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CDCR, CCHCS staff lead movement to advance race and gender equity

Men and women stand in from of two flags.
From left are Stefanie Kane, Brenda Crowding, Nolice Edwards, Khanh Nguyen, Kevin Grassel, Sarina Calderon, Traci Patterson, Preetika Nand-Lal and Fergus Leckie. Not pictured: Michelle Allen, Linda Bridges, Olivia Briones, Carmen-Nicole Cox, Connie Gipson, Sarah Larson, Emma Regidor, Elizabeth Sherrell-Davis.

More than 24 million Californians now live in jurisdictions participating in the Governmental Alliance on Race & Equity (GARE) Capitol Cohort under which they are being trained to identify structural and institutional inequities.

The teams, including one at CDCR and California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS), are sharing information and resources that will assist government agencies to advance racial equity in their departments and the communities they serve.

CDCR Secretary Ralph Diaz and CCHCS Receiver J. Clark Kelso have designated the Office of Civil Rights under the oversight of Director Guillermo Viera Rosa to take the lead on furthering the important work and recommendations developed by the 2018 GARE Team, which included a five-year strategic plan to advance race and gender equity within the department’s workforce. Highlights of the strategic plan include increasing departmental awareness through communication and outreach; implicit bias and other sensitivity training; and review of recruitment, hiring, retention and promotional practices.

“California is leading the way with Alliance on Race and Equity,” said Viera Rosa. “I look forward to supporting and guiding CDCR and CCHCS GARE Team as they work collectively to put in place an action plan in 2019 that will serve as our guiding practices and core strategies for California. Together, we can have a positive impact across the corrections profession while collectively raising the level of racial and gender equity in the workplace.”

For the second consecutive year, representatives from CDCR and CCHCS are participating in GARE. Other participating State agencies include the Department of Public Health, Housing and Community Development, Department of Transportation, Department of Education, Department of Social Services, and California Environmental Protection Agency.

We want to hear about your experiences with race and gender equity in CDCR and CCHCS.  Stay tuned for more opportunities to be involved.

To learn more about GARE and the Capitol Cohort, please visit the GARE website.  For information about work being done by the CDCR and CCHCS team, please contact the Office of External Affairs at cal_externalaffairs@cdcr.ca.gov or phone (916) 445-4950.