Ebony D. Caldwell, Diversity & Inclusion Officer
I found my passion when I became a college administrator but it wasn’t the work that fueled me. I was ignited by the people and purpose behind the work. I get up every day with the purpose of giving a voice to people, groups, and ideas that are missing from the decision tables. My role at the OAG is to put an intentional focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion advancing it from a “nice to have” to an agency priority in areas including but limited to recruitment, hiring, and retention, education and awareness, and strategic and systematic change.
Diversity is acknowledging and understanding the variety of cultures, races, genders, and beliefs we have crossing our paths each day, in our lives, or within the OAG. It provides us with the abilities to better understand our neighbors, peers, friends, and families. And allows us to understand our adversaries and the everyday challenges they pose, it creates better relations within law enforcement, allowing us to better serve the community.
Working for an agency with such an eclectic group of agents and employees, I feel that understanding each other‘s values and personal histories is very important to positively advancing the agenda of the office of Attorney General. By learning to positively work with one another I feel we will be able to accomplish such great things. I feel that accepting people for who they are is such an important characteristic because it will expand your understanding of the world.
The first step toward diversity is understanding that each individual is unique and experiences vary from culture to culture. To find value in diversity you must have mutual respect for the person and recognize differences as assets. The benefit to our agency would be an appreciation of others and realize our own self-worth.
Diversity means appreciating and valuing other people’s contributions and perspectives based on their backgrounds, cultures and life experiences. Understanding diversity and promoting inclusion is crucial to achieve the most well rounded OAG to serve every population in our state fairly and respectfully, and with a broader acknowledgment of how a diverse workforce can contribute to creativity, innovative solutions and more successful outcomes.
Diversity means recruiting, recognizing, and understanding individuals for their unique differences. It is important to have diversity at OAG because it promotes mutual respect for each other, fosters a creative atmosphere of ideas, and allows us to better serve the special needs of ALL communities across the commonwealth.
Diversity is recognizing and appreciating differences among people; whether that be race, cultural, gender, sexual orientation, social class or age. As a Black woman, I have often experienced a lack of diversity in both educational and professional settings. These deficiencies has made me strive to encourage and support diversity of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. To achieve this, it is especially important that all members of the OAG feel comfortable and welcome and that their voices are heard. I hope to accomplish this as a member of the Diversity Leadership Council.
I am diversity, being the first African American female officer sworn into office in the City of McKeesport on August 8, 1988. The first female officer was sworn in 17 years before me. I am also the first African American female Regional Director to be hired with the OAG/BNIDC. I have opened the doors and paved the way for others who look like me.
Diversity means each individual is unique in their own way. It recognizes that we are all different in varying dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, abilities, ideologies, etc. I firmly believe that each attribute that makes us different, can be a valuable asset.
As the former Deputy Police Chief in Daytona Beach and here at the OAG, I initiate efforts of targeted recruiting for all underrepresented populations. Due to the OAG’s size and scope of work, it is critical that the organization be representative of the entire state.
Diversity and inclusion must be set in the foundation of any organization that wishes to maximize their employees’ potential and that of the organization. Exposure to a diversity of thoughts, cultures and practices, and fostering its growth is key to professional advancement. When you include a diversity of minds, you have stronger and greater success because the environment becomes open.
Anthony W. Luker
Diversity symbolizes our differences. Those differences encompass: culture, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and various lifestyles and interests. The willingness to embrace those differences is fundamental to the success of any social institution. Government agencies must focus on reflecting the communities we serve, and do so at all levels of the organization. Accepting others in celebration of who they are and creating environments where everyone can flourish with the same levels of support, respect, and participation is paramount.
Diversity is important to the Office of Attorney General because the office needs to look and feel more like the communities we serve. For people to have faith in the mission of our office, they have to believe that the office empathizes with persons from all walks of life. They will only achieve that belief if the office’s employees are representative of all of the different kinds of people that make up Pennsylvania. I am committed to creating an environment that promotes activities and programs that helps us recognize the barriers faced by minorities and to promote values that discourage intolerance and discrimination
As the first attorney in my family, I learned how critical mentorship is to a student’s professional development. While at OAG, I have had the opportunity to advise high school students and law school interns from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds, empowering them to realize their potential as the next generation of legal professionals.
By providing equal access and opportunity for everyone to be part of the OAG, we can continue to expand diversity in our organization. By having different contributions and inputs within the agency, and valuing these inputs, we can better serve the diverse population of the Commonwealth. To expand Diversity and Inclusion I feel we need to start with the applicants, which means recruiting and educating about the agency every chance we get, especially when a representative of a community gives us an audience and a microphone in their community.
Diversity encompasses not just acceptance but also mutual respect. To have a positive and accepting environment in a community or group, there must be understanding that each individual is unique. In order to have a truly diverse community, we must endeavor to move past our basic understanding and tolerance of each other’s differences, to acceptance and respect. We must be willing to explore each other’s input and perspective, while fostering a climate of equity and mutual respect.
- Diversity: presence of individual and group/social differences
- Inclusion: active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity
- Equity: creating opportunities for and giving equal access to protected classes under EEO Law
- Equity-minded: a demonstrated awareness of and willingness to address equity issues
- Equity vs. equality: consideration for individual/group needs vs. treating everyone one the same
- Diversity: increase overall representation of women and minorities with a specific focus on levels and job categories traditionally underrepresented.
- Inclusion: create intentional opportunities for active and ongoing engagement with diversity to increase awareness, empathetic understanding, and social/cultural intellect.
- Communication: develop a process to share Diversity and Inclusion initiative, actions, and results for transparency and to build trust.
- External Relations: establish relationships and engage with external groups that align with the Office of Attorney General Mission to maximize and sustain diversity and inclusion efforts.
- Accountability: build in measures to hold all levels of the Office of Attorney General accountable for Diversity & Inclusion goals and objectives.
The Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General (OAG) is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to strengthening diversity within our agency.
The OAG believes that representation is a critical indicator of diversity and inclusion and understands its importance to our organization’s success. With intentionality, we are creating an environment that inclusively reflects all the constituents of the Commonwealth. We respect and seek to build an organization that represents diversity of culture, background, life experience, and skill. The OAG is an equity-minded agency in search of diverse talent to recruit, to retain, and to empower allowing us to give our best in service to the Commonwealth.
Transgender Inclusion Trainings in partnership with:
- NAACP Pennsylvania State Conference & multiple NAACP state units
- Philadelphia Inter-Agency Civil Rights Task Force
- Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations
- Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission
- School District of Philadelphia – Career Week
Ebony D. Caldwell, Ed.D.
Office of Attorney General Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Message from the Diversity & Inclusion Officer:
It is an honor to be the 1st Diversity and Inclusion Officer in the history of the PA Office of Attorney General (OAG). I am passionate about all diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work and driven by my own professional and personal experience and my commitment to change. Change can be difficult and scary, especially DEI work; we get stuck in “how we’ve always done it.” My role at the OAG is to be a change agent, to directly and indirectly influence necessary change. The impact of these changes will include, but are not limited, recruitment, hiring, and retention, education and awareness, and strategic and systematic change.
General Shapiro stands firm in his commitment to DEI and holds high expectations for the agency. As we move toward notable strides to advance our mission and increase our commitment to diversity, we will lead with our core values of integrity, transparency, and accountability. Diversity is central to our mission and it also serves as inspiration: to strive for continuous improvement. In doing so, the OAG leaders and employees across the Commonwealth will continue to build a foundation to support diversity and promote the practice of inclusion, which elevates us all!
“Inclusion elevates all.” ~Elaine Hall