Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity

Lorraine Woodson, Acting Director. The mission of the DDS Office of Diversity, Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights is to facilitate and support a workplace environment that is free from unlawful discrimination and which enhances and celebrates the diversity of its workforce and programs.


The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) self-identification campaign for Veterans. The Self-identification campaign will provide an opportunity for DDS employees who are veterans to self-identify through a simple process.

If you are interested in Self-identifying as a Veteran or have any questions regarding the process please contact Office of Diversity/Veterans Coordinator,  phone: 617-624-7530 or via email:

Religious Expression

Religion in the Worlplace  pdf format of Religion in the Worlplace
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Freedom of Religious Expression  pdf format of Freedom of Religious Expression
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MA State Holidays  pdf format of MA State Holidays
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Events and Happenings


  •  Annual Diversity Council Meeting - June 22, 2012

Central West Region

Metro Region

Northeast Region

Southeast Region

Diversity Training

The diversity training educates employees about diversity as a business and social issue. It examines the philosophical underpinnings of the diversity perspective by placing the conversation in the context of the Department's commitment and ownership of diversity as a business issue. The specific areas examined are:

  • Primary dimensions of diversity
  • Secondary dimension of diversity
  • Institutional dimension of Diversity
  • Language and Cross cultural Communication
  • Cultural competence as a developmental process
  • ADA Awareness 

Dates are available via PACE at:

Resource List 

The Disability Community

Contact the Central Office of Diversity:

Department of Developmental Services
Office of Diversity, Equal Opportunity, and Civil Rights
500 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02118
Phone: 617-624-7530
TTY# 617-624-7590
Fax# 617-624-7577F

Office Hours: Monday through Friday between 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (except federal and state holidays).


This information is provided by the Department of Developmental Services.