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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. Organizational. Functional level/Classification. Diversity Wheel. External. Traditionalist pre-1946. Family/ Parental Status.
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Brenda R. Manuel
Associate Administrator for Diversity
and Equal Opportunity
August 15, 2011
Work Content/ Field
1946 - 1964
1981 - 1999
1965 - 1980
Work experience & style
Source: Internal & external dimensions adapted from Marilyn Loden & Judy Rosener, Workforce America 1991
1950s – 1960s: Mainframe Computers
90s – 2000s:
Tablet/Smart-phone/ Mobile devices – Wireless and software free
Cloud Computing –
all data and applications stored remotely
70s and 80s:
2000s-: The Business Case: Redefining Diversity and Inclusion
1990s: Diversity Management
1970s: Affirmative Employment for EEO Groups
1960s: Civil Rights Enforcement
isthe similarities and differences in the individual and organizational characteristics that shape our workplace.
NASA Mobile Devices
Asian/Pacific Is.: 6%
Native American: 1%
70’s +: 1%
Professional Administration: 29%
Includes 99% of IT
Scientists and Engineers: 62%
isthe 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.
The research literature on Diversity and Inclusion identifies factors that contribute to a competitive advantage.
Better technical solutions and problem solving,
Stronger critical analysis,
Greater innovation and creativity,
Deeper understanding of and greater effectiveness in organizational communication patterns,
Higher levels of employee engagement, and
Cultural shift toward valuing fairness and respect for individual contributions,
D&I impact on profit is key in the private sector
Agency Diversity &
as Diversity Champion
Your IT Leadership is a key partner in this effort.
Employee Engagement and Effective Communication
D&I Education and Awareness
Commitment to Community Partnerships