As part of his mission to build a stronger, fairer, and more equitable New Jersey, Governor Philip D. Murphy established the Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (Office of Equity) which seeks “to advance equity for New Jerseyans who have been left behind for far too long.” Press Release, September 28, 2021
Equity is the extent to which all members of a group experience just and fair treatment, have equal access to opportunity, and are provided a path toward success. The Office of Equity aims to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in state government and across the Garden State by ensuring that equity considerations are embedded in state policy decisions.
Established by Executive Order 265, the office is charged with increasing the presence and participation of historically underrepresented groups in state government; developing equity frameworks to guide state policy decisions; directing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging efforts in the Governor’s Office; guiding and coordinating state agency initiatives to strengthen diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging among those employed by the state; and monitoring implementation of these measures.
The Office of Equity is the Governor’s Office liaison to the Wealth Disparity Task Force. Established by Executive Order 262, the Wealth Disparity Task Force will examine the causes of and remedies for the long-standing wealth disparities that affect Black and Hispanic or Latino New Jerseyans. Developing actionable solutions in the areas of health, housing, education, criminal justice, and the economy broadly, the Wealth Disparity Task Force aims to ensure that all New Jerseyans are leaving behind more than memories to the next generation.
For more information on the Wealth Disparity Task Force, please click here.
09/28/2021This new internal office, led by Jayné Johnson, aims to dismantle inequity within State government based on race, ethnicity, and other protected characteristics and to expand opportunities for communities of color and other underserved New Jerseyans.