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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Plan: 2023-2028 (2023)

Chapter: Goals, Objectives, and Actions

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Suggested Citation:"Goals, Objectives, and Actions." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2023. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Plan: 2023-2028. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/26918.
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Suggested Citation:"Goals, Objectives, and Actions." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2023. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Plan: 2023-2028. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/26918.
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GOALS, OBJECTIVES, AND ACTIONS

images INFRASTRUCTURE AND CAPACITY
Goal 1: Build infrastructure and develop capacity to advance DEI
OBJECTIVES ACTIONS

1.1 Establish the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI)

  1. Recruit and hire staff
  2. Develop external partnerships and collaborations
  3. Secure a budget and external resources to support DEI initiatives and related programming

1.2 Create a governance structure to ensure accountability around DEI

  1. Establish a DEI Council which equitably and inclusively represents the diverse voices of staff
  2. Establish a DEI Program Advisory Committee to support the DEI Council with efforts in programmatic work

1.3 Develop and support a network of staff-led DEI initiatives

  1. Establish Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)
  2. Collaborate with division and office staff-led DEI groups

1.4 Establish an organization-wide vision and strategy to guide DEI efforts

  1. Develop a vision statement for a diverse, equitable, inclusive, anti-racist, multicultural organization
  2. Develop the DEI Action Plan
  3. Support staff, including leaders, in their efforts to establish and achieve DEI-oriented goals
Suggested Citation:"Goals, Objectives, and Actions." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2023. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Plan: 2023-2028. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/26918.
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images CULTURE
Goal 2: Foster a culture of inclusion and belonging for staff, Academy members, and volunteers
OBJECTIVES ACTIONS

2.1 Conduct inclusion and engagement assessments with internal and external stakeholders

  1. Develop and conduct an organization-wide climate and culture questionnaire triennially
  2. Develop and conduct an organization-wide DEI pulse survey every 18 months
  3. Gather qualitative information from staff through DEI listening sessions on an ad hoc basis
  4. Conduct an NRC Impact Benchmark Survey

2.2 Develop an education strategy and deliver training for staff, members, and volunteers

  1. Create and maintain a DEI learning curriculum and resources that are universally accessible and based on best practices and staff input
  2. Develop and launch an introductory DEI training for all staff
  3. Integrate DEI concepts into existing training when applicable
  4. Ensure that DEI training opportunities are available to all staff (including all levels, locations, and functions)
  5. Develop and implement strategies for supporting and incentivizing participation in DEI training

2.3 Enhance cross-organization teamwork and collaboration

  1. Enhance and expand the DEI Speaker Series to increase staff awareness and understanding of DEI issues
  2. Coordinate and facilitate organization-wide community service opportunities
  3. Develop and host an initial DEI summit as a professional development opportunity
  4. Create opportunities for cross-organization collaboration and learning related to DEI
  5. Create opportunities for social engagement among staff

2.4 Create safe spaces for dialogue and the exchange of ideas

  1. Design and facilitate DEI dialogue sessions for staff
  2. Support and expand ERGs (see 1.3a)

2.5 Review, refine, and communicate mistreatment policies and procedures

  1. Enhance policies and processes for reporting mistreatment
  2. Develop and implement strategies and procedures for addressing situations involving power differentials
  3. Communicate policies related to mistreatment and reporting processes to staff, members, volunteers, and sponsors
  4. Develop bystander intervention training and resources for staff
Suggested Citation:"Goals, Objectives, and Actions." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2023. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Plan: 2023-2028. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/26918.
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images HIRING, ADVANCEMENT, AND COMPENSATION
Goal 3: Enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion in hiring, advancement, and compensation
OBJECTIVES ACTIONS

3.1 Review and refine hiring practices, policies, and procedures

  1. Assess where the National Academies stand regarding diversity in hiring
  2. Strengthen efforts to attract diverse applicants and increase staff diversity at all levels
  3. Review and revise interview processes
  4. Review and improve job descriptions
  5. Implement inclusive hiring practices

3.2 Review and refine advancement and compensation practices, policies, and procedures

  1. Review advancement practices, policies, and procedures through a DEI lens and recommend changes based on best practices
  2. Review data to monitor progress and opportunities for improvement
  3. Refine advancement policies and procedures
  4. Expand professional development opportunities for staff and emerging diverse professionals (e.g., interns)
  5. Review and enhance pay equity analysis practices

3.3 Ensure transparency and communication around hiring, advancement, and compensation

  1. Clarify and communicate advancement processes
  2. Establish multiple mechanisms for gathering employee feedback, including confidential feedback
  3. Provide regular updates to staff on progress in hiring, advancement, and compensation policies and practices
  4. Develop and communicate consistent guidelines for recruiters, hiring managers, supervisors, and senior leaders
Suggested Citation:"Goals, Objectives, and Actions." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2023. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Plan: 2023-2028. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/26918.
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images PROGRAMS AND INITIATIVES
Goal 4: Apply a DEI lens to programs, projects, and initiatives
OBJECTIVES ACTIONS

4.1 Review and revise how program and initiative work is conducted

  1. Identify current systems, policies, and practices that contribute to DEI for staff, members, and volunteers
  2. Identify and adopt relevant DEI and anti-racism policies and practices from National Academies publications (see 4.4a)
  3. Identify opportunities and incentives to increase the adoption of DEI-related policies and practices in program work
  4. Ensure that diversity is a key element of recruitment policies, procedures, and practices related to the identification of experts for programmatic activities (see 5.2)

