Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion

The Office of Equal Opportunity celebrates the diversity across our state’s workforce and embraces the differences in each other that helps to make us better.

2022 Black History Month CelebrationVideo recording available Participants across the state virtually joined the 2022 Black History Month Celebration. Participants enjoyed entertainment by Lincoln University’s Vocal Ensemble and other special guests. Keynote speaker, Bob Kendrick, President with the Negro League Baseball Museum, provided information on the rich history of Black Americans in baseball.
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month CelebrationVideo recording available This event is a cross-departmental collaboration celebrating the rich heritage of Asian Pacific Americans. The event will feature a fireside chat with former U.S. Secretary of Labor and Transportation Elaine Chao, as well as remarks from Governor Mike Parson, Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations Director Anna Hui, and other state government employees. In addition to remarks from officials, the event will include a number of performances celebrating Asian and Pacific American cultures.
2021 Black History Month CelebrationVideo recording available

Over 1,500 participants from across the state joined in for the first all-virtual Black History Month event hosted by the Office of Administration, in partnership with other state agencies. Governor Mike Parson, Rep. Ashley Bland Manlove and keynote speaker Gary Hill, Chief of Police for Lincoln University helped us celebrate the day. The event also included special performances by state of Missouri team members and Jazz Saxophonist, Xavier Jordan.

2020 Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month Governor Mike Parson officially proclaims May as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month for the first time in Missouri history.
2020 Black History Month Celebration

The Office of Administration is joined by the Department of Revenue to host the 2020 Black History Month Celebration. Hundreds of state team members and friends traveled across the state to hear from Governor Mike Parson, Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe, State Senator Brian Williams, and keynote speak Deron Cherry, former Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame safety.

2020 Black History Month Proclamation Governor Mike Parson officially proclaims February 2020 as Black History Month.
2019 Black History Month The Office of Administration hosts the 2019 Black History Month event complete with food, entertainment and dance! A tap dance performance by Central Visual and Performing Arts, dance performance by Jefferson City High School, and musical selections by Lincoln University of PA and Jalen Edwards were all part of the show.
2018 Black History Month The Office of Administration celebrated Black History Month with a lunch and a movie. State colleagues were invited to bring their lunch and watch the 2017 film “Hidden Figures,” the untold story of the African-American female mathematicians that helped launch astronaut John Glenn into space.