Diversity and Inclusion Council
Function: The Council will work to study, educate, and develop recommendations and best practices in the area of diversity and inclusion in recruiting, retaining, and promoting state employees, in state contracting, and civic engagement for administrative agencies that comprise the Governor's cabinet.
Active dates:2015 -
The executive order creating the council rescinded Executive Order 91-14, which established the Affirmative Action Council. In 2016, Governor Dayton rescinded Executive Order 15-02 through Executive Order 16-01. This new Order maintains the Council, but changes the membership and creates a new position: Director of Diversity.
The Council will prepare a report to the Governor and the Legislature by July 1 of 2015, and by January 1, of each year thereafter.
The Governor's Director of Diversity serves as the Chair of the Council on behalf of the Governor. The Commissioner of the Department of Human Rights serves as the Vice-Chair. The Council includes the following other members: Commissioner of Administration; Commissioner of Employment and Economic Development; Commissioner of Education; Commissioner of Health; Commissioner of Higher Education; Commissioner of Human Services; Commissioner of Management and Budget; Chair of the Metropolitan Council; Commissioner of Minnesota Housing; Commissioner of Transportation; Chancellor of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities; President of the University of Minnesota; Secretary of State, by invitation.
The Council shall work in consultation with the agencies' Affirmative Action Officers, Minnesota Council on Latino Affairs, Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans, Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage, Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, Minnesota State Council on Disability, the office on the Economic Status of Women and other legislative commissions, joint agencies or boards deemed appropriate.
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