Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility

Our Commitment to
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility

NOAA Research is enriched by diverse perspectives, celebrating each other’s unique experience and expertise.

The people of NOAA’s Technology Partnerships Office (TPO), and the intellectual capability they provide, are its greatest asset. As complexity grows and the pace of change and advancement in environmental science increases, the diversity and inclusion of our world-class workforce will continue to be important to the management of weather, water, and climate issues. 

NOAA Research has developed five strategies in response to NOAA’s changing operating landscape and the specific factors influencing the environmental science community. The 2020-2026 NOAA Research Strategy supports the delivery of NOAA Research’s goals and objectives, as well as the advancement of NOAA’s six science and technology focus areas.

Developing the Next Generation Workforce

NOAA Research will grow the leaders of tomorrow. With a focus on diversity and inclusion, NOAA Research will broaden its talent pool to reflect multidisciplinary skill sets. NOAA Research will develop leadership and management skill sets across the workforce to prepare for succession planning and the demands of the future.

Our DEIA Mission

We strive to bring awareness to employees, applicants for employment and management about
Equal Employment Opportunity/Diversity through the following:


Through consultation services to employees, managers, and applicants.


With recruitment and outreach activities for short and long-term recruitment.


Through federal EEO Mandated training, Special Emphasis programs, and Connections newsletter.


By monitoring employment statistics to prepare reports for NOAA, DOC, EEOC, and OPM.

A Message from Nicole Mason

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) are important concepts to the NOAA Research Leadership. DEIA are not only best practices; ensuring that all of our employees are included is the right thing to do. Diversifying our workforce is a top priority. We participate in various conferences and career fairs. Some of the conferences include: Advancing Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE), and Black Engineer of the Year Award Conference (BEYA) to name a few.

In addition to participating in the various conferences, we also understand that STEM education is important and must be introduced to students early in their educational journey. To that end, we provide tools and resources for teachers in grades K-12 that includes lesson plans, activities, videos, and classroom-friendly data.

Moreover, employees are encouraged to seek advancement opportunities through the Agency’s leadership program. The Leadership Competencies Development Program (LCDP) is an 18-month program that provides a series of training and learning experiences that will broaden participants understanding of NOAA’s strategic vision, mission, and goals, as well as NOAA’s business processes.

I invite you to consider NOAA Research as a viable option for your next employment opportunity. We are always looking for people like you to help us in our pursuit of DEI and to add your skills to the amazing work that we are engaging in every day.

Nicole Mason is the EEO Director/Diversity Program Manager for NOAA Research.

P: 301-734-1279

“NOAA's unique mission of science, service and stewardship demands a diverse workforce to reflect, understand, and respond to the varied communities and stakeholders we serve. Equally important is an inclusive work environment that drives employee and organizational performance. NOAA recognizes that a sustained commitment to strengthening diversity and inclusion is critical to enable a future where ecosystems reinforce each other and are mutually resilient in the face of sudden and prolonged change."

From the NOAA Diversity & Inclusion Strategic Plan

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility Policy

Diversity boosts the creativity and breadth of experience, ability, and vision in any organization, and is fundamental in a scientific and collegial organization like NOAA Research.

Building from the NOAA plan, NOAA Research created its own Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Accessibility Strategic Plan. The plan states eight guiding principles for having an inclusive work environment.

Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Accessibility Strategic Plan Guiding Principles

More Resources

If you’d like to learn more about NOAA and NOAA Research’s efforts to increase and improve knowledge and understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion issues, please contact Nicole Mason, EEO Director, at 301-734-1279 or access these links for additional information: