The Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Civil Rights coordinates with the Office of Policy Analysis and across the Department of the Interior to promote equity and justice for all Americans.
On April 14, 2022, the Department of the Interior published its Equity Action Plan, which lays the foundation for removing barriers to equal opportunity and delivering resources and benefits equitably to all Americans.
EO 13985 calls on agencies to advance equity through identifying and addressing barriers to equal opportunity that underserved communities may face due to government policies and programs.
The Department has focused its implementation of EO 13985 on assessing three focus areas that support the agency mission and have high potential for equity impact:
As part of its implementation of EO 13985, the Department of the Interior conducted virtual listening sessions and invited public comments to obtain input on barriers that underserved communities and individuals may face related to these three focus areas.
Learn more about the Department of the Interior's implementation of EO 13985, including summaries of virtual listening sessions.
"Every person should be treated with respect and dignity and should be able to live without fear, no matter who they are or whom they love...All persons should receive equal treatment under the law, no matter their gender identity or sexual orientation.
"It is the policy of my Administration to prevent and combat discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation, and to fully enforce Title VII and other laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation. It is also the policy of my Administration to address overlapping forms of discrimination."
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