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The Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management is now EDI!

Over the past two years, the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management (OEODM) has worked closely with our customers, the NIH community, to gather feedback on how to continue doing great work while further strengthening NIH’s diversity and inclusion efforts. We conducted numerous listening sessions, consulted with senior leadership, and solicited the input from employees from all facets of the NIH community. We thank you for your candid and helpful guidance, and want you to know that we heard you. As we rebrand the NIH’s diversity and anti-discrimination efforts in a manner that conveys the innovative, proactive approach to diversity and inclusion at the NIH and the exciting future of this field of work, we wanted to let you know that OEODM is being renamed the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, or EDI! Equity reflects the vision of a fair and impartial environment for our employees, customers, and stakeholders. Diversity encompasses acceptance and respect, recognizes that each individual is unique, and further affirms individual differences. Inclusion cultivates a culture that connects each employee to the organization and encourages collaboration, flexibility, and fairness while leveraging diversity so that all individuals are empowered to participate and contribute to their full potential.

However, our name isn’t the only thing that has changed. We are actively incorporating the ideas we learned from our customers across the NIH and have responded with a new design and organization. From our Take the Pledge initiative, to our Consulting efforts, to our D&I 365 commitment, the changes we have made are bold and innovative, further supporting NIH’s ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion. A newly revamped EDI web site will be launching very soon. Check back often for the latest information.

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