California and SHRM Partner to Promote DEIA Workplace Inclusion

October 25, 2022

The California Department of Rehabilitation has announced a partnership with SHRM to promote disability inclusion.
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The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the SHRM Foundation, and the California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) announced a partnership today to adapt the SHRM Foundation's Employing Abilities at Work Certificate program and resource guide to serve California workplaces and Californians with disabilities.

Join Joe Xavier and host Shari Simpson as they discuss the recruitment, hiring, and retention of individuals with disabilities and how the partnership will connect employers with previously untapped talent pools.

Joe Xavier, Director of the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR), has over 38 years of experience in business and public administration as well as many years participating in advocacy and community organizations. As an immigrant, a blind consumer, and a beneficiary of DOR’s services, Joe has the experience and understands the challenges and opportunities available to individuals with disabilities, and the services required to maximize an individual’s full potential. Joe believes in the talent and potential of individuals with disabilities; investing in the future through creativity, ingenuity, and innovation; ensuring decisions and actions are informed by interested individuals and groups; pursuing excellence through continuous improvement; and preserving the public’s trust through compassionate and responsible provision of services.

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Shari Simpson

Senior Manager Thought Leadership

Joe Xavier

California Department of Rehabilitation