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Mission & Vision


The Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management (OEODM), a staff office in the Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health, is responsible for policy formulation, implementation, coordination, and management of the civil rights, equal opportunity, affirmative employment, and workforce diversity management programs of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

In this role, the OEODM serves as the NIH-wide focal point for:

  • Developing Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Diversity Management policies and programs for the NIH.
  • Providing leadership and guidance to the Institutes and Centers (ICs) on EEO and Diversity Management.
  • Assisting in assuring that all NIH policies, programs, functions, and activities are in compliance with Federal EEO statutes, laws, and regulations.
  • Developing and managing EEO, affirmative employment, and workforce diversity management programs.
  • Fostering an environment that respects the diversity of the entire workforce and provides opportunities for employees to contribute to fulfilling the NIH mission.
  • Improving the outreach, recruitment, and retention of minorities, women, and persons with disabilities.


Our vision is to protect the integrity of the Equal Employment Opportunity process and to make diversity a priority at the National Institutes of Health.

The OEODM vision statement clearly articulates its commitment to equal employment opportunity and diversity management in all aspects of employment at the NIH. Realizing this vision will result in an NIH that reflects the faces of the people we serve.