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Diversity Initiatives

Diversity Education Series
This program is sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Economic Opportunity and the Washington chapter of the Chairman’s Advisory Council in connection with nationally recognized observances. Some of these include National Black Heritage, Asian-Pacific American Heritage, Martin Luther King, Women's History, Hispanic Heritage, Disability Employment Awareness, Indian Heritage and Veteran's Day. The programs are designed to informally educate FDIC employees about a wide range of diversity-related issues.

Chairman's Diversity Advisory Councils
The mission of the Chairman's Diversity Advisory Council (CDAC) is to promote and support an inclusive, diverse environment that provides all employees the opportunity to work to their full potential. Through education, the Council shall strive to break down barriers and increase awareness of the differences and strengths of all employees. The council shall also be a means through which employees may communicate to management diversity concerns and issues. In addition, the Council provides input to the Director of ODEO on any recommendations for changes in Corporation policies and procedures that foster the diversity objectives.

Diversity Dialogue Groups

What are DDGs?
Diversity Dialogue Groups (DDGs) are comprised of managers/supervisors and employees who will openly discuss a wide array of workplace diversity topics.

The Purpose of the DDGs is to:
Enhance individual awareness and understanding of workforce diversity; and Promote individual learning and change that supports a diverse Corporation. The groups will practice complete confidentiality as they share individual and group perspectives to increase personal awareness. Supervisors and their direct reports can not be members of the same DDG.

DDG Objectives are to:
Increase understanding of different perspectives; Develop self-awareness with respect to personal biases and assumptions; Model behaviors that promote mutual respect for divergent perspectives; and Effectively contribute to the workload accomplishments of a multicultural workplace.

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Mentoring Program

What is Mentoring?
Mentoring is defined as an active and sincere effort designed to develop the full potential of an individual through the sharing of knowledge, skills and organizational insight.

FDIC Mentoring Program Goals
  • Enhance Job Skills
  • Empower Employees
  • Promote Good Corporate Citizenship
What is a Mentor?
The teacher, coach, guide, and communicator.

What is a Mentoree?
The driver, learner, evaluator, and communicator.

What is the Mentoring Relationship?
A partnership for the future!

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Questions, Comments, and Responses System
The QCR (Questions, Comments, and Responses) System enables all employees, regardless of job position or geographic location to submit confidential questions and comments to the Corporation. Some of the topics that are open for discussion are:

  • Questions or comments about specific provisions in the Diversity Strategic Plan
  • Diversity vs. Affirmative Employment - Questions or comments about the difference between the Corporation's Affirmative Employment Plan and the Diversity Strategic Plan
  • Sexual Orientation - Questions or comments relating to the Corporation's policies regarding gay, lesbian, and transgender employees
  • Personnel Issues - Questions or comments relating to hiring, promotion, and other personnel policies addressed in the Diversity Strategic Plan
  • CDACs - Questions or comments about the Chairman's Diversity Advisory Committees
  • Training and Career Development - Questions or comments regarding training and career development policies addressed in the Diversity Strategic Plan
  • Resources - Questions or comments about the Diversity library, the Diversity Web Site, other online information regarding Diversity, or any materials provided to employees regarding the FDIC's Diversity Strategic Plan
  • General - Other diversity-related comments and questions

Questions will be researched and responses will be posted along with the original question. Comments not requiring responses are posted for others to view. Anyone in the Corporation can view all of the posted questions, responses, or comments and everything is strictly confidential.
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Affinity Groups
Employee Affinity Groups as defined in Circular 2710.10 is an organization, other than a labor union, which is open to and comprised entirely of current FDIC employees who share an interest in a particular diversity concern. The affinity policy provides clear, easy-to-follow guidance on setting up an affinity group. Group members are asked to present a proposal of what they want to do, their business reasons for establishing the group, and their bylaws and other guidance.

Last Updated 10/21/2008 ODEO@fdic.gov

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