Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility
We are enriched by diverse perspectives, celebrating each other’s unique experience and expertise.
The people of NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (NOAA Research), 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.
One of the principles that help guide how I approach my role as OAR Assistant Administrator is applying the ideals of diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility in two distinct realms. First, how diverse and inclusive are we as an organization? Second, how effective are we in serving the diverse population of the United States with our science? Are we addressing the needs equitably across our country and engaging communities that have been traditionally underserved? Acting upon these questions is one of my top priorities at OAR.
Steven Thur, Ph.D., NOAA Research Assistant Administrator
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.
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.
Nicole Mason is the EEO Director/Diversity Program Manager for NOAA Research.
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.
“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