Governor's Workforce Equity and Diversity Council

About the Council

The Governor's Workforce Equity & Diversity Council (GWEDC) was created by Executive Order to consult with and advise the Commissioner of Human Resources and the Secretary of Administration regarding development, implementation, and the maintenance of the state’s Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Programs. The mission of the GWEDC is to support a workplace culture in state government that promotes equitable treatment for all, and one that embraces the true value workplace diversity offers.

The makeup of the Council is set by Executive Order: representatives from designated State entities (Department of Human Resources, Department of Labor, Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living, Attorney General's Office, and Vermont Commission on Women); the State employees' union (Vermont State Employees' Association, Inc.); and up to nine additional members appointed by the Governor.  If you are interested in becoming a member of the GWEDC, please apply through the Governor’s Office here.

In addition to working to advance the goals of workforce diversity, the Council assists the Commissioner of the Department of Human Resources in preparing the State's annual Equal Employment Opportunity Plan and annual report on the integration of diversity issues with Statewide planning and development efforts.

Council Meetings

The 2021 schedule of GWEDC meetings is as follows:

  • January 12
  • March 9
  • May 11
  • July 13
  • September 14
  • November 9

Until further notice, the GWEDC will meet via video chat from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Contact
For information about the Governor's Workforce Equity and Diversity Council,
contact Nick Lopez at nicholas.lopez@vermont.gov.

Member Roster
See Forms and Documents link, below, for the current roster.