NASA Policy Statement on Diversity and Inclusion
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Headquarters Diversity and Inclusion Plan
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Defining Diversity and Inclusion
At NASA, our Diversity and Inclusion Framework is designed to develop and sustain organizational environments Agencywide that fully realize individual potentials and make optimal use of our differing backgrounds, perspectives, and life experiences to help achieve mission success.
Diversity is the similarities and differences in the individual and organizational characteristics that shape our workplace.
Inclusion is the means by which we optimize the benefits to mission inherent in our diversity.
The Value of Diversity for NASA
NASA needs the best employees to design creative and innovative solutions. We know the best employees come from diverse backgrounds and hold diverse viewpoints, and that workforce diversity, when fully utilized, leads to greater diversity of ideas and viewpoints which in turn leads to more creativity and innovation.
NASA must position itself to attract, fully utilize, and retain the best talent. This includes being viewed as an employer of choice for a diverse workforce. NASA has been ranked as “one of the top places to work among large federal agency employers.
(from proposed Diversity & Inclusion Framework)
Why is Diversity Important?
NASA, like all organizations, provides products and services. NASA’s main services are the U.S. space program, aeronautics research and development, and related sciences, with stakeholders that include the U.S. Congress, the American public, and ultimately the world community - in a rapidly changing world.
NASA needs to be reflective of the diversity of America at all levels of the organization by increasing its outreach efforts to encourage and motivate students in diverse and low-income communities. Awareness and motivation for STEM educational and job opportunities is lacking, and too many students/families are unaware of the available resources.
NASA Headquarters Special Emphasis Programs
Special Emphasis Programs (SEP) provide awareness, leadership,
and the expertise necessary to promote equal employment opportunity
and an all inclusive work environment at NASA Headquarters.
SEP Managers work to implement Presidential Executive Orders
29 and C.F.R. Section 1614.102 (b)(4).
In support of these programs, SEP Managers conduct educational
and motivational activities and facilitate observances designed
to foster increased awareness, understanding, and appreciation
for the contributions of all persons. Below is the list of
the monthly commemorative observances:
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Holiday Observance,
||African American History Month
||National Women's History Month
||Holocaust Remembrance Federal Observance
|| Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Events
||Women's Equality Day
||Hispanic Heritage Month
||National Disability Employment Awareness Month
||Native American Indian Heritage Month
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