CIA announces diversity program to recruit LGBT individuals
Last week the intelligence agency released a three year “Diversity and Inclusion” strategy with a specific program designed to recruit LGBT individuals, people of color, people with disabilities and women.
The plan, aims to cultivate an “inclusive culture that encourages collaboration, flexibility, and fairness” which will “enable all officers to contribute to their full potential.” It outlines three main goals in achieving success in the three-year diversity strategy.
The first goal, “Weaving Diversity and Inclusion Throughout the Talent Cycle” which aims to combat unconscious bias among recruit officers by implementing “corporate-wide unconscious bias training, speaker series, and other learning opportunities.” One of the main actions of this goal will also be to establish diversity and inclusion programs which focus on “professional development, including mentoring, coaching, shadowing, and other experiences that aim for officers to develop as CIA Intelligence Professionals.”
“Becoming An Employer of Choice” is the second goal stated in the CIA’s plan. This is the part that includes LGBT individuals and people of color.
“We will continue to enrich our workforce by targeting diverse communities across the United States to meet our talent needs, with dedicated programs for citizens of African, Asian, Hispanic, Middle Eastern, South Asian, and Native American descent; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Individuals; Persons with Disabilities; Veterans; and Women,” the plan states.
The CIA is planning to improve accessibility in the workplace for those with disabilities and explore their student programs to reach a long term agency goal of “30 percent minority representation.”
It also says it will provide learning opportunities for recruitment officers to combat unconscious bias. The third goal aims to increase diversity in leadership. Some of the key actions for this part of the plan include establising executive diversity and inclusion training for all SIS officers, delivering a diversity and inclusion performance objective to all managers and supervisors, and disseminating an “annual diversity and inclusion reports, highlighting trends, accomplishments, gaps, and next steps.”
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