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Diversity, equity, and inclusion

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is committed to providing Oregonians with equal access to its programs and services and fair and equal employment opportunities.

DCBS employees will treat all people with dignity and respect and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, national origin, age, marital status, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, political or religious affiliation, veteran status, or physical or mental disability.



Diversity is the quality of being different or unique at the individual or group level. This includes age; ethnicity; gender; gender identity; military status; language differences; nationality; parental status; physical, mental, and developmental abilities; race; religion; sexual orientation; skin color; socio-economic status; work and behavioral styles; and the perspectives of each person shaped by that individual’s nation, experiences, and culture. Even when people appear the same on the outside, they are different.


Equity is giving everyone what they need to be successful. Equality aims to promote fairness, but it can work only if everyone starts from the same place and needs the same thing. Equality is treating everyone the same. We must first ensure equity before we can enjoy equality.


Inclusion is a state of being valued, respected, and supported. Inclusion should be reflected within DCBS culture, practices, and relationships that support a diverse workforce for all people to achieve their full potential. We build a culture of belonging by actively inviting the contribution and participation of all employees.

Supporting materials

Diversity, equity, and inclusion manager

This position oversees the agency’s diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. This person reports to the agency director and provides the strategic direction for the diversity outreach and Affirmative Action plan for the agency. This person provides leadership, creativity, and an innovative approach to community outreach to attract and retain underrepresented people. Under this person’s responsibility is the Diversity and Inclusion Council.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council

The DCBS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council is an advisory body that promotes achieving the agency’s diversity and inclusion initiative and business needs through effective culture change strategies. The council’s three subcommittees – Events, Governance, and Training – help fulfill the goals of the council and the agency’s diversity and inclusion mission. They market (Events), share resources (Training), and review (Governance) areas regarding diversity and inclusion.

Events calendar

FebruaryAfrican American History Month
MarchNational Women’s History Month
AprilMarch 13 to April 15 is National Deaf History Month
Arab American Heritage Month
MayAsian Pacific American Heritage
Older Americans Month
JuneLGBTQ+ Pride Month
SeptemberNational Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15)
OctoberNational Disability Employment Awareness Month
NovemberNational American Indian Heritage Month

Working at DCBS

All employment decisions will be based on an individual’s relevant experience, education and training, and suitability relative to a position, without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, political or religious affiliation, veteran status, or physical or mental disability. DCBS recognizes a diverse workforce is crucial to serve Oregonians.

The department works to achieve and maintain diversity through its diversity recruitment outreach efforts, which include the following:

  • Reaching out to the broadest possible labor market when recruiting for positions
  • Enforcing a zero-tolerance policy against any form of discrimination or harassment
  • Holding all managers and employees accountable for creating and promoting a work environment that is welcoming and free from hostility or unwelcome behavior
  • Maintaining a copy of the DCBS Affirmative Action Plan on its website, making it available for managers and employees to review
  • Evaluating managers and supervisors on their effectiveness in promoting diversity and a welcoming environment for DCBS

Working together, the department’s workforce at all levels creates an atmosphere of respect, fairness, and cooperation that reflects our rich, multicultural society. Through this collaborative effort, we can effectively and efficiently achieve our mission of protecting consumers and workers.

DCBS recruitment

Understanding the state application process


Race in Oregon History, A Historical Perspective​ ​​​​

​Video presentation: Race in Oregon History, A Historical Perspective​

​Allies, Drum Majors, and Gap Dwellers: What is your assignment?​

​Break the Cycle: A Conversation About the Rise of Anti-APIA Racist Violence​

Up the Capital Steps: A Conversation with Governor Barbara Roberts​​

​​DCBS DEI playlist


Divergent tools

Nine Federally Recognized Tribes of Oregon


Veronica Murray​
Phone: 503-689-2053

Para información en español
Diversidad, equidad e inclusion​​
Teléfono: 503-689-2053​