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Diversity Initiatives

The Commonwealth of Kentucky strives to create a work environment that values diversity and inclusion.  Diversity complements the other organizational values of teamwork, leadership, empowerment and service quality and encompasses the way we work, the work environment, and respect for people and ideas. Diversity includes everyone and everything. While its major focus may often revolve around race and gender, it is not something that is defined, or limited to these two factors. Diversity also extends to age, personal and work history, education, function, personality, geographic origin, tenure with the organization, merit and non-merit status, and management or non-management position. It also encompasses varying management styles and ways of thinking, leadership abilities, skill levels, experiences, viewpoints, expression of thoughts and differing ways of delivering services provided there is consistency in the values we share.

The Office of Diversity, Equality, and Training (ODET) is responsible for the development and implementation of a progressive workforce diversity plan.  Our plan is designed to empower the Commonwealth's employees to appreciate the benefits of diversity and inclusion in the workplace and beyond.  In recognition of the variety evident in the cultures, perspectives and circumstances of our employees, we utilize a myriad of approaches with an emphasis on Innovation, Collaboration and Education.

Maintaining a culture that values increased awareness and respect for an inclusive workplace encourages our employees to support diverse communities, thereby promoting a more socially and economically vibrant Commonwealth.

The Annual Governor's Diversity Day is a program that seeks to raise diversity awareness and cultural competency among Kentucky's elementary, middle and high school students.  The Office of Diversity, Equality, and Training (ODET) assists schools across the Commonwealth of Kentucky in developing local events to celebrate this special occasion!  Additionally, the annual Governor's Diversity Day Video Project challenges students to organize and present their thoughts on a yearly theme in a video format!

For more information on the Governor's Diversity Day programs, please contact Chris Johnson at 502.564.8000 or Chris.Johnson@ky.gov

The Governor's Minority Management Trainee Program was created by Executive Order in August 1995. This recruitment and professional development tool was established to increase the representation of minority managers within state government. This program helps participants cultivate the skills needed to serve Kentucky's citizens. Participants receive in-depth, practical training through online and classroom instruction, on-the-job experience and special projects.

For more information on the Governor's Minority Management Trainee Program, please contact Colene Elridge at 502.564.8000 or ColeneH.Elridge@ky.gov

The Office of Diversity, Equality, and Training (ODET) currently provides two diversity related trainings for state employees; Moving the Commonwealth Forward: Embracing Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace and Bridging the Generation Gap in the Workplace.  A summary of the trainings and training calendar can be accessed here. Contact your training liasion to register.  Additionally, you can request training for your agency by submitting the ODE Training Request Form.