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First Steps Toward Improving DoD STEM Workforce Diversity

First Steps Toward Improving DoD STEM Workforce Diversity: Response to the 2012 Department of Defense STEM Diversity Summit

Nelson Lim
Abigail Haddad
Dwayne M. Butler
Kate Giglio
Copyright Date: 2013
Published by: RAND Corporation
Pages: 136
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    First Steps Toward Improving DoD STEM Workforce Diversity
    Book Description:

    In November 2012, Department of Defense (DoD) leaders held a two-day summit on improving diversity within the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce. This report supports the efforts of the DoD STEM Diversity Summit by examining current STEM demographics, surveying current DoD programs and initiatives to improve STEM diversity, and offering recommendations for DoD leaders to consider as they move forward with their efforts to diversify the STEM workforce.

    eISBN: 978-0-8330-8476-7
    Subjects: Management & Organizational Behavior, General Science, Technology

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-ii)
  2. Preface
    (pp. iii-iv)
  3. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  4. Figures
    (pp. vii-viii)
  5. Tables
    (pp. ix-x)
  6. Summary
    (pp. xi-xxii)
  7. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xxiii-xxiv)
  8. Abbreviations
    (pp. xxv-xxvi)
  9. CHAPTER ONE Introduction
    (pp. 1-6)

    On August 18, 2011, the President issued Executive Order 13583, “Establishing a Coordinated Government-Wide Initiative to Promote Diversity and Inclusion in the Federal Workforce.” The order focuses on changing how the government recruits, hires, trains, promotes, and retains its workforce in order to benefit from the talents of all parts of society. The Department of Defense (DoD) Research and Engineering Enterprise and the DoD Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity (ODMEO) have taken steps toward enacting the order by developing plans to increase the diversity of DoD’s science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce. However, creating and sustaining institutional...

  10. CHAPTER TWO Review of Policies and Strategies Aiming to Align DoD STEM and Diversity Goals with National Priorities
    (pp. 7-16)

    A STEM-capable workforce and workforce diversity are high-priority policy areas for DoD. There have been a number of initiatives, programs, and policies regarding both in the past decade, but it is in the past three years especially that STEM and diversity have been addressed in tandem.

    In this chapter, we briefly review two recent policies related to STEM and diversity, respectively. We also review the DoD diversity strategic plan, created in response to Executive Order 13583 and a recent version of DoD’s STEM strategic