Florida Senate - 2021 SB 180 By Senator Berman 31-00318A-21 2021180__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the Office of Diversity, Equity, 3 and Inclusion; creating s. 14.2031, F.S.; establishing 4 the office within the Executive Office of the 5 Governor; providing for the appointment of a Chief 6 Diversity Officer; prescribing minimum qualifications 7 for a Chief Diversity Officer; assigning duties and 8 responsibilities of the Chief Diversity Officer; 9 providing an effective date. 10 11 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 12 13 Section 1. Section 14.2031, Florida Statutes, is created to 14 read: 15 14.2031 Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.— 16 (1) The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is 17 established within the Executive Office of the Governor. The 18 office shall be headed by a Chief Diversity Officer, who shall 19 be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Governor. At 20 the time of appointment, the Chief Diversity Officer must have 21 at least a master’s degree with a concentration in human 22 resource management, social justice, postsecondary education, 23 sociology, social anthropology, public administration, or any 24 other related field and 3 years of professional experience 25 involving the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion in 26 the private or public sectors. Staff assigned to the Office of 27 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion shall assist the Chief 28 Diversity Officer in carrying out the duties and 29 responsibilities prescribed in this section. 30 (2) The Chief Diversity Officer shall: 31 (a) Advise the Governor on matters relating to existing 32 inequities among racial and ethnic minority groups and women in 33 the state’s workforce and access to health care and educational 34 opportunities, and assist in the formulation of policies and 35 recommend any legislation to further advance diversity and 36 ensure equitable access to opportunity and prosperity. 37 (b) Collaborate with state agencies to ensure diversity, 38 equity, and inclusion within the areas of employee engagement, 39 hiring and retention practices, and the implementation of a 40 diversity strategic plan. 41 (c) Engage with diverse stakeholders around the state to 42 seek input in the development of policies to facilitate greater 43 diversity, equity, and inclusivity. 44 (d) Coordinate with the Attorney General to review the Laws 45 of Florida and the Florida Statutes to identify existing laws 46 that were intended to promote or enable racial discrimination or 47 inequity, or that include racist language, and make 48 recommendations for repeal of any such laws to the Legislature. 49 (e) Contract with a third-party organization to conduct 50 implicit bias training for employees of state agencies. 51 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2021.