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Diversity, Equality and Inclusion


Governor's Minority Management Trainee Program
Leadership development

The Governor’s Minority Management Trainee Program (GMMTP) is a one-year professional development opportunity for Executive Branch minority employees. Participants will receive in-depth and practical training through classroom instruction and hands-on experience.

Governor's Conference on Leadership, Equality, Accessibility and Diversity (LEAD)
Annual diversity and inclusion professional development event

The Governor's Conference on Leadership, Equality, Accessibility and Diversity (LEAD) is one of the largest and longest running events of its kind in Kentucky. Attendees are presented with new ways to think about diversity and inclusion through engaging conversations with some of the area’s leading topic experts. This professional development opportunity has attracted over 1,000 registrants from the public and private sectors across the U.S.

Diversity and Inclusion Councils
One part of our workplace inclusion initiatives

The Diversity and Inclusion Councils are independent, yet share the objectives of diversity and inclusion, enhance cultural awareness and cultivate a sense of belonging. There are currently 11 partnerships with agencies representing the Commonwealth.

Employee Resource Groups
Creating connection & promoting advancement

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are voluntary, employee-led groups of individuals who share a common interest in various aspects of diversity and inclusion. ERGs are proven to increase cultural awareness and cultivate a sense of belonging among employees. State employees who are ERG members will have the opportunity to develop and lead programming initiatives that support the Commonwealth’s overall diversity and inclusion goals.

Training & Development
Training opportunities available for all employees

The Office of Diversity, Equality and Training offers training to executive branch employees and agencies state-wide to enhance workplace culture, foster a sense of belonging and provide an environment free from harassment and discrimination. These training opportunities are provided in person, and via virtual platforms such as MyPURPOSE, Teams and ZOOM.

Workplace Diversity
A workplace representative of our diverse state

The Office of Diversity, Equality & Training has partnered with the Department of Human Resources Administration (DHRA) to create efficient pathways to careers in state government, while strengthening community connections. Our diversity recruitment efforts include partnerships with colleges and non-profit community service organizations, while leveraging external outreach opportunities across the state.

 The Office of Diversity, Equality, and Training (ODET) provides general guidance and oversight of statewide EEO compliance. The office develops standard procedures, monitors agency responsiveness and exercises investigative authority on behalf of the Office of the Secretary to address complaints of workplace harassment and discrimination in accordance to KRS 18A.025.


Pursuant to relevant state and federal laws, it is the Commonwealth of Kentucky's policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all people in all aspects of employer-employee relations without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ancestry, age, pregnancy or related medical condition, marital or familial status, disability, veteran status, political affiliation, or genetic information.


Employer-employee relations shall include, but not be limited to, hiring, promotion, termination, tenure, recruitment and compensation.​


Although Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 previously addressed the rights of individuals with disabilities, the ADA extends this coverage to a wider array of areas. Specifically, the ADA outlines five areas ("Titles") in which persons with disabilities have legal rights: employment, public services, public accommodations, telecommunications, and other miscellaneous provisions.  Please visit the AD​A Fact Sheets for additional information regarding the five (5) titles of the ADA.

To review other important resources relating to the ADA please visit:

Home | U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (eeoc.gov)

The Americans with Disabilities Act | ADA.gov

Southeast ADA Center (adasoutheast.org)

JAN - Job Accommodation Network (askjan.org)

Vocational Rehabilitation - Kentucky Career Center

KATS Network – Disability Solutions Through Technology

Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Office of Education Accountability Hotline

ADAPostsecondaryEducation.pdf (ky.gov)

Kentucky Commission on Human Rights

Disclaimer: The goal of this web page is to provide a general overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and thus should be used for informational purposes only. For the sake of brevity, this site only provides summaries and highlights of the many components of the ADA. Readers interested in a comprehensive discussion of the law should contact the U.S. Department of Justice for in-depth ADA information. No endorsement is intended or made of any hypertext link, product, service, or information either by its inclusion or exclusion from this page or site. While all attempts are made to insure the correctness and suitability of information under our control and to correct any errors brought to our attention, no representation or guarantee can be made as to the correctness or suitability of that information or any linked information presented, referenced, or implied. All critical information should be independently verified. The inclusion of links from this site does not imply endorsement by Personnel Cabinet or the ADA Coordinator. Any questions should be directed to the administrators of this or any other specific sites.​

The Affirmative Action Plan reaffirms the Commonwealth's commitment to non-discrimination and equal employment opportunity fair treatment of applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ancestry, age, pregnancy or related medical condition, marital or familial status, disability, veteran status, political affiliation, or genetic information. ​


​​​​*Some benefits listed may not be available to all employees; certain benefits may be limited by employee position, statute, administrative regulation, and/or personnel policy.