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The latest news and information from the Delaware Department of Human Resources:

State of Delaware Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summit Promotes Inclusive Excellence

Posted on: October 19, 2023

With more than 350 state employees representing 20 state agencies and all three branches of government, the State of Delaware renewed its commitment to sustaining a diverse, inclusive workforce during the 2023 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Summit. With the theme “Creating a Culture of Inclusive Excellence,” this year’s summit brought together a diverse group of state employees, agency division leaders, industry professionals, civil rights experts, and thought leaders to share insights, best practices, and success stories aimed at embracing diversity and creating an inclusive culture.

Delaware Department of Human Resources Releases Retirement Eligibility Report: Guides Strategic Workforce Planning

Posted on: July 24, 2023

To better inform the State’s strategic workforce planning, the Delaware Department of Human Resources’ talent management team has analyzed the number of state employees eligible to retire over the next five years to help state agencies more effectively manage their recruitment and retention efforts.

Governor Carney Announces the Delaware Women’s Hall of Fame Inductees for 2023

Posted on: July 17, 2023

Governor John Carney on Monday announced that five women were selected for induction into the Delaware Women’s Hall of Fame for 2023. The Office of Women’s Advancement and Advocacy and the Delaware Women’s Hall of Fame Committee received more than 50 applications, and the Committee chose five of the top nominees for their contributions to Delaware.

Department of Human Resources Implements Marijuana & Alcohol-Free Workplace Policy for Executive Branch Agencies - State of Delaware News

Posted on: May 11, 2023

With the implementation of the new Marijuana and Alcohol-Free Workplace Policy, the use of marijuana in all its forms is prohibited in all state-owned, operated and leased buildings, along with the previously prohibited use of alcohol and other controlled substances.

Governor Carney Celebrates Public Service Recognition Week, May 7-13

Posted on: May 8, 2023

Governor John Carney on Monday signed a proclamation announcing May 7-13, 2023 as Public Service Recognition Week. Beginning on the first Sunday of May, the week is devoted to recognizing and paying tribute to government employees who provide valuable services to Delawareans while keeping the public sector running smoothly. The Governor, together with members of his Cabinet and the state’s business community, will acknowledge the outstanding work of state employees and honor our exceptional public servants through a series of videos released each day.

Delaware Office of Women’s Advancement and Advocacy Releases Report on Delaware Women in Construction Trades

Posted on: February 16, 2023

The Office of Women’s Advancement & Advocacy, a Division of the Delaware Department of Human Resources, in partnership with the Delaware Departments of Labor and Education, released a new report titled- Delaware Women in the Construction Trades: A Path to Economic Security. The report examines the current state of women working in the construction trades and offers concrete solutions for how to increase the number of women participating in fields that have traditionally been male-dominated industries.

State Employees’ Charitable Campaign Now Accepting Applications for 2023

Posted on: February 1, 2023

The State Employees’ Charitable Campaign (SECC) Steering Committee invites Delaware nonprofit organizations to apply to participate in the 2023 State Employees’ Charitable Campaign (SECC). Applications will be accepted through March 31, 2023.

Celebrating Title IX in the State of Delaware

Posted on: February 1, 2023

The following piece is co-authored by Delaware’s Secretary of Education Mark A. Holodick and Office of Women’s Advancement and Advocacy Director Melanie Ross Levin.

As we mark National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) on February 1st, we commend all women athletes, celebrate their past and current sports achievements, and acknowledge the positive influence of sports participation. We also acknowledge the continuing struggle for equality.

Nominations Now Open for Delaware Women’s Hall of Fame and She’s on Her Way Award

Posted on: January 31, 2023

Governor John Carney and the Office of Women’s Advancement & Advocacy (OWAA) announced today that the nomination process is open for induction into the Delaware Women’s Hall of Fame and the She’s On Her Way Award for 2023. Nomination forms are available online at The deadline for nominations is midnight on April 8, 2023.

Governor Carney Announces Chief Diversity Officer at Department of Human Resources

Posted on: January 30, 2023

Governor John Carney announced the appointment of Richard M. Potter, Jr. to serve as the State of Delaware’s Chief Diversity Officer. He will oversee the Department of Human Resources’ (DHR) Division of Diversity and Inclusion and lead the state’s commitment to maintaining a state government workforce that is reflective of the state’s population.