On August 18, 2011, President Obama issued Executive Order 13583-- Establishing a Coordinated Government-wide Initiative to Promote Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) in the Federal Workforce, which calls for all federal agencies to develop and implement a strategic plan for Diversity and Inclusion.
In the Executive Order, the President emphasizes his commitment to promoting the Federal workplace as a model of equal opportunity, diversity and inclusion.
Specifically, he states “Our Nation derives strength from the diversity of its population and from its commitment to equal opportunity for all. We are at our best when we draw on the talents of all parts of our society, and our greatest accomplishments are achieved when diverse perspectives are brought to bear to overcome our greatest challenges.”
Therefore, CNIC has an obligation to be a model employer and to comply with Executive Order 13583.
Diversity and Inclusion Defined
Diversity is all the different characteristics and attributes of the workforce that are consistent with our core values, integral to overall readiness and mission accomplishment, and reflective of the nation we serve.
Inclusion is the means by which we embrace diversity, backgrounds and perspective of the workforce. It is essential to leveraging a diverse workforce by empowering individuals to contribute to their fullest potential.
Our Layers of Diversity
The Core Dimension (Thinking Style): This is how we think and communicate
Internal Dimensions: are largely out of our control but have a powerful impact on behaviors and attitudes
External Dimensions: are largely within our control and our choices formed by environmental, social/cultural factors and experiences
Organizational Dimensions: are largely defined and influenced by the group or organization in which we work
Benefits of Diversity and Inclusion
Critically drive innovation and leading edge technologies, and are intrinsically linked to optimal strategic outcomes
Attract, develop, and retain top, high performing talent
Engage and foster acceptance of multiple voices with new ideas and new strategies, encourages and respects out-of-box thinking
Enrich the workplace by broadening employee perspectives, strengthening teams, offering greater resources to problems
Ensure success and mission readiness with a return on investment (ROI) in performance and sustainable mission readiness by leveraging the knowledge, skills, abilities, talents, intellectual capital, perspectives, and engagement of the workforce
Do you have questions regarding Diversity and Inclusion? Contact the CNIC HQ EEO office by phone, individuals call (202) 433-8229 and leave a message; or they can send an email.