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R 101635Z AUG 11 ALCOAST 379/11 COMDTNOTE 5354 SUBJ: OPERATIONAL TASKING (OPTASK) DIVERSITY FY2011 SITREP THREE A.

COAST GUARD DIVERSITY STRATEGIC PLAN B. COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC 221412Z DEC 09/OPTASK DIVERSITY 1. IN JAN 2010, COMMANDER ATLANTIC AREA (LANTAREA), COMMANDER PACIFIC AREA (PACAREA), DEPUTY COMMANDANT FOR OPERATIONS (DCO), AND DEPUTY COMMANDANT FOR MISSION SUPPORT (DCMS) DEVELOPED DIVERSITY ACTION PLANS RELEVANT TO THEIR ORGANIZATIONAL FOCUS IN AN EFFORT TO OPTIMIZE WORKFORCE READINESS AND MEET THE MARITIME CHALLENGES OF THE 21ST CENTURY. THE RESULTANT PLANS IDENTIFIED ACTION ITEMS THAT WOULD HELP THE COAST GUARD ACHIEVE ITS STRATEGIC DIVERSITY GOALS AS OUTLINED IN REF A. 2. REF B REQUIRES THAT QUARTERLY PROGRESS REPORTS AND UPDATES BE SUBMITTED TO DCMS. THE FOLLOWING UPDATES ARE PROVIDED TO OUTLINE THE PROGRESS AND INITIATIVES THAT HAVE BEEN ACCOMPLISHED IN THE LAST QUARTER. A. THE COAST GUARD WAS RECOGNIZED FOR ITS DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION STRATEGIES AND INITIATIVES BY THE OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT (OPM). THE OPM-SPONSORED STUDY OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT RANKED THE COAST GUARD IN THE TOP TEN FOR DIVERSITY BEST PRACTICES. A BACKBONE TO THIS FINDING IS OUR DIVERSITY STRATEGIC PLAN (REF A). AVAILABLE AT WWW.USCG.MIL/DIVERSITY, REF A BUILDS UPON THE PROGRESS WE HAVE ACHIEVED AND FOR WHICH WE CONTINUE TO STRIVE, AND PROVIDES DIRECTION FOR OUR COLLECTIVE EFFORTS TO SUSTAIN THE COAST GUARD AS A LEADER IN DIVERSITY MANAGEMENT AND A MODEL FOR THE NATION. B. IN SUPPORT OF GOAL 5 OF REF A (OPTIMIZE TRAINING AND EDUCATION TO ENHANCE DIVERSITY MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP SKILL SETS), THE COAST GUARD PROVIDED A ROBUST PRESENCE AT THIS YEARS ASSOCIATION OF NAVAL SERVICES OFFICERS (ANSO) SYMPOSIUM. THIS YEARS SYMPOSIUM PROVIDED NUMEROUS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS AND MENTORING/NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES. AIMED AT INCREASING RETENTION, AFFINITY GROUPS SUCH AS THIS PROVIDE INVALUABLE CAREER GUIDANCE OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH OPEN LEADERSHIP DISCUSSIONS WHICH OPTIMALLY POSITION OUR MEMBERS TO REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL. C. FUSING OUR DIVERSITY OUTREACH EFFORTS WITH THE COMMANDANTS VISION OF STRENGTHENING OUR PARTNERSHIPS, THE COAST GUARD ENHANCED OUR COLLABORATION WITH THE NATIONAL SOCIETY OF BLACK ENGINEERS (NSBE) BY HOSTING NSBES ANNUAL NATIONAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE AT THE COAST GUARD ACADEMY. THE CONFERENCE BROUGHT NSBES COLLECTIVE LEADERSHIP TO NEW LONDON FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COUPLED WITH A SHOWCASE OF COAST GUARD HISTORY, HERITAGE, AND AVAILABLE CAREER OPPORTUNITIES. THE CONFERENCE STRENGTHENED OUR RESPECTIVE GOALS OF PROMOTING SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, AND MATH EDUCATION AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR UNDERREPRESENTED MINORITIES. D. IN TRUE RECOGNITION OF AN ALL-HANDS COMMITMENT TO THE DIVERSITY OUTREACH MISSION, MEMBERS OF TEAM COAST GUARD AND SENIOR LEADERSHIP VOLUNTEERED AND PARTICIPATED IN THE 2011 WORLD CHILDRENS FESTIVAL. THE FESTIVAL, LOCATED ON THE NATIONAL MALL AND HELD EVERY FOUR YEARS, BROUGHT CHILDREN AND DELEGATES FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD TO CELEBRATE UNITY AND PROMOTE STRENGTH IN DIVERSITY. OVER 50 COAST GUARD ACTIVE DUTY, RESERVE, AUXILIARY AND CIVILIAN MEMBERS SHOWCASED THE SERVICES MISSIONS THROUGH VARIOUS WORKSHOPS AND ACTIVITIES TO OVER 5,000 ATTENDEES. E. AS A RESULT OF OUR EXTENSIVE AND COLLECTIVE OUTREACH EFFORTS, THE COAST GUARD WAS RECOGNIZED AS A TOP SUPPORTER OF HISTORICALLY

BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES (HBCU) BY CAREER COMMUNICATIONS GROUP, INC. THE AWARD WAS GIVEN TO ORGANIZATIONS WHO PROVIDED EXEMPLARY SUPPORT IN AREAS SUCH AS CAREER OPPORTUNITIES, INTERNSHIPS AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES. THIS IS THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW THAT THE COAST GUARD WAS AWARDED THIS DISTINCTION. MR ODOM ACCEPTED THE AWARD ON BEHALF OF THE SERVICE. F. TO FURTHER COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE COAST GUARD AND HBCU, A MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT WAS SIGNED BETWEEN THE COAST GUARD AND HAMPTON UNIVERSITY IN NORFOLK, VIRGINIA. SPEARHEADED BY RADM COOK, THIS AGREEMENT PROVIDES FACULTY AND STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP AND INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES WHILE SUPPORTING COAST GUARD CIVILIAN AND MILITARY RECRUITMENT EFFORTS. G. IN SUPPORT OF GOAL 3 OF REF A (EXPAND OUTREACH TO ACHIEVE ACCESS OPPORTUNITY FOR UNDERREPRESENTED POPULATIONS), NUMEROUS ENTITIES FROM THROUGHOUT TEAM COAST GUARD COLLABORATED WITH THE GREAT MINDS IN STEM ORGANIZATION TO CONDUCT A VIVA TECHNOLOGY EVENT IN COMPTON, CA. HELD THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY, VIVA TECHNOLOGY SESSIONS ARE DESIGNED TO ENGAGE INNER-CITY AND RURAL K-12 STUDENTS, TEACHERS AND PARENTS IN ACTIVITIES THAT STIMULATE THEIR INTEREST AND ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT IN STEM SUBJECTS. H. THROUGH COLLABORATION WITH DEANS OF VARIOUS HBCU SCHOOLS OF ENGINEERING, THE COAST GUARD ACADEMY BEGAN A STEM SUMMER MENTORSHIP PROGRAM. UTILIZING EIGHT HBCU STEM JUNIORS, THE PROGRAM WILL HELP THE COAST GUARD ENHANCE STEM OUTREACH INTO UNDERREPRESENTED COMMUNITIES. I. REINFORCING THE IMPORTANCE OF DIVERSITY AND THE VITAL ROLE OF SENIOR LEADERSHIP IN SHAPING OUR WORKFORCE, COAST GUARD LEADERSHIP WAS WELL REPRESENTED AT OVER 20 OUTREACH EVENTS AND AFFINITY GROUP CONFERENCES THIS QUARTER SUCH AS: (1) ADM PAPP, VADM BROWN, RADM CASTILLO, MCPO-CG LEAVITT - ANSO (2) VADM BRICE-OHARA - 20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF COAST GUARD PARTNERSHIP IN EDUCATION (3) VADM CURRIER, MS. PHAN - ASIAN AMERICAN GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVES NETWORK (AAGEN) (4) RADM MAY - SOCIETY OF AMERICAN INDIAN GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES (SAIGE) J. IN SUPPORT OF GOAL 2 OF REF A (FULLY UTILIZE COMMUNICATION AND FOCUS GROUPS TO IMPROVE THE WORKFORCE CULTURAL CLIMATE), PACIFIC AREA AND ATLANTIC AREA HAVE ESTABLISHED LEADERSHIP AND DIVERSITY MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS AND STAFF LEADERSHIP AND DIVERSITY ADVISORY COUNCILS (LDACS) IN ORDER TO IDENTIFY AND ADDRESS DIVERSITY ISSUES IMPACTING THE WORKFORCE. THE LDACS WILL SOLICIT INPUT ON A QUARTERLY BASIS FROM ALL PERSONNEL ON LEADERSHIP AND DIVERSITY MANAGEMENT ISSUES, PROVIDE OPEN AND HONEST FORUMS FOR DISCUSSION