Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility
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 (Your lab/program name here, spell out), and the intellectual capability they provide, are its greatest asset. As complexity grows and the pace of change and advancement in environmental science increases, 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.
One strategy focuses on “Develop the next-generation workforce,” which states:
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.
Read more about our 2020-2026 Strategy.
NOAA Research Assistant Administrator
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility Mission
Bring awareness to employees, applicants for employment and management about Equal Employment Opportunity/Diversity through the following:
Message Nicole Mason, EEO Director/Diversity Program Manager
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’s Contact Info:
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.
NOAA’s Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan states that,
“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.”
Our guiding principles for having an inclusive work environment are:
- We will treat each other with respect, always, regardless of rank or grade.
- Every employee deserves a work environment free from discrimination, disrespect, and fear.
- We promote open expression of our individuality and diversity within the bounds of courtesy, sensitivity, and respect, and will promote an environment of professionalism in our facilities.
- We will routinely seek to attract diverse talent in our workforce.
- We seek to resolve workplace conflicts in a prompt, impartial, confidential, nondiscriminatory, and constructive manner, without fear of reprisal, and at the lowest level through open communication.
- All employees are valued and included for the unique contributions they bring to the organization.
- Leaders and supervisors have a special responsibility to build and preserve this climate and culture of inclusion and mutual respect for all.
- People First, Mission Always.
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:
- NOAA Diversity and Inclusion Implementation Plan
- NOAA Civil Rights Office
- NOAA Administrative Orders on EEO
- EEO Requirements and Policies
- How to File a Complaint
- Disability Discrimination
- U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
- Executive Order on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in the Federal Workforce (June 25, 2021)