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The Whiteman AFB Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Working Group strives to address, explore, educate, learn about, and respond to the diversity of our total force and surrounding community. Our values drive our DEI agenda, making clear the requirement for our community’s culture to be accepting and knowledgeable of different perspectives and personal backgrounds.
We strive to enable, empower, and encourage our community to understand diverse viewpoints and backgrounds by teaching awareness, critical thinking, empathy, and a deeper appreciation of others and ensuring an environment free of discrimination, exclusion, and marginalization. We strive create an inclusive, equitable, culturally competent, and supportive environment where Whiteman AFB service members, contractors, civilians, and family members alike model behavior that enriches our community.
1. Vision: Improve diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity for our Total Force through discussion, awareness, mentoring programs, and community support actions. Promote an open-minded and all-inclusive community that epitomize and magnify unison and equity where people are respected.
2. Strategic Plan: To provide a framework to value and support a diverse, equitable, and inclusive Total Force and an unbiased community by bringing together people from varied backgrounds and offering each person the opportunity to contribute their knowledge, skills, experience and perspectives, regardless of gender, country of origin, age, race, religion, sexual orientation, physical abilities, or social status, for the greater good of the community.
3. Purpose: To reinforce a culture of inclusivity and foster equity. The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Working Group intends to guide and hold the installation accountable in the fusion of diversity, equity, and inclusion into all aspects of the professional and personal lives of the member of our base community. Our purpose is to ensure a united and effective workforce and community.
4. Commitments and Principles:
a) Communicate the message of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion through our social media channels, key spouse representative(s), Base organizational representatives (i.e. Chiefs Group, First Sergeants, 5/6 etc.), at all installation events, through our Personal Development Workshops, and Mentoring sessions.
b) Establish qualitative and quantitative objectives to analyze the impact of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion actions taken and monitor progress.
c) Be proactive and provide learning tools for the base community to sensitize and develop more inclusive behaviors. Put in place, as applicable, actions to raise awareness about conscious and unconscious bias that adversely affect inclusion in the workplace and in the base community at every hierarchal level, and support initiatives committed to the development of diver
There is no other country in the world so widely diverse, yet so deeply committed to being unified as the United States of America. The challenges we face today are far too serious, and the implications of failure far too great, for our Air Force to do less than fully and inclusively leverage our nation’s greatest strength—our remarkably diverse people. Across the force, diversity of background, experience, demographics, perspectives, thought and organization are essential to our ultimate success in an increasingly competitive and dynamic global environment. As airpower advocates, we must be culturally competent and operationally relevant to effectively accomplish our various missions.