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Value of Complying with EEO Statutes


Value of Complying with EEO Statutes

Class Description

This course will detail specific departmental EEO compliance issues passed with Assembly Bill 124.  Learn about the benefits that a diverse workforce adds to a quality work environment that focusses on ensuring  employees are trained, equipped and committed to do their jobs of serving the public.  Find out how compliance helps departments save time, money and creates improved outcomes.


Dean Lan

Dean Lan recently retired as Deputy Director, California Department of Health Care Services.  He served on the Governor’s Committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities, where he co-chaired the Policy and Planning Committee and its Executive Committee.  Additionally, he represented the Director on the State Council on Developmental Disabilities.
Previously in his tenure with California state government, he was the civil rights officer providing equal employment opportunity/diversity program implementation for various state departments (Transportation, Consumer Affairs).  Mr. Lan earned a doctorate and master’s degree in Sociology from the University of California at Davis, and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Economics and Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley.  He has taught at the University of California (Berkeley and Davis).

Karen Moreno

Karen Moreno is the Assistant Deputy Director, Administration and Management Division for the Department of Housing and Community Development where she oversees Human Resources, Business and Contract Management, Accounting, and Budgets.  Previously, Ms. Moreno held the position of Director’s Advisor for the Department of Motor Vehicles and administered their statewide EEO program for over 9,000 employees, which included nearly 200 field offices throughout the state.  Prior to that Ms. Moreno was a Parole Agent Academy instructor for the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and taught numerous subjects including ADA and EEO compliance, Sexual Harassment Prevention, Disability Awareness, and Diversity.  

Jerry Gibbons

Jerry Gibbins is currently the Acting Chief of the Office of Civil Rights with the California Department of Human Resources. In addition, he is the Manager of the Disability Management Program, which includes the Limited Examination and Appointment Program (LEAP) and Statewide Reasonable Accommodation Policy. Jerry brings with him many relevant credentials and much experience in furthering the independence of persons with disabilities and the inclusion of all person-types in state civil service. 
Having obtained two Associate Degrees in the field of Sign Language, Jerry went on to earn his Bachelor’s Degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Administration and Master’s Degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling.  In his early days of state civil service, Jerry applied his knowledge while working as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for the Department of Rehabilitation.  Jerry dove deeper into the area of civil rights by transferring to the Department of Motor Vehicles to be an Equal Employment Opportunity Investigator and Reasonable Accommodation Coordinator.  After a time as departmental Safety Coordinator for two different state agencies and becoming the Statewide Safety Coordinator for the Department of General Services, he learned about risk management in the role of Return to Work Coordinator. From there, he became a Manager in the Office of Civil Rights with the State Personnel Board.  Jerry’s experience includes managing the Bilingual Services Program on an interim basis, and a stint as Assistant Division Chief with CalPERS Diversity program.

Michelle Villados

Michele Villados is currently the Equal Employment Opportunity Officer for the Water Resources Control Boards.  Prior to joining the state workforce, she spent time advocating for the rights of students with developmental disabilities.  Her time in state service has been spent working exclusively in the area of equal employment opportunity.  She is a passionate advocate for the use of mediation to resolve workplace disputes, and she has completed a professional concentration in Conflict Resolution from the UC Davis Extension Program.
Updated 5/22/2015
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