Workforce Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
We embrace workforce diversity, equity and inclusion, through the elimination of barriers to growth and opportunity, allowing each employee to contribute their full measure of talent, and building our capacity to deliver innovative, effective, and culturally relevant services to all the people of Washington.
The DEI Council is the state's advisory and coordinating group, supporting strategic diversity, equity and inclusion efforts across state government.
Executive orders and directives from Governor Inslee to enhance the recruitment, retention and safety of our state’s workforce.
Statewide business resource groups bring together groups of employees and their allies who have a common interest or characteristic. Members bring their unique knowledge and perspectives, making them an asset to state business needs, such as recruitment and retention.
Find out when and where statewide business resource groups are meeting.
How equal employment opportunity connects with diversity management and affirmative action.
Resources for HR staff and managers on how to build a case for diversity at your workplace, measure diversity, and manage cultural change.
Information for HR staff on how to increase employment opportunities for transitioning military service members in Washington state.
How to request a reasonable accomodation if applying for a state job or attending state training.
How to create an accessible and inclusive work environment, address under-reporting of persons with disabilities, get guidance on identifying essential functions, and information on the Supported Employment in State Government program.
The Supported Employment in State Government (SESG) Program, RCW 41.04 was adopted by the Legislature in 1999 and provides paid competitive employment opportunities for individuals with developmental and other significant disabilities in integrated work settings.
Links to federal regulations and state laws requiring affirmative action and non-discrimination, and information on reporting requirements for state agencies.