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Advancing Diversity and Inclusion at CIA


Diversity and inclusion is not only important to the workforce at CIA, it’s essential to our mission of keeping America safe. Diverse perspectives enable us to understand our world and address national security challenges. In order to leverage diversity in thought, background, and experience, we must continue to embrace and prioritize an inclusive culture at CIA.

Today, we are renewing our commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion at the Agency. This updated CIA Diversity and Inclusion Strategy builds upon the foundational work of the Director’s Advisory Group on Women in Leadership and the Diversity in Leadership Study.

This strategy focuses on 4 key goals for 2020-2023:

  1. Weaving Diversity and Inclusion Throughout the Talent Cycle: Employees and managers benefit greatly from a diverse and inclusive workplace, and so do the American people. The Agency’s ability to safeguard the nation requires a deep-seated appreciation for the wide range of talents, experiences, and perspective each Agency officer can bring to the proverbial table. Diversity and inclusion is woven into the cultural fabric of the American standard and should equally be woven into CIA’s culture through enhanced personnel practices and reviews.
  2. Becoming an Employer of Choice: Not only is diversity and inclusion culturally enriching to the Agency workforce, it is also a key part of the Agency’s long-term recruitment and retention strategy. Improving applicant impressions will require enhancements to the application process and experience, and a strong, steadfast commitment to improve collaboration, fairness, and inclusive workplace behaviors at all levels.
  3. Increasing Diversity of Leadership: Agency leaders are held to a higher standard, and are expected to serve as role models for fostering an inclusive workplace and show how diversity is impacting mission in a positive way. Through mentorship programs, targeted diversity and inclusion training, and greater leadership accountability, the Agency will continue to capitalize on past successes and further equip leaders, managers, and supervisors to develop the next generation of leaders.
  4. Creating a Culture of Inclusion: When employees feel they are heard, respected, valued, appreciated, and given a voice, everybody wins. Cultivating an inclusive culture that encourages collaboration, flexibility, and fairness enables all officers to contribute to the CIA’s mission to their utmost potential.

“Each of us has a responsibility to promote an inclusive workplace that upholds our values as Americans, allows all officers to reach their full potential, and enables us to advance our mission,” CIA Director Gina Haspel said when announcing the newly updated strategy to the workforce. “Working together, I know we will continue to build a more inclusive culture, and I am confident in the Agency’s ability to become the Employer of Choice for all.”


Posted: Mar 06, 2020 10:16 AM
Last Updated: Mar 06, 2020 10:16 AM