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Coast Guard Diversity Champion

LCDR Marcus Canady


Congratulations to LCDR Marcus Canady, our Diversity Champion!  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.

LCDR Marcus Canady reported to the Office of Financial Analysis at Coast Guard Headquarters in 2012.  LCDR Canady is an active member of the National Naval Officer Association (NNOA) at both the national and local levels.  While stationed at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC, LCDR Canady played a lead role in re-establishing the NNOA "Brown Bag Leadership and Development Series."

These leadership events have provided active duty officers and members of the civilian workforce impactful personal and professional development.  He coordinated the finest speakers and panel guests that the Coast Guard had to offer including, the Commandant of the Coast Guard, Deputy Commandant for Mission Support, former Director of the Executive Residence and White House Chief Usher, Director of the Civil Rights Directorate, Chief of Officer Personnel Management Division, and four high ranking Commanding Officers.  He facilitated presentation of topics involving the most challenging leadership and diversity issues, including career pitfalls, dealing with difficult situations, crafting a quality OER, and civilian mentorship.

However, LCDR Canady’s outreach extended far beyond his contributions with the NNOA. Since 2006, he worked diligently with the Coast Guard Academy to develop and implement innovative minority outreach programs designed to reach, recruit, and retain underrepresented minorities from across the country.  LCDR Canady became the active duty champion for the Academy Minority Outreach Team (AMOT), a group of more than 25 active duty Coast Guard Academy graduates across the country who work in coordination with Academy Admissions Staff as a force multiplier to provide Academy presentations at numerous local high schools.

LCDR Canady gave presentations to schools and conferences including the Friendship Collegiate Academy Science Technology and Engineering Math Fair, and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) summer camp.  On 8 March 2014, LCDR Canady volunteered as an Academy admissions representative at the Bowie State University Black College Expo.  He spoke to over 100 high school students regarding opportunities that the Coast Guard Academy and Coast Guard overall could provide.  Because of his tireless dedication and leadership, more than 50 students earned their appointments to the USCGA or USCGA preparatory scholars programs.

LCDR Marcus Canady's leadership, mentorship, and devotion to duty are exemplary and serve as a great example of the positive impact one can have on a unit.  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.

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