Businesses interested in learning about and applying the latest diversity and inclusion initiatives from across the country can review the agenda of and plan to attend the New York State Society for Human Resource Management’s 2013 NYSSHRM Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Conference scheduled for Sunday and Monday, October 6 and 7, at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, N.Y.
Governor Cuomo has appointed Mecca E. Santana as New York state’s chief diversity officer.
Governor Cuomo said, “Ms. Santana will bring more than a decade of public sector experience to the position, and she has a proven track record in working on equal opportunity, civil rights and diversity issues in government. Ms. Santana will be a great asset in our efforts to ensure state government is inclusive and fairly represents the great diversity of New York State, including through building opportunities for MWBE participation and economic growth.”
Santana previously served as the executive director of the Office of Equal Opportunity & Diversity Management at the New York City Department of Education (DOE). In her position, she established the DOE’s Diversity and Inclusion program and created the DOE’s first Minority and Women Owned Business Diversity Council.
Prior to joining the DOE in 2008, Santana was senior assistant counsel for the New York State Commission of Investigation.
The Chief Diversity Officer is tasked with reforming and strengthening the State’s programs and efforts to encourage the growth of minority- and women-owned business enterprises (MWBEs).