Aeronautical Center’s DEIA Council Soliciting Input for Workforce Improvement
Vol.8 Issue 6
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In an effort to fully realize the abilities and contributions of all employees, the Aeronautical Center is excited to introduce the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) Council. The vision of this Council is to foster a better work-environment. The concept of the DEIA Council is such that "The Aeronautical Center provides and promotes an inclusive work environment, where all employees have equal access to job information, and developmental/career opportunities - thereby attracting, developing, and retaining a workforce rich in diverse people, talent, and ideas that are essential to our success and sustainability of the Aeronautical Center as a great workplace."

The Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center (MMAC) DEIA Council is chartered to have equal representation from management and employees. The management corps is represented by the various Lines of Business/Organizations on the Center. Employees represent members of various employee organizations including: the National Asian Pacific American Association (NAPA), FAA Pride, the National Black Coalition of Federal Employees (NBCFAE), the National Coalition of Federal Employees with Disabilities (NCFAED), the National Hispanic Coalition of Federal Aviation Employees (NHCFAE), the Native American Alaskan Native Coalition for Federal Aviation Employees (NAAN), Technical Women’s Organization (TWO), and the MMAC Veterans Association.

Formed in May of 2022, the MMAC’s DEIA Council has been busy providing a foundation for the future of MMAC. The Council brainstormed specific focus areas and distilled those ideas into four sub-teams, as follows:

  • Diversity in the Workplace
  • Employee Development
  • Diversity in Management and Leadership
  • Succession Planning

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These teams are finalizing their prospective mission statements and will focus on activities to overcome any barriers that arise. These activities will be categorized as short-term (six months), mid-term (one to three years), and long-term (three years or more). Future updates will deal with the perceived barriers and the direction that the Council will move in order to overcome those barriers.

The Council needs your help. As members begin to initiate activities, they need ideas relative to engagement, supportive collaboration and feedback. With the input from fellow employees, the Council is confident that it will be successful in accomplishing its vision. Please feel free to let the Council know if you have any ideas or concerns as they work to improve DEIA issues across the Center.

Additionally, the Council is seeking two volunteers to serve as Employee-at-Large Representatives on the Council. As a volunteer representative, you must be able to attend monthly DEIA Council meetings, and you must have approval from your manager. If you have an interest in volunteering or have any questions regarding the expectations of serving on the Council, please contact either the Council Chairperson or Co-Chairperson. If more than two volunteers are received, there will be a random selection process via a drawing.

The Council is Chaired by Dave Guy (AFS-420), Co-Chaired by Joseph Smith (AFB-140), and Secretary Susan Forney (AAM-312). Please reach out to any of these officers with any questions or concerns.

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