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September 26, 2003



Reaffirming his commitment to creating a state government workforce that is reflective of the entire Massachusetts community, Governor Mitt Romney today swore in the members of the newly created Diversity and Equal Opportunity Advisory Council.


The council was established as part of an Executive Order issued by Romney earlier this year that created the Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity to promote a state government culture that recognizes the value of diversity. Since Romney took office in January, 37 percent of all Executive Branch hires have been minority.


Romney thanked the members of the council, from both the public and private sectors, for serving his Administration in this important role. “With the help of the council members, my Administration will work hard to foster a culture of inclusion that values diversity. We want Massachusetts to be recognized as a great place for people from all backgrounds to work and raise a family.”


As their first task, Romney charged the panel with reviewing and finalizing guidelines for implementing the Executive Order. Until the new guidelines are in place, he said all former policies and procedures will remain in place.


Romney also said the council will play a key role in all future administration initiatives designed to boost workplace diversity.


The council will be chaired by Ruth Bramson, the state’s Chief Human Resources and Diversity Officer, and vice-chaired by Sandra Borders, Director of the Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity.


Other members of the council are:


* State Senator Dianne Wilkerson;

* State Representative Jeffrey Sanchez;

* Pamela Dashiell, General Counsel, Office of the Attorney General;

* Ann Looney, General Counsel, Massachusetts Organization of State Engineers and Scientists;

* Ralph Cooper, Executive Director, Veterans’ Benefits Clearinghouse;

* Marie Trottier, Disability Coordinator, Harvard University;

* Benaree Wiley, President and CEO, The Partnership, Inc.;

* Carol Sanchez, President, Boston Chapter of the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting;

* Jane Edmonds, Director, Department of Labor and Workforce Development;

* Reverend Richard Richardson, President and CEO, Children’s Services of Roxbury;

* Leonard Alkins, President, Boston Chapter, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People;

* Donald Wong, President, Kowloon Restaurant;

* Jonathan Spampinato, Director of Communications and Development, Visiting Nurses Association of America; and

* Oswald Mondejar, Human Resources Manager and Disability Coordinator, Partners Healthcare at Massachusetts General Hospital.


“We want to move beyond simply valuing diversity to understanding that diversity is valuable to the state, our citizens, our communities and our businesses,” said Bramson.


The first meeting of the council will take place on Monday, September 29.





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