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Cultural Diversity in the Workplace

Standing Together for Veterans

To ensure a high level of care and service for Veterans, VA must recruit, retain, develop and engage the best people possible. 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.

Only together can we achieve our mission. The Department’s Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2012-2016 contains three goals:

  • A Diverse Workforce - Build a diverse, high-performing workforce that reflects all segments of society.
  • An Inclusive Workplace - Cultivate a flexible, collaborative, and inclusive work environment that leverages diversity and empowers all contributors.
  • Outstanding Public Service - Facilitate outstanding, culturally competent public service and stakeholder relations through effective leadership and accountability.

Visit the VA Office of Diversity and Inclusion to learn more about VA’s commitment to diversity.