Deputy Commissioner of Diversity and Development
The Indiana Department of Correction has named Angela Sutton as the Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Diversity and Development. Deputy Commissioner Sutton will work with IDOC leadership, staff, and offenders to maintain and improve standards of equity and inclusion to build on the existing successes of a workforce that champions diversity, values cultural differences, and recognizes that each staff member plays an important part in creating and maintaining a safe work environment. As an agent of change, the Indiana Department of Correction is committed to championing equity and diversity and has woven these principles into the fabric of all that we do. Deputy Commission Sutton and the Division of Diversity and Development have begun to plan the following strategic goals outlined below to increase the presence of diversity, inclusion, and belonging throughout the agency.
- Strategic Goals
- The Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC) will:
- Increase the presence of visual diversity amongst the Wardens, Deputy Wardens, and Custody Supervisor staff by 5% by 12/1/2021.
- Ensure that all IDOC facility supervisors attend and complete in-class/virtual (interactive) Implicit Bias and Culture Diversity training by 6/1/2021.
- Ensure that all IDOC staff attend in-class/virtual Implicit Bias and Culture Diversity training by 12/21/2021.
- Actively recruit applicants from diverse backgrounds (minorities, LGBTQI, veterans, women, persons with disabilities, etc.) by attending job fairs that caters to underrepresented populations.
- Establish a partnership with Martin University to establish a foundation for recruitment training and career development initiatives.
- Purposefully identify and acknowledge diverse cultural events and recognition throughout each calendar year.
- Identify specific data points to focus on regarding disparities with:
- Offender disciplinary reports
- Mental Health Services
- Jobs (within the facility and post-release)
- Fervently work towards improving the overall vision of IDOC regarding diversity, inclusion, and belonging.
- The Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC) will:
- Whats Next?
- The IDOC has partnered with Indiana State University to participate in an Implicit Bias Study.
- The IDOC will be partnering with Martin University and their Center for Racial Equity and Inclusion to work on initiatives that will aid in strengthening the awareness and practices of diversity, equity, and inclusion within our agency.
- The IDOC also plans on working collaboratively with Martin University to provide internships to students interested in a career or who wish to learn more about the Criminal Justice field.
- The Division of Diversity and Development will be working closely with the Hoosier Initiative for Re-Entry (HIRE) Female Empowerment Panel and their female-specific training modules that will be utilized with women participating in the pre-release programs within IDOC facilities.
- What You can Do
- Treat everyone with respect. Simply saying hello to someone will make a big difference and establish a respectful foundation of civility and collegiality.
- Speak up, say something when you witness harassment or discrimination of any kind towards any group whether you are a part of that group or not (this would include off-colored jokes/remarks).
- Reach out to your co-workers who are by themselves or are feeling alienated.
- Recognize your own biases and be the solution to those biases.
- Be an active participant in your facility’s cultural assessment surveys. The information obtained from these surveys will aid the Division of Diversity and Development in developing strategies that will champion equity and diversity within our agency.
- Learn how to file a report inside or outside of your facility/office.
- If you have any questions, reach out to the Division of Diversity and Development and/or your Recruitment and Retention Coordinator.
For staff interested in being a part of IDOC-Out contact Eric Vanatti @ firstname.lastname@example.org
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IDOC-Out Vision Statement:
“IDOC-Out brings together employees who are allies of equality in sexual orientation and gender identity. We promote an open and inclusive culture and safe space that empowers employees to bring their whole, authentic selves to work every day.”
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- Other Important Calendar Dates for the Month of October:
Other Important Dates:
November 4: Diwali is a festival of lights and one of the major festivals celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists, notably Newer Buddhists. The festival usually lasts five days and is celebrated during the Hindu lunisolar month Kartika. Diwali is derived from Sanskrit word Deepavali meaning 'Line of Lamps'. It is one of the most important festivals in India, marking a new year, and often compared to Christmas in the West.
The celebrations of Diwali 2021 last for 5 days.
- Diwali Day 1: November 2 Dwadashi - Dhanteras
- Diwali Day 2: November 3 Trayodashi - Choti Diwali
- Diwali Day 3: November 4 Amavasya - Diwali
- Diwali Day 4: November 5 Pratipada - Padwa
- Diwali Day 5: November 6 Dwitiya - Bhai Duj
November 8 - January 6: In Christianity, the Nativity Fast is a period of abstinence and penance practiced by the Eastern Orthodox Church and Catholic Church in preparation for the Nativity of Jesus on December 25. During the Nativity Fast, Orthodox Christians prepare for the celebration of the Nativity of Christ. The word “nativity” means “birth.” In western countries, this day became known as Christmas (Christ’s Mass) because it is a day when religious services (which some churches call a “Mass” and we call the “Liturgy”) are held to celebrate the birth of Christ, the Son of God, our Savior.
- In many Christian churches, several weeks prior to Christmas are known as Advent, from a Latin word that means “coming.” In the Orthodox Church, this season of preparation for the Nativity of Christ always begins on November 15, the day after the Feast of the Apostle Philip. For this reason, it is known as St. Philip’s Fast.
- This special period lasts 40 days, the same as Lent, and it is therefore sometimes called the Winter Lent. Like the period of Great Lent, the Nativity Fast was established by the Church as a time for repentance. If we look around in the church during this time, we do not yet see the Christmas colors of red, green, white, silver, and gold. During the Nativity Fast, we see vestments and cloths that are purple, a color that is a symbol of repentance.
November 8 - December 24: Advent, a Christian season of celebration leading up to the birth of Christ. Advent begins on the Sunday nearest to November 30 (St. Andrew’s Day) and is the beginning of the liturgical year. In many Eastern churches, the Nativity Fast is a similar period of penance and preparation that occurs during the 40 days before Christmas.
November 8 World Radiography Day: Dedicated to celebrating the work done by all radiographers around the world. Radiographers across the globe use the day to promote radiography as a career.
November 21 World Television Day- And no, the UN hasn’t quite done this to encourage us all to watch our favorite programs and comedies – but for a much more serious reason. It can show us similarities between ourselves and other people halfway around the globe – and be a great uniting force for good. We can hear inspiring stories from someone in a way that a person living one hundred years ago never could!
- Here are four ways you could celebrate Diversity Month:
- Host a multicultural movie night. Invite friends, family or colleagues over to watch some multicultural and foreign films. You can even ask guests to bring a snack to represent a different country or culture to munch on.
- Attend a cultural art exhibit. Many cities are home to international or cultural art exhibits. Visit a nearby museum for a weekend outing and learn more about other cultures through the lens of fine and contemporary art.
- Play music from around the world. Throughout the month, play music from around the world in your office, classroom, car, or home. Celebrate the diversity of your employees, coworkers or students by asking them to bring in examples of music from their own culture or heritage.
- Support minority-owned businesses. Visit a minority-owned business or utilize services from a minority vendor to show your support for their establishment.
- 2021 Diversity Calendar
For more information contact:
Kathy Griffin Executive Director of Veteran's Affairs