Language and Disability (REAL D) Data Standards Committee
  • Service Equity Breakthrough Committee
  • Workforce Diversity QBR Steering Committee
  • Supplier Diversity Committee