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DDCIA Haines Addresses Students at LGBT STEM Conference

“Many of the most extraordinary achievements across CIA’s nearly seven decades have been linked to science and technology,” said CIA Deputy Director Avril Haines to an audience of more than 400 students and professionals at the Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM) Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia in early November. Haines represented the CIA as part of the Agency’s outreach efforts to diverse communities nationwide to gain greater access to mission-critical talent.

Haines used the forum to raise awareness about CIA’s mission, the vital role that science and technology play in our work, and our commitment to diversity and inclusion. She encouraged students to press on in their field regardless of the barriers and challenges they face because STEM skills are in high demand.

Haines also highlighted the tremendous strides that CIA has made in reaching out to members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community across the country and in fostering an inclusive workforce, an initiative that was showcased this summer in interviews with seven LGBT Agency officers with the nation’s leading LGBT magazine, The Advocate. As one officer highlighted, “We are to the point…where there is simply no need to hide who you are, to be in the closet, to worry about what other people think about you, or what the potential career impact would be if you were an openly gay person.”

Prior to the keynote presentation, Haines along with representatives from the CIA’s Center for Mission Diversity and Inclusion (CMDI), the Agency Network of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Officers and Allies (ANGLE), and the Recruitment Center met with leaders from oSTEM and the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (NOGLSTP) to discuss opportunities for greater collaboration in the coming year.

CIA has had a relationship with oSTEM for several years and has served as a corporate sponsor for the annual conference during the past three years, including in 2012 when then-Director for Support Susan Gordon delivered a keynote presentation at the national conference in Chicago. CIA also led the Intelligence Careers conference track, which included sessions on STEM careers in Intelligence; Leveraging STEM for Innovation in Intelligence; and Allies in the STEM Workplace. oSTEM partnered with NOGLSTP for the first time this year to combine its annual conference with NOGLSTP’s Out to Innovate annual event.

Posted: Dec 05, 2014 02:21 PM
Last Updated: Dec 09, 2014 10:57 AM