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Diversity, Affirmative Employment, and Inclusion Program

Picture of a diverse group of people smiling The Department of Defense is firmly committed to fostering an environment and developing and sustaining a culture where diversity is valued and leveraged. We want all employees to be treated with dignity and respect, and have equal access to opportunity. Moreover, our leaders are called to embrace a workforce that is reflective of our nation as a whole. The pursuit of diversity in the workforce can best be advanced by a combination of knowledge and actions. It starts with commitment from top management coupled with a diligent desire from the total workforce.

EEOD has developed an aggressive training program with an emphasis on empowering all personnel to create and implement actions that will contribute to an inclusive work environment. Practicing inclusive management creates a high performing work environment where all employees become optimal contributors to the objectives that directly support the Department's mission. EEOD's diversity program incorporates strategic workforce analysis, evaluation of policies, practices and procedures that may benefit or hinder diversity and inclusion efforts, and the creation of action plans consistent with the development of a model EEO, diversity and inclusion environment.

There are seven simple steps to achieving a representative workforce.

Diversity and Inclusion

On August 18, 2011, President Obama signed Executive Order 13583 “Establishing a Coordinated Government-wide Initiative to Promote Diversity and Inclusion in the Federal Workforce.” It stated, in part, “To realize more fully the goal of using the talents of all segments of society, the Federal Government must continue to challenge itself to enhance its ability to recruit, hire, promote, and retain a more diverse workforce. Further, the Federal Government must create a culture that encourages collaboration, flexibility, and fairness to enable individuals to participate to their full potential.”

The Federal government’s Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan has three specific goals:
1. Workforce Diversity. Recruit from a diverse, qualified group of potential applicants to secure a high-performing workforce drawn from all segments of American society.
2. Workplace Inclusion. Cultivate a culture that encourages collaboration, flexibility, and fairness to enable individuals to contribute to their full potential and further retention.
3. Sustainability. Develop structures and strategies to equip leaders with the ability to manage diversity, be accountable, measure results, refine approaches on the basis of such data, and institutionalize a culture of inclusion.

The office of  EEOD provides training on Diversity to managers so that they are aware of their responsibilities.