The One Minnesota Council on Inclusion and Equity is an interagency partnership the Governor has charged with ensuring everyone in Minnesota has an opportunity to thrive.
Disparities in Minnesota, including those based on race, geography, and economic status, keep our entire state from reaching its full potential. As long as inequities impact Minnesotans’ ability to be successful, we have work to do. Diversity, inclusion, and equity are therefore essential core values and top priorities to achieve One Minnesota.
Governor Walz signs Executive Order 19-01, establishing the One Minnesota Council for Inclusion and Equity.
Governor Walz meets with students at John Marshall High School in Rochester for his Children's Cabinet meeting.
Governor Walz greets Minnesotans at the Hmong New Year celebration in St. Paul.
Lt. Governor Flanagan joins community members at the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women March.
Governor Walz and First Lady Walz host an Iftar at the Governor's Residence.
On his second day in office, Governor Tim Walz renewed the state’s commitment to equity and inclusion through his very first Executive Order (19-01), establishing the One Minnesota Council on Inclusion and Equity. The order states that: “In Minnesota, we know we are all better off together…Diversity, inclusion, and equity are therefore essential core values and top priorities to achieve One Minnesota.”
The One Minnesota Council on Inclusion and Equity exists to help ensure that every action by our administration is done through the lens of One Minnesota and that the people who are most affected by our decisions are at not only included in, but at the center of the decision-making process.
Chris Taylor, the State’s Chief Inclusion Officer, leads the One Minnesota Council on Inclusion and Equity, and he is also tasked with making sure institutions across the state look like and support the people we are working for. The Governor has a goal of creating an inclusive state workforce that retains at least 75 percent of newly hired employees for at least two years and achieves this retention rate for American Indians, people of color, people who have a disability, and veterans by 2022.
The Council will look at supporting metrics like turnover, proportion of State workforce, proportion of State managers, proportion of employees exiting state service, inclusive climate survey, and proportion of employees earning promotion. To reach this goal, the Council will focus on four strategic areas of emphasis:
Council on Inclusion and Equity Composition
The Governor will serve as the Chair of the Council, and the Chief Inclusion Officer will serve as the Chair of the Council on behalf of the Governor. The Governor’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Public Engagement and Outreach will serve as the Vice Chair of the Council.
The Council will be comprised of Commissioners from Cabinet Agencies as selected by the Governor. The Council should involve all of the Commissioners that comprise the Governor’s Cabinet in its work, as their visible strong leadership is critical to establishing and achieving the Council’s diversity, inclusion, and equity goals.