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NASA Diversity and Inclusion Framework: The Role of IT Brenda R. Manuel Associate Administrator for Diversity and Equal Opportunity August 15, 2011.

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1 NASA Diversity and Inclusion Framework: The Role of IT Brenda R. Manuel Associate Administrator for Diversity and Equal Opportunity August 15, 2011

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3 Personality Internal Race Age Gender Ethnicity Physical & Mental Ability Sexual Orientation Appearance External Work experience & style Educational Background Religion Recreational Habits Language/ Accent Relationship/ Marital Status Income Geographic Location Family/ Parental Status Organizational Functional level/Classification Work Content/ Field Management Status Union Affiliation Work Location Seniority Division/ Department Unit/Group Diversity Wheel Source: Internal & external dimensions adapted from Marilyn Loden & Judy Rosener, Workforce America 1991 Military

4 Progression of Diversity vs. Progression of IT Development/Evolution 1960s: Civil Rights Enforcement 1970s: Affirmative Employment for EEO Groups 1980s: Multi- Culturalism 1990s: Diversity Management 2000s-: The Business Case: Redefining Diversity and Inclusion 1950s – 1960s: Mainframe Computers 70s and 80s: The wired PC 90s – 2000s: The Wireless PC Tablet/ Smart- phone/ Mobile devices – Wireless and software free Cloud Computing – all data and applications stored remotely

5 How NASA Defines Diversity: Diversityis the similarities and differences in the individual and organizational characteristics that shape our workplace.

6 NASA Tech Diversity NASA Mobile Devices

7 Geographical Diversity (Location of NASA Centers) 10% 18% 39% 35%

8 NASA Workforce Diversity Men: 65% Women: 35% 20’s: 8% 30’s: 14% 40’s: 33% 50’s: 34% 60’s: 10% 70’s +: 1% Age Gender White: 74% Black: 12% Hispanic: 6% Asian/Pacific Is.: 6% Native American: 1% Multiracial: 1% Race

9 Diversity of the IT Community: Demographics Women: 46% Men: 54% Race: Age:

10 Scientists and Engineers: 62% Professional Administration: 29% Clerical: 4% Technicians: 6% Includes 99% of IT NASA Occupational Diversity

11 How NASA Defines Inclusion: is the means by which we optimize the benefits to mission inherent in our diversity, for example, the policies, procedures, and practices that an organization puts in place to create more inclusive work environments. Inclusion

12 The Business Case: Why are Diversity and Inclusion beneficial to NASA? The research literature on Diversity and Inclusion identifies factors that contribute to a competitive advantage. 1.Better technical solutions and problem solving, 2.Stronger critical analysis, 3.Greater innovation and creativity, 4.Deeper understanding of and greater effectiveness in organizational communication patterns, 5.Higher levels of employee engagement, and 6.Cultural shift toward valuing fairness and respect for individual contributions,

13 The Business Case: Innovation in Problem Solving Ability to fully leverage innovation and creativity

14 The Business Case D&I impact on profit is key in the private sector

15 Diversity & Inclusion Foundation at NASA

16 The Business Case: Recent NASA D&I Survey Responses Understanding Diversity and Its Benefits

17 The Role of the IT Community: The Framework Principles Demonstrated Leadership Commitment Your IT Leadership is a key partner in this effort.

18 The Role of the IT Community: The Framework Principles Employee Engagement and Effective Communication Establish an Agency-wide system for communicating information to employees to effectively disseminate critical information Utilization of traditional as well as innovative media.

19 D&I Survey Responses: Low Awareness of Diversity and Inclusion Awareness of NASA policies and initiatives to promote diversity and inclusion

20 The Role of the IT Community: The Framework Principles D&I Education and Awareness Establish a suite of managerial and employee training and development tools, particularly informal education and awareness utilizing innovative media.

21 The Role of the IT Community: The Framework Principles Commitment to Community Partnerships Assist in the creation of a high-tech clearinghouse for resources, best practices and sharing of ideas that link the Agency’s many outreach programs.

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