Diversity, Opportunity, & Inclusion, Dir. of; renames Director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion. (SB735)

Introduced By

Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Renaming Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as Director of Diversity, Opportunity, and Inclusion. Renames the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to the Director of Diversity, Opportunity, and Inclusion. The Director shall i) develop a sustainable framework to promote inclusive practices across state government; (ii) implement a measurable, strategic plan to increase opportunities for all Virginians; (iii) facilitate methods to turn feedback and suggestions from state employees, external stakeholders, and community leaders into actionable opportunities; (iv) promote ideas, policies, and practices in coordination with the Secretary of Commerce and Trade to expand entrepreneurship and economic opportunities for disadvantaged Virginians, including Virginians living with disabilities; (v) facilitate bringing Virginians of different faiths together in service to their communities and the Commonwealth; (vi) promote free speech and civil discourse in civic life, including viewpoint diversity in higher education in coordination with the Secretary of Education; (vii) promote ideas, policies, and practices to eliminate disparities in prenatal care and to be an ambassador for unborn children; (viii) coordinate with the Secretary of Education to ensure the history of the United States is taught in Virginia honestly, objectively, and completely and to respond to the rights of parents in educational and curricular decision making; and (ix) perform any other responsibilities as assigned by the Governor. The bill makes similar renaming changes for the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/21/2022Presented and ordered printed 22103625D
01/21/2022Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/26/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB735)
01/26/2022Passed by indefinitely in General Laws and Technology (8-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)


Ian Springer-Woods writes:

Since most people don't know what "equity" means, they will have no idea how insidious this bill is, that is until they, or their relative, or their child can't get help with their disability or in improving their economic status because someone changed a few words on a bill they didn't even know existed.
Why do so many politicians pretend that everyone magically starts out life with equal advantages? The reality is that the objective world is not fair, and the only way we ever get fairness is if we, as humans, create it. Equity is the key to giving people who don't start life with the same advantages as others the fairness that they need to take advantage of society's opportunities. To take away equity is to skew the playing field toward those who, through no merit of their own, were born into the best situations, while leaving everyone else behind. Without equity, getting out of being stuck in a permanent underclass is almost impossible.