COLUMBUS – Today, Senator Joe Schiavoni and State Board of Education Member Stephanie Dodd, candidates for Ohio Governor and Lt. Governor, announced the creation of a new cabinet level position and related state department, which they will implement as the next Governor as Lt. Governor of Ohio.
The new Office of Diversity & Inclusion will work to promote fair hiring practices and employment outreach to ensure Ohio’s state government and workforce are more reflective of the state’s population in terms of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity, and physical ability.
“Everyone in Ohio deserves a seat at the table. We achieve that goal by making sure every community has a voice in state government and decision-making roles,” said Senator Schiavoni.
“That way, we can be sure every community’s interests and concerns are reflected in policy discussions.”
Many Ohio universities, corporations, and local governments already have similar positions or departments in place. Joe and Stephanie spoke with local leaders to learn about best practices in creating an Office of Diversity & Inclusion that will be effective and will not create additional bureaucracy.
“Previous Ohio administrations have had various versions of this role, but no administration has given this level of commitment to making sure everyone has a place in Ohio’s government and workforce. Our Office of Diversity & Inclusion will be its own department with a cabinet head who makes sure we are paying attention to this issue at all times. That’s how we achieve true representation,” said Stephanie Dodd.
The Office of Diversity & Inclusion will:
- Hold trainings to educate employers and state leaders about fair representation in the workplace and respecting diverse backgrounds in a working environment.
- Promote fair hiring practices.
- Work to ensure fair contracts.
- Provide and ensure outreach to schools and colleges to encourage people of all backgrounds to work in state government.
The ultimate goal of this office will be to achieve a state government and workforce that accurately represents Ohio’s population as a whole.