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:
The ONE Virginia Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence is a state-wide 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.
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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.
For the latest ONE Virginia news, click here to download our e-newsletter, ONE Virginia News: Inclusive Excellence in the Commonwealth.
November 2, 2020: Watch the "Black History is Virginia History" promotional video.
August 6, 2020: Watch Governor Northam's Community Townhall on Racial Equity and Policing Reform.