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Coast Guard Diversity Champions



Congratulations to the FAPAC Team, our Diversity Champions!  The Diversity Champion distinction is bestowed upon individuals or units who have made significant contributions in support of the Commandant's Diversity Strategic Plan and OPTASK Diversity.

The Diversity Outreach Team for the 2014 Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) Conference performed their duties in an exemplary manner on 5-8 May 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Outreach is defined as building greater Coast Guard awareness and support, especially in geographic areas and within organizations whose demographics will meet the needs of the service.  The FAPAC Outreach Team successfully helped the USCG sustain our relationships with Asian Pacific American organizations in support of the Commandant’s diversity initiatives.  We had a noticeable presence and successfully accomplished goal three of the Diversity Strategic Plan by expanding outreach to under-represented communities.

The civilian (Ms. Libby) and military (PO2 Reynolds) recruiters were phenomenal; they promoted Coast Guard career opportunities to over 800 attendees.  USCG Seminars received outstanding reviews and the panelists were stellar.  Moreover, the USCG had maximum participation at the FAPAC-DOD Military Awards Ceremony.  RDML Vojvodich was the Executive Champion and rendered an outstanding keynote, LCDR Samonte conducted the tribute to the fallen and read the award citations, and Ms. Donna Walker-Ross served as the Mistress of Ceremonies.

Kudos for excellence in teamwork goes to members pictured above: PO2 Brett Reynolds, LCDR Dominique Samonte RDML Joseph Vojvodich, Ms. Melanee Libby, and LCDR Frances Fazio. This type of teamwork supports our quest to make the Coast Guard the premiere service of choice.

The FAPAC Team's leadership, mentorship, and devotion to duty are exemplary and serve as a great example of the positive impact a unit can have on their unit and the community.  As a direct result of your efforts and outreach, the Coast Guard is making strides toward achieving the vision set out in the Diversity Strategic Plan.  Thank you for your work in championing diversity!

Nominate Someone for Diversity Champion

Do you know someone who has a positive impact on the workplace climate of your unit?  Email a Diversity Champion nomination to SCPO Mary Cunningham.  Each nomination should be 1-3 paragraphs in length, and should describe the nominee's actions in support of the Commandant's Diversity Strategic Plan (DSP).  Nominations should also include the member's name, rank, unit, and picture.

Actions that support the DSP include, but are not limited to, mentoring junior members; conducting local outreach; positively representing the Coast Guard in underrepresented and/or minority communities; and improving the workplace climate for all members.  All Coast Guard employees may be nominated, including Active Duty, Reserve, Civilian, and Auxiliary members.  Pictures of the member's unit will be used in the event a nomination is received without a picture.

Diversity Champions of 2011

Diversity Champions of 2012

Diversity Champions of 2013

Diversity Champions of 2014


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