The Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management Division (EODMD) cultivates a diverse workforce that mirrors the communities served by NWS, and promotes an environment of inclusion that maximizes employee engagement and productivity. EODMD ensures that Department of Commerce and NOAA diversity and inclusion priorities are reflected in NWS policies, and implemented in a consistent manner across NWS' uniquely distributed organization. The office consists of three federally mandated programs-the Federal Women's Program, the Hispanic Program and the Persons with Targeted Disabilities (PWTD) Program. Each of these programs is governed by Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act which prohibits illegal discrimination based on race, sex, color, religion, genetic information, national origin, sexual orientation and disability.
EODMD collaborates with the Office of Communications to ensure the Agency’s Equal Opportunity and Diversity messaging accurately reflects the sentiments of Agency leadership. EODMD also assists the Workforce Management Office (WFMO) with their outreach to women, minorities and persons with targeted disabilities. EODMD provides guidance to the NWS Diversity Council, serves as advisors to the NOAA Diversity and Inclusion Management Council (DIMAC), in addition to providing EEO compliance training to supervisors’ managers and employees across a geographically dispersed area.
EODMD conducts mandatory EEOC on-site Technical Assistance Visits (TAVs) in field offices in accordance with EEOC Management Directive MD 715 to ensure employees attend appropriate training and are aware of the diversity/equal rights opportunities, tools and support available to them. EODMD is an Agency asset available to employees and managers alike.