Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion

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.”

Diversity is simply our “differences”; creating an environment where differences are valued, respected and integrated into every part of an organization’s operation. These include, but are not limited to, characteristics such as national origin, language, race, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, veteran status, and family structures. Each of these traits bring their own perspective and skill to the workplace.

Inclusion is a culture that recognizes, values, and respects each individual and promotes collaboration and fairness to enable all members of the workforce to reach their full potential.

Diversity management is a process concerned with equity or fairness. Unlike EEO, it's not legally required, is based on choice, and includes everyone. A good diversity management program aims to improve awareness of others that will lead to positive behavioral changes.

The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Office recognizes that a “one-size-fits all” approach to managing people does not achieve fairness and equality but embrace people for having different personal needs, values and beliefs.

DTRA strongly commits to Diversity and Inclusion to accomplishing its mission.

If you have any questions about Diversity and Inclusion, please email: dtra.belvoir.dir.mbx.equity-diversity-and-inclusion-inbox@mail.mil or call 703-767-4451.