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Zenita Wickham Hurley

Daily Record Staff//May 14, 2021

Zenita Wickham Hurley

By Daily Record Staff

//May 14, 2021

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Chief Counsel for Civil Rights
Maryland Office of the Attorney General

The past year has not only been challenging with COVID but we have also faced race and dis- crimination challenges and realities as a state and a country. How do you establish a strategy for diversity, equity and inclusion in your organization and how do you use your influential voice to help others understand the importance?

In 2016, I founded the OAG Diversity Committee to promote diversity, equity and inclusion. Last year, in the wake of the death of George Floyd and several other high-profile and brutal killings of African Americans, our committee created an affinity group program for employees wishing to organize around a shared identity or experience.

One such group, for Black employees, has served as a safe space to discuss the daily challenges of facing and surviving systemic racism –even in progressive work spaces — and to create supports systems and strategies for acknowledging and addressing this trauma.

This is a winner profile from The Daily Record's Top 100 Women awards. Information for this profile was sourced from the honoree's application for the award.

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