Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the OIC
The insurance market in our state includes many different products designed to meet a wide range of Washingtonian needs. If insurance is too expensive, unfair, or discriminatory, it affects nearly everyone living in the state. To ensure that all Washington insurance consumers get the coverage they need at a fair price, we are committed to hiring a diverse group of regulators that reflects the population they serve.
We serve and employ everyone, fostering an inclusive environment that supports:
- Gender identity or expression
- Marital status
- national origin
- Veteran status: disabled, Vietnam-era, recently separated, or other protected veteran status
- Disability: physical, speech, visual, auditory, cognitive or neurological
At the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OCI), we strive to create an environment of mutual respect, inclusion, and equal opportunity.
Promoting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion within the OIC
A state agency that actively promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) among its workforce is both more representative of the population it serves and better equipped to meet their needs. At the Office of the Insurance Commissioner, we have embraced them as principles for strengthening our organization. Here are some of the past successes of the OIC DEI and some of the ways we are building greater diversity, equity and inclusion every day.
Our employees have built an internal DEI council
At OIC, we have recognized that hiring a diverse workforce and serving a diverse population is simply not enough. There’s more to it, so we created an internal DEI council to determine better ways to direct our agency’s efforts. Our DEI Council meets regularly to discuss how to turn differences into strengths, ensure the policies we promote are fair, and learn better ways to honor all the different walks of life of our employees. and those we serve.
Our staff is well represented in state business resource groups
Many important DEI conversations take place in state government business resource groups. Corporate Resource Groups (ofm.wa.gov) are state employees who come together to network, share ideas, and discuss common interests. Our staff enthusiastically lend their voices, insights and experiences to groups such as:
- ANHPI (Asian, Hawaiian and Pacific Islander)
- RAIN (Rainbow Alliance Inclusion Network for LGBTQ+)
- VERG (Veterans Employee Resource Group)
- DIN (Disability Inclusion Network)
- BUILD (Blacks United in Leadership and Diversity)
- ICSEW (Interagency Committee of Government Women Employees)
- LLN (Latin Leadership Network)
- WIN (Washington Immigrant Network)
OCI is an award-winning DEI leader among state agencies
A diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforce is fostered by the environment created by agency leadership. In 2020, Commissioner Kreidler accepted one of three “Outstanding Agency” awards from the Rainbow Alliance Inclusion Network (RAIN) business resource group. OCI was recognized for “creating a safe, diverse, and inclusive workplace for LGBTQ+ employees, allies, and customers in Washington State.”
We are always learning more about DEI
Whether it’s training our staff to better serve people with disabilities, updating our legal orders to be gender-neutral, or considering how some communities may be disproportionately affected by insurance laws, we are strengthening the diversity, equity and inclusion of our agency every day. However, despite the progress we have made, we also know the importance of listening and always trying to learn more.
OIC’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is ongoing, and it is how we continually help shape the Washington insurance market to be more accessible and equitable for all.