The Human Resources Command has a new office designed to ensure organizational commitment to diversity and inclusion practices at all levels of the HRC.
While still in its infancy, the Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Workforce Development began in October 2021.
In addition to ensuring organizational commitment to diversity and inclusion practices, the office’s purpose is multiple and directly supports leadership.
“The DE&I team will assist and advise executives in support of their efforts to ensure a fully transparent and fair system exists,” said Carmen Lewis, Head of DCI and Workforce Development .
This will include marketing initiatives, recruiting, hiring, advancement and retention.
ODEI, in short, seeks to implement diversity training that develops socio-cultural skills, creates and maintains an inclusive environment where the value of diverse knowledge, experiences and backgrounds enhances mission readiness, according to Lewis.
Based on Presidential Decree 13583 and the People’s Army Strategy, the HRC implemented ODEI as a single team including equal opportunities in employment, equal opportunities in the military, the sexual harassment / assault prevention and intervention program and workforce development working together to enrich the CRH workforce.
As stated in the army’s workforce strategy of October 2019, “we will move from simple ‘distribution of personnel’ to more deliberate management of the talents of soldiers and civilians. This means creating a 21st century talent management system with policies, programs and processes that recognize and capitalize on the unique knowledge, skills and behaviors of every member of the Army team, enabling us to ‘use each one optimally.
For the HRC, this will improve organizational awareness and sensitivity regarding diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
“Our team seeks to develop and cultivate an understanding and an environment, where DCI remains an essential and integral part of the culture of the organization,” said Lewis. “We also want to retain talented professionals with rewarding careers, offering a diversity of talents, knowledge, skills, behaviors and preferences – from all corners of our country and its vibrant and multicultural population. “
The mission and vision of the Army Personnel Strategy is that the Total Army acquires, develops, employs and retains the diversity of military and civilian talent necessary to achieve Total Army readiness, while building cohesive teams for the Joint Force by maximizing the talents of our people, the largest force in the military and the most important weapons system.
The HRC ODEI is a small team of civilians and soldiers, reporting directly to the HRC commanding general.
The team is committed to a diverse and inclusive organization that fosters creativity, solves complex problems and enhances innovation through employee engagement, while fostering an environment free from discrimination, micro-aggression, sexual harassment and sexual assault.
“We are fully committed to making sure that every teammate knows they matter and that they are valued,” said Lewis. “Our commitment to a fair and equitable process will ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to achieve their professional and personal goals. ”
|Date posted:||01.13.2022 07:51|
|Site:||FORT KNOX, Kentucky, United States|
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