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Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Commitment to Ensuring Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


The OEIG is committed to ensuring diversity, equity, and inclusion in all areas of its employment process, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, and promotion.

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OEIG Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Working Group

The OEIG has an internal Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Working Group.  Our Working Group is comprised of OEIG employee volunteers from each division who work together to brainstorm, research, and implement steps to make the OEIG an inclusive and equitable working environment that celebrates diversity.  All employees are welcome to join the Working Group and/or submit ideas and suggestions.  The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Working Group specifically focuses on three areas: mentorship and development, recruitment and hiring, and training.  Each focus area meets once a month.


Examples of Working Group initiatives include:

  1. Expanding recruitment efforts to attract a large and diverse applicant pool for OEIG positions.
  2. Establishing an internal mentorship program to provide continuing support and development opportunities for our staff.
  3. Identifying and implementing relevant diversity training opportunities including an office-wide introduction to diversity, equity, and inclusion training.  This training is a virtual, interactive training presented by the Illinois Department of Human Rights and is approximately three hours long.
  4. Creating opportunities to discuss matters related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and raise issues to senior managers.
  5. Appointed a DEI Coordinator for the OEIG.

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OEIG Connect 

The Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Working Group also established a group that meets throughout the year to discuss issues related to marginalized groups and identities, such as race, gender, and ability.  Before an OEIG Connect meeting, we circulate questions and topics, read articles, books, and/or listen to podcasts and then discuss them together as a group.  At OEIG Connect we share our experiences and ideas to create a safe place to connect and learn from one another.  


OEIG Mentorship Program

The OEIG Mentorship Program is a voluntary program open to all employees.  The program is designed to provide support, guidance, and development, leadership, and community for both mentees and mentors through a program of one-on-one mentorship and group mentorship activities.  The goals of Mentorship Program include:

  • Support newer employees in understanding the organization's mission, structure, processes, and values.
  • Share the skills and knowledge among employees.
  • Provide support in locating and accessing organizational resources.
  • Foster open communication and dialogue.
  • Bring employees together to establish a network of professionals.

The OEIG's Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Data

Below please find a breakdown of the demographic information reported on the OEIG's FY2021 Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action Policy and Plan.  More detailed information about our workforce reporting is located in the full report available here.


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*This limited information is compiled for purposes of complying with state, federal, and equal employment opportunity laws. The OEIG acknowledges that these categories are not inclusive of all identities, including, but not limited to, where employees identify with one or more races.



Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The OEIG is a nonpartisan, independent State agency. Political affiliation and views will not be considered in hiring, assignment of work, evaluations, or discipline (including termination).

The OEIG seeks a diverse workforce and posts vacancies in alternative locations including publications and websites to encourage diversity in the applicant pool.

The OEIG is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity/affirmative action in all areas of its employment process, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, promotion, discipline, discharge, and the awarding of benefits for all qualified applicants. Therefore, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran's status (as defined in the Illinois Human Rights Act), citizenship status (consistent with Title 8, U.S. Code, Section 1324A), arrest record, or any other non-merit factor, except bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ), will be excluded from any employment decision or service provided by the OEIG.

In addition, it is the policy of the OEIG that its employees and applicants for employment will be free from any harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, or age.

The OEIG is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides reasonable accommodation to applicants and employees with disabilities.