AUGUST 3, 2017--This week, members of the NOS Equal Employment Opportunity, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council (NEDAC) met to establish an action plan that will guide the council in its efforts to increase diversity and inclusion within our organization. This meeting marks the first time the council has convened in person since 2014.
The council had three main objectives for its two-day offsite meeting:
- Get to know each other and begin to work as an effective team;
- Identify priorities on which NEDAC will focus its work through December 2018;
- Develop a work plan for achieving identified priorities.
Facilitator Gwen Crider, consultant with the Crider group, led the council in team-building exercises and guided members as they created a first draft of their action plan. The plan is aligned with the NOAA and NOS Diversity and Inclusion Plans, which will help streamline efforts throughout the organization.
The NEDAC is chaired by Nicole R. LeBoeuf, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Ocean Services and Coastal Zone Management, and co-chaired by Michelle A. Crockett, National Program Manager, EEO and Diversity. All Program Offices of NOS are represented with two representatives. OR&R representatives are Kristen Faiferlick and Brian Julius.