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.
March 2021 is Women's History Month
*Women’s History Month is March, a dedicated month annually that is meant to celebrate the contributions that women have given to society throughout the years. The origins of the declared month began as Women’s History Week on March 7, 1982. During the next five years, Congress passed joint solutions to continue celebrating the week each March. For each year after that, up until 1994, Congress continued to pass resolutions requesting that each president proclaim March Women’s History Month. Ever since 1995, U.S. Presidents have issued proclamations annually to celebrate Women’s History Month.
Each Women’s History Month has a theme as decided by the National Women’s History Alliance. In 2021, the theme is “Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to Be Silenced.” Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Women’s Suffrage Movement that Won Voting Rights for American Women through the 19th Amendment
Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to be Silenced
Here are a few simple ways to celebrate Women’s History Month on your own:
- Buy from and support women-owned businesses
- Support (and play/watch!) women-led and -made films and songs
- Share what you’ve learned about women’s history online (if posting online about Women’s History Month or International Women’s Day, use #ChooseToChallenge or #IWD2021)
- Read and buy books from female writers