Judiciary Workplace

Diversity Office

John E. Fogarty Judicial Annex
24 Weybosset Street
Office 301, 3rd floor
Providence, RI 02903

Dorca M. Paulino, Director
Telephone: (401) 222-8351
Email: dpaulino@courts.ri.gov

Summary of Activities

The Diversity Office is responsible for ensuring compliance with federal and state laws and regulations regarding Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action. Additional activities include offering cultural-awareness training to Judiciary staff, conducting community outreach, managing the Judiciary Employment Education Program and the Student Shadow Program, gathering statistical data, completing the Judiciary’s Annual Affirmative Action Plan and other workforce reports, and working with the Chief Judges and Administrators of each court to support recruitment efforts and to serve Judiciary employees.

Outreach Activities

The Judiciary Employment Education Program was designed to expose high school juniors and seniors from underrepresented groups to career opportunities across the Judiciary and to obtain the skills and qualifications necessary to pursue employment in the legal field. The program involves staff panels, presentations, and networking opportunities. The Diversity Office works with high school administrators and educators to identify participants.

Additional outreach activities involve partnering with middle schools, high schools, colleges, universities, and service organizations by participating in job fairs, facilitating career readiness workshops, and offering shadow/internship opportunities to professionals interested in pursuing a career in the legal field.

Education and Training

The cultural-awareness training offered by the Diversity Office explores the topics of diversity, cultural differences, and customer service. The training is offered semi-annually, and is facilitated by the Judiciary’s Diversity Director.