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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Employees in the Office of Research, Transition, and Application (ORTA) aspire to create an inclusive workplace environment where everyone feels welcomed, valued, and celebrated. We are firmly committed to increasing the diversity within its workforce where everyone experiences a true sense of belonging and feels empowered to reach their full potential.

“DE&I actions within ORTA will continue to emerge as we listen and learn. We strive to foster an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are respected, valued, and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission of the organization.”

– Fiona Horsfall, Director of ORTA

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Mission Our mission is to bring awareness to employees and applicants about Equal Employment Opportunities and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts through the following:
  • Empowerment – Consultation services to employees, managers, and applicants.
  • Exposure – Recruitment and outreach activities for short and long-term recruitment.
  • Education – Federal EEO Mandated training, Special Emphasis programs, and Connections newsletter.
  • Evaluation – Monitor employment statistics to prepare reports for NOAA, DOC, EEOC, and OPM.

DE&I Actions at ORTA

The Office of Research, Transition, and Application is committed to implementing programs to embrace and foster representation and participation of diverse groups of people through:

DE&I Training Workshops

Participating in DE&I workshops to increase awareness and knowledge of DE&I

ORTA Strategic Plan

Incorporating DE&I components into the ORTA strategic plan

Employee Performance Plans

Including DE&I elements in employee performance plans

All Hands Meetings

Providing a platform for everyone’s voice at monthly ORTA All-Hands meetings

EEO Advisory Committee

Attending NOAA OAR Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Advisory Committee meetings. Learn more about NOAA OAR EEO here.

Affinity Groups

Serving as members in several NOAA Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)

Professional Development

Pursuing professional development opportunities to learn best practices for a more equal and inclusive work environment

Notice of Funding

Broadening participation in the scientific and technology transfer workforce by facilitating equitable access to our programming and other opportunities, including through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program Notice of Funding Opportunity

Communications and Programs

Seeking to establish communication and programs with the Tribal Communities, Cooperative Science Centers and Minority Serving Institutions

Insights and Highlights


More Resources

Please follow these links to learn more about NOAA’s efforts to increase and improve knowledge and understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion issues: