What We Do

In September 2019, Governor Ralph S. Northam appointed Dr. Janice Underwood to serve the Commonwealth, as the nation’s first cabinet-level Chief Diversity Officer.  With the creation of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Virginia is becoming a national exemplar in addressing the historical injustices and inequities that have existed for the last 400 years within all systems across our Commonwealth.

The shared goal of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is to develop Virginia into an inclusive state where people can live, learn, work, visit, and thrive.  The purpose of the DEI office is to:

  1. Create a statewide assessment to evaluate inequities with formal and informal systems, processes, leaders, legislation, and overall logistics;
  2. Develop a sustainable framework for the continued promotion of inclusive practices across state government;
  3. Collaborate with 105+ state agencies within the Commonwealth to ensure equity and inclusion within the areas of employee engagement, hiring and retention practices, and the implementation of a diversity strategic plan; and
  4. Engage with diverse stakeholders around the Commonwealth to establish and increase inclusive excellence across the Commonwealth

The ONE Virginia Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence

The ONE Virginia Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence is a statewide effort to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion across all state agencies in the Commonwealth. The ONE Virginia Plan is also a model for other public and private sector organizations.

Click here to learn more and to download the ONE Virginia online toolkit for your organization, division, business, or agency.

COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Important Links

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For more information on COVID-19, review the resources below.

Office of Governor Ralph S. Northam:
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Virginia Department of Health:
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Virginia 2-1-1:
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Specific Guidance for Faith Leaders and Faith Communities

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Specific Guidance for Faith Leaders and Faith Communities  - 2nd Resource

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Commonwealth of Virginia Equity Leadership Task Force

The equity leadership task force directs the work of the Health Equity Work Group (HEWG) as part of the unified command for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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Equity Dashboards Are Now Live

The Commonwealth has developed two dashboards: Equity-in-Action and Equity-at-a-Glance. These dashboards celebrate Virginia’s leadership in equity and serve as a call to action for leaders to continue to close equity gaps to improve Virginians’ access to resources. Click on the links to learn more.


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Black History is Virginia History

November 2, 2020: Watch the "Black History is Virginia History" promotional video.

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Community Townhall on Racial Equity and Policing Reform

August 6, 2020: Watch Governor Northam's Community Townhall on Racial Equity and Policing Reform.

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One Commonwealth Many Virginians: Uniting in Interfaith Prayer for Healing and Unity


June 24, 2020: Watch Governor Northman’s Interfaith Prayer Vigil

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Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer, Dr. Janice Underwood on Twitter