The Diversity and Inclusion Council was established by Governor Dayton on Jan. 20, 2015, upon the signing executive order 15-02. “A government that serves all the people of Minnesota should reflect all of Minnesota,” Governor Dayton said of the Council. “We must ensure that all of our citizens have equal opportunities to work for their state government, to do business with the state and to participate fully in our democracy...”
The goal of the Council is to ensure that all Minnesotans have equitable opportunities to work for their state government, to do business with the state and to participate fully in the development of policy within our democracy.
Governor Dayton serves as the Chair of the Council. The Council is comprised of commissioners and chairs of the following agencies and entities: Administration, Education, Employment and Economic Development, Health, Human Rights, Management and Budget, Metropolitan Council and Transportation.
The Council has three standing committees: the Employment Practices Committee, chaired by Management and Budget Commissioner Myron Frans; the Contracting Practices Committee, chaired by Department of Administration Commissioner Matt Massman; and the Civic Engagement committee, chaired by MDHR Commissioner Kevin Lindsey. The committees facilitate the Council receiving input and guidance from the public.
Reports to the Governor
The Council is charged with providing periodic reports on its activities to the Governor and the Legislature. The first report was submitted on July 1, 2015. The next report is due on January 1, 2106 and and each subsequent year on January 1.
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