OF TOPICS SUBMITTED BY MEMBERS, AND OFFER RECOMMENDATIONS TO EACH COMMANDER ON LEADERSHIP AND DIVERSITY ISSUES IMPACTING THEIR RESPECTIVE STAFFS. K. AN EXAMPLE OF AN AFFINTY GROUP BEST PRACTICE, AVIATION TRAINING CENTER (ATC) MOBILE FINANCIALLY SUPPORTED SIX OF ITS MEMBERS, BOTH OFFICER AND ENLISTED, TO ATTEND THE ANNUAL ANSO SYMPOSIUM. ATC MOBILES COMMITMENT WAS NOTED BY ADM PAPP AND MCPO-CG LEAVITT AND SERVES AS A GREAT EXAMPLE FOR OTHER UNITS OF THE EXECUTION AND PRIORITIZATION OF DIVERSITY EFFORTS AT THE UNIT LEVEL. ADDITIONALLY, RECOGNIZING THE SCHEDULING CONFLICT BETWEEN THE SYMPOSIUM AND THE SERVICE-WIDE EXAMINATION, THE COMMAND DISPLAYED FURTHER DEDICATION TO ITS MEMBERS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND GOAL 1 OF REF A (ASSURE A DIVERSE WORKFORCE THROUGH ALL-HANDS COMMITMENT WITH LEADERSHIP ACCOUNTABILITY) BY MAKING APPROPRIATE ARRANGEMENTS TO PROCTOR THE EXAM FOR A MEMBER WHILE AT THE EVENT. L. INCREASED OUTREACH AND RECRUITING EFFORTS TO PROMOTE

DIVERSITY AT THE COAST GUARD ACADEMY HAVE PRODUCED A THREE-FOLD INCREASE IN UNDERREPRESENTED MINORITY (URM) ACCESSIONS IN A SPAN OF THREE YEARS. OF THE 290 CADETS IN THE CLASS OF 2015, 34 PERCENT ARE URM, AN INCREASE FROM 24 PERCENT FOR THE CLASS OF 2014, 16 PERCENT FOR THE CLASS OF 2013 AND 12 PERCENT FOR THE CLASS OF 2012. CONCERNING ACADEMY WOMEN ENROLLMENT, THE CLASS OF 2012 IS 29 PERCENT WOMEN, THE CLASS OF 2013 IS 29 PERCENT, THE CLASS OF 2014 IS 31 PERCENT AND THE CLASS OF 2015 IS 34 PERCENT WOMEN. M. OUTREACH AND RECRUITING EFFORTS TO PROMOTE DIVERSITY IN THE FIELD WERE ABUNDANT THIS YEAR. THE DIVERSITY CHAMPIONS WERE RECOGNIZED ON THE DIVERSITY WEBSITE AND OUTSTANDING EFFORTS TO NAME A FEW ARE: (1) CDR FRANCES MESSALLE WAS RECOGNIZED FOR HER ROLE IN THE RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION OF WOMEN IN AVIATION. SHE INTRODUCED THE COAST GUARD TO THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT BENEFITS OF ATTENDING THE WOMEN IN AVIATION INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE. CDR MESSALLE ORCHESTRATED OVER 120 COAST GUARD ATTENDEES FOR THE 2010 CONFERENCE AND OVER 140 ATTENDEES FOR THE 2011 CONFERENCE. (2) LT JAY KIRCHER ARRANGED A VISIT TO CG AIRSTA ATLANTIC CITY FOR YOUTH MEMBERS OF THE U. S. LACROSSE BRIDGE PROGRAM IN TRENTON, NEW JERSEY TO LEARN OF THE COAST GUARDS MISSIONS AND OPPORTUNITIES. LT KIRCHER HAS HELPED TO ADVANCE GOAL 3 OF THE COAST GUARDS DIVERSITY STRATEGIC PLAN AND REINFORCED POSITIVE COMMUNITY RELATIONS WHILE EDUCATING YOUTH. (3) LT JOHN VASILARAKIS AND IT1 LARRY MCCAMMON FROM SECTOR LONG ISLAND IMPROVED THE WORKPLACE CLIMATE FOR ALL MEMBERS BY CONDUCTING FOCUS GROUPS TO DISCUSS THE RESULTS OF THE SECTORS DEFENSE EQUAL OPPORTUNITY MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE SURVEY. THROUGH TREMENDOUS INITIATIVE AND INNOVATION, LT VASILARAKIS AND IT1 MCCAMMON HAVE GREATLY SUPPORTED AND DIRECTLY IMPLEMENTED THE COMMANDANTS DIVERSITY STRATEGIC PLAN. 3. COPIES OF REFS A AND B ALONG WITH OTHER VALUABLE DIVERSITY INITIATIVE INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND ON THE COAST GUARD OFFICE OF DIVERSITY WEBSITE AT WWW.USCG.MIL/DIVERSITY/RESOURCES.ASP. 4. POINT OF CONTACT: CAPT CATHERINE A. HAINES, COMDT (CG-12B), (CATHERINE.A.HAINES(AT)USCG.MIL), 202-475-5245. 5. VADM J. P. CURRIER, DEPUTY COMMANDANT FOR MISSION SUPPORT, SENDS. 6. INTERNET RELEASE AUTHORIZED.