4.2 Establish the role of DEI in programmatic work and related policies and practices

  1. Communicate to staff the National Academies’ DEI goals to advance DEI through programmatic work
  2. Communicate to members, volunteers, and sponsors the National Academies’ DEI goals to advance DEI through programmatic work
  3. Define and embed DEI into programmatic processes, from project development through dissemination
  4. Develop and implement a framework for advancing accessibility and inclusion in all activities

4.3 Embed DEI content throughout programmatic work

  1. Integrate DEI outcomes into each program and division’s strategic plan
  2. Create, facilitate, and sustain DEI best practices in programmatic work
  3. Develop a portfolio of projects and programs that includes and serves communities which are/have been under-represented and marginalized in STEMM

4.4 Leverage internal and external expertise to advance DEI in programmatic work

  1. Identify and adopt DEI and anti-racism policies and practices from National Academies publications (see 4.1b)
  2. Recognize and highlight teams and staff which have demonstrated leadership and/or expertise in DEI
  3. Engage external experts in DEI and STEMM in an advisory capacity for the National Academies
  4. Establish an institutional mechanism and guidelines for community engagement in program work
  5. Improve strategies for recruiting experts who are/have been underrepresented and marginalized in STEMM (see 5.2)
Suggested Citation:"Goals, Objectives, and Actions." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2023. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Plan: 2023-2028. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/26918.
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images DIVERSITY
Goal 5: Diversify Academy members, volunteers, vendors, contractors, and partners
OBJECTIVES ACTIONS

5.1 Review and revise processes and practices for electing Academy members

  1. Review DEI-related policies and procedures related to member election
  2. Identify barriers to enhancing DEI among Academy members
  3. Improve internal data systems to accurately track the diversity and expertise of members via Impexium (see 6.1a)
  4. Enhance policies and procedures and develop resources and partnerships that support diversifying Academy members

5.2 Review and revise policies, processes, and practices for selecting volunteers

  1. Review DEI-related policies and procedures related to volunteer recruitment
  2. Identify barriers to enhancing DEI in volunteer recruitment
  3. Improve internal data systems to accurately track the diversity and expertise of volunteers via Impexium (see 6.1a)
  4. Enhance processes and practices and develop resources and partnerships that support diversifying Academy members

5.3 Review and revise policies, processes, and practices for selecting vendors, contractors, and partners

  1. Review DEI-related policies and procedures related to contractor, vendor, and partner selection
  2. Identify barriers to enhancing DEI in contractor, vendor, and partner selection
  3. Enhance policies and procedures and develop resources and partnerships that support diversifying vendors, contractors, and partners
Suggested Citation:"Goals, Objectives, and Actions." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2023. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Plan: 2023-2028. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/26918.
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images ACCOUNTABILITY, TRANSPARENCY, AND COMMUNICATION
Goal 6: Increase accountability, data transparency, and communication regarding DEI initiatives
OBJECTIVES ACTIONS

6.1 Develop and improve data systems to collect DEI-related metrics

  1. Improve internal data systems to accurately track the diversity and expertise of members and volunteers via Impexium (see 5.1c and 5.2c)
  2. Use Workday to improve internal data systems’ capacities to accurately track the diversity and expertise of staff
  3. Develop a mechanism to collect and share data on vendors, contractors, and partners (see 5.3)
  4. Support new DEI-related data collection efforts, including question design and implementation (see 2.1)

6.2 Develop and maintain DEI Action Trackers and a corresponding DEI Action Dashboard

  1. Understand the organization’s capacity regarding metrics, benchmarks, and dashboards
  2. Determine high-priority metrics and benchmarks that align with the DEI Action Plan’s goals and actions
  3. Create internal DEI Action Trackers and a corresponding DEI Action Dashboard that facilitate transparency, action, and accountability
  4. Develop and implement a systematic process for collecting information from internal stakeholders to update the dashboard

6.3 Evaluate and revise DEI efforts on an ongoing basis

  1. Develop and implement a plan to evaluate the impacts and value of ongoing DEI efforts
  2. Modify DEI Action Plan priorities and the investment of resources based on evaluation results

6.4 Communicate DEI initiatives and progress regularly with internal and external audiences

  1. Share DEI data, progress, and best practices internally
  2. Share DEI data, progress, and best practices externally
  3. Create a DEI communications plan to support communications across the organization
  4. Develop and implement a strategy to incorporate DEI value statements into all communication vehicles
  5. Support the use of inclusive language in all publications and documents
Suggested Citation:"Goals, Objectives, and Actions." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2023. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Plan: 2023-2028. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/26918.
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Suggested Citation:"Goals, Objectives, and Actions." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2023. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Plan: 2023-2028. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/26918.
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Suggested Citation:"Goals, Objectives, and Actions." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2023. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Plan: 2023-2028. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/26918.
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Suggested Citation:"Goals, Objectives, and Actions." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2023. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Plan: 2023-2028. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/26918.
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Suggested Citation:"Goals, Objectives, and Actions." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2023. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Plan: 2023-2028. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/26918.
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Suggested Citation:"Goals, Objectives, and Actions." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2023. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Plan: 2023-2028. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/26918.
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Suggested Citation:"Goals, Objectives, and Actions." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2023. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Plan: 2023-2028. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/26918.
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The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released its first Annual Report in 2022, which documents the institution’s efforts to build capacity to advance diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), including the establishment of the inaugural ODI. This publication lays out a comprehensive plan to chart a path toward achieving our goals and objectives. This 5-year DEI Action Plan reflects our commitment to systemic change and accountability as we pursue DEI and anti-racism efforts in our programs, institutional policies and practices, and products.

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