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Office of Diversity and Inclusion

News

Press Releases

Date Title Link Type
Nov
07
2022

(TRENTON) – State Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio announced today that Candice M. Alfonso has been appointed as Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) and Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) and will begin serving in these roles on Monday, November 14.

Oct
21
2021

"A commitment to diversity and inclusion is a critical step toward a fairer New Jersey," said Governor Phil Murphy.

May
05
2021

"A commitment to diversity and inclusion is a critical step toward a fairer New Jersey," said Governor Phil Murphy.

Jan
08
2021

"A commitment to diversity and inclusion is a critical step toward a fairer New Jersey," said Governor Phil Murphy.

Dec
23
2020

The Department of the Treasury announced several key initiatives on Wednesday that will advance the Murphy Administration’s commitment to ensuring Minority-, Women-, and Veteran-Owned Businesses (MWVOB) can more fully participate in New Jersey’s multi-billion dollar supply chain. Chief among these initiatives is the commissioning of the first disparity study in nearly 20 years to measure current spend data, which is viewed as key to identifying and opening up new opportunities for MWVOBs to contract with the State of New Jersey to provide goods and services.

Sept
18
2019

State Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio today announced the launch of a new web-based portal that streamlines how small, minority, women, and veteran-owned business enterprises (SMWVBEs) certify with the state, allowing them to more easily compete for state contracts with the Department of the Treasury.

July
25
2019

Governor Phil Murphy announced today that the State of New Jersey will host NJ Connects, the first-ever state summit designed to connect minority-, women-, veteran-, and LGBTQ-owned businesses with roughly one billion dollars in public and private sector contracting opportunities.

Aug
04
2019

The New Jersey Department of the Treasury and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) will host a second opportunity forum next week to help small, women, minority, and veteran-owned subcontracting companies (SMWVBEs) explore opportunities to work on the new state office building development projects underway in Trenton.

Apr
20
2018

"A commitment to diversity and inclusion is a critical step toward a fairer New Jersey," said Governor Phil Murphy.

Oct
02
2018

In an effort to attract small, minority- and women-owned businesses, the Department of the Treasury and the NJ Economic Development Authority (EDA) will host a networking event next week for entrepreneurs to showcase the opportunities that lie ahead as two new state office building projects get underway.

News from External Sources

Date Title Link Type
Sept
01
2021

Less than 10% of New Jersey’s spent public dollars goes to diverse businesses, according to New Jersey Office of Diversity and Inclusion Chief Diversity Officer Hester Agudosi. The number comes from a disparity study Agudosi’s office is currently working on and was shared while she moderated the virtual NJBIZ Diversity in the Workplace panel on Aug. 31.

May
06
2021

Women, minorities and veterans face unique challenges when it comes to opening businesses and accessing capital. But it just got a bit easier for them in New Jersey. In recognition of National Small Business Month, state Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio announced that the $100 filing fee to become certified as a Small-, Minority-, Woman- or Veteran-Owned Business Enterprise is being waived indefinitely.

Sept
30
2020

Rowan’s Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) met with the same department leaders from schools across New Jersey. The event was called “Dreams Will Not Be Deferred,” hosted by Hester Agudosi, the chief diversity officer (CDO) of the New Jersey Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Sept
30
2020

Diversity in the workplace leads to greater success. That was one of the messages delivered at the Somerset County Business Partnership's first Somerset County Diversity and Inclusion Summit held virtually on Sept. 24.

Dec
18
2019

Hester Agudosi, New Jersey’s chief diversity officer and a panel moderator at the symposium, shared statistics on the success in women-led businesses. Companies that have higher numbers of women in their workforce have gained higher financial profits and productivity when compared to companies that have fewer women employees, Agudosi noted, and four out of 10 U.S. businesses are women-owned.

Mar
21
2019

State officials and industry leaders — and plenty of both were present — made one thing clear Wednesday at the Diversity in Film and Television Production Forum in Newark: New Jersey has everything the industry needs to grow its presence in the state.

Apr
09
2019

Paterson has found a niche, in particular, with companies looking to film movies that represent other time periods.

Apr
02
2019

Film and television productions officially have returned to New Jersey, thanks to the reinstatement and significant bolstering of the Film Tax Credit Program, signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy last summer.

Mar
21
2019

State officials and industry leaders - and plenty of both were present - made one thing clear Wednesday at the Diversity in Film and Television Production Forum in Newark: New Jersey has everything the industry needs to grow its presence in the state.

Mar
18
2019

Thomas Edison is credited with inventing motion pictures at his studios in West Orange, NJ, in the late 1880s. So New Jersey could've become what Hollywood turned into.

Feb
02
2019

NJ Transit said it issued $1.4 million in raises to more than 200 workers last year to comply with New Jersey's new pay-equity law.

Sept
04
2021

Gov. Phil Murphy hired Hester Agudosi in April as the state’s chief diversity officer to oversee greater inclusion efforts, both within the government’s hiring practices, as well as for third-party and contractor positions.

Apr
23
2018

New Jersey is joining a trend with its first chief diversity officer, appointed by Gov. Phil Murphy last week.


Last Updated: Wednesday, 01/04/23