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Diversity Impact

At the CIA, everyone’s background is celebrated. By embracing our differences, we are able to fully leverage our talented and dedicated workforce.

Read the stories below to get an inside look into how the CIA’s approach to diversity and inclusion has shaped careers and lives.

Michael: Serving with Pride

Michael, an Open Source Collection Officer, joined the Agency after finishing his bachelor’s degree in international relations and economics. His passion for foreign affairs and national security attracted him to the CIA, even though he was unsure if being openly gay would limit his progression. “Being gay does not impact my work – and that’s the critical point,” Michael said. “My experience has actually been quite the opposite. I’ve had nothing but a positive and welcoming experience – even direct vocal support from management – which allows me to focus solely on my job.”

Michael is an active member of ANGLE, the Agency’s employee resource group for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) officers, and actively participates in LGBT outreach with the recruiters. “I want other members of the LGBT community to know that the Agency offers a supportive environment for them to really make a difference in the world,” Michael said. “Being able to serve openly has been rewarding on so many levels: the most significant being the knowledge that I work in an inclusive environment that welcomes my unique perspective. Everyone deserves that peace of mind, and I am happy to have found it here at the CIA.”

James: Breaking Barriers

In 2006, James was critically wounded while serving as a Marine in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Despite losing both legs, James viewed his injury as a bump in the road that would not knock him out of the fight. “Giving up was never an option for me,” James said. “Giving up would have given the terrorists the satisfaction of having put down one more American.”

Through its partnership with Operation Warfighter, a federal internship program for recovering service members, the CIA extended an offer of employment to James so he could continue serving his country as an intelligence officer. “I never thought I would be a CIA officer, and I’m very grateful to the Agency for the opportunities I’ve been afforded,” James said. “There’s definitely a lot of fight in me, and I’ll continue to do it until I can’t anymore.”

Fatima: Courage to Serve

For Fatima, a first-generation US citizen of Pakistani descent, the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 changed the trajectory of her life, inspiring bold action that set her path to the CIA in motion. “After the attacks, I realized how little I really understood about my culture,” Fatima said. “I wanted to be able to answer the questions I was often asked and help negate some of the assumptions people make about the Muslim faith.”

After completing her graduate degree in international affairs, she served in local and then federal law enforcement. Eventually, Fatima’s desire to have a more direct role in US counterterrorism efforts led her to the CIA. She joined the Agency as a counterterrorism analyst. “I wanted to be at the forefront of the counterterrorism mission to help preempt another attack against the US,” Fatima said. “As the only Pakistani and Urdu-speaking member of my team, I am able to add cultural, linguistic and historical context when things are ambiguous, which really enables me and my colleagues to make a greater impact on the mission.”

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Posted: Feb 12, 2019 03:28 PM
Last Updated: Feb 12, 2019 03:28 PM

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