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Employees are the foundation of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the key to its success, and there is an obvious connection between the quality of VA’s workforce and the quality of VA’s programs and services.
In order to ensure a continuous high level of care and service to Veterans, VA must recruit, retain, develop, and engage the best people possible. To do so, VA must cultivate a diverse workforce and an inclusive work environment—an environment in which all employees can contribute to the maximum extent possible to VA’s success.
We define diversity in its broadest context to include all that makes us unique: race, color, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability status, culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, parental status, educational background, socioeconomic status, intellectual perspective, organizational level, and more. By doing so, we are able to harvest the full performance advantages our diversity offers. Inclusion is the means by which we harvest this talent. It is the deliberate effort to leverage diversity and empower all voices to contribute to the mission.
The Department’s Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2012-2016 contains three goals:
Visit the VA Office of Diversity and Inclusion web site at http://www.diversity.va.gov to learn more.