Diversity, Inclusion, and Cultural Competence Training

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HB 4454 amends the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act to require each officer, member, and employee (including SURS trustees and staff) to annually complete a diversity, inclusion, and cultural competence training program, beginning January 1, 2021. The training must include, at a minimum, the following: (1) the definition and a description of diversity and inclusion beyond race and gender, including, but not limited to, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, generation, education, military status, marital status, physical, and mental abilities; (2) how values and assumptions about others impact decision-making, legislation, and social services; (3) how personal trigger words and the trigger words of others impact individuals; (4) what is unconscious bias and the most common types of unconscious biases; (5) how to best engage in personal awareness and awareness of other cultures; and (6) an overview of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Proof of completion must be submitted to the applicable ethics officer, and the training program must be overseen by the appropriate Ethics Commission and Inspector General.

HB 4454 takes effect in accordance with the Effective Date of Laws Act.

Representative Lamont J. Robinson, Jr.