Diversity Change Agents

Diversity Change Agents are leaders who work to embrace and enact the Department of the Interior's Inclusive Workplace Strategy.

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Purpose

DOI established its Diversity Change Agent (DCA) program to affect and mobilize a critical mass of stakeholders to embrace and enact its Inclusive Workplace Strategy. Participants in the program are influential leaders who have enormous credibility from a mission standpoint, including executives, managers/supervisors, and non-supervisors. DCAs can be found at every level of the organization and how they champion diversity and inclusion may vary considerably.

Objective

DCAs are trained to assist in efforts to educate the workforce that diversity and inclusion is a mission critical to the organization. DCAs serve as catalysts for change; and to get executives, managers/supervisors, and non-supervisory employees to a point where embrace diversity and inclusion as strategic opportunities.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Facilitating change by modeling appropriate diversity and inclusion behaviors;
  • Positively impacting employee empathy towards others who are different;
  • Creating diversity and inclusion mind-set shifts and achieving buy-in;
  • Increasing awareness of the benefits of a culturally diverse workforce;
  • Promoting attendance at cross-culturally and cross-generational learning events and activities;
  • Tactfully challenging stereotype comments and assumptions;
  • Initiating conversations about diversity and inclusions;
  • Encouraging colleagues to get involved in diversity and inclusion strategies;
  • Encouraging open conversations about what working in a diverse and multicultural environment entails;
  • Facilitating discussions about the conflicts consequent to generational differences, cultural differences; gender differences; and sexual orientation; and
  • Sharing diversity and inclusion successes with the Office of Secretary (OS).