On Tuesday a newly assigned diversity official at the Monroe County Community School Corporation said minority employees there are mostly pleased with their work environment.
Diane Hanks, the corporation’s diversity and talent specialist, said her office held forums last month for employees from underrepresented groups.
“Generally the employees were satisfied and feel comfortable in their respected environment,” Hanks said, “Their work environment is inclusive regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability and age.”
The forums were a response to the same controversy that led to the creation of Hanks’ new position.
Many community members were angry when the corporation promoted a white administrator to be principal at Tri-North Middle School. Hanks had also applied for the job, and some alleged that racial bias affected the decision, especially because Hanks had more experience as an administrator.
During that controversy, some MCCSC employees of color said a lack of diversity at the Corporation was a problem. And in her report this week, Hanks said there are indeed still issues that need addressed.
Hanks went on to say that the corporation should address concerns from employees who want more information about how to advance within the corporation.