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 work groups meet at their discretion to advance their projects and prepare for full meetings. Full Council meetings, unless otherwise posted, are conducted 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., at the State’s Center for Achievement in Public Service (CAPS), 32 College Street, Montpelier, VT.
The 2019 schedule of full meetings is February 12, April 9, June 11, September 10, and November 12.
For information about the Governor's Workforce Equity and Diversity Council, contact Rachel Allen at Rachel.Allen@vermont.gov 802-828-6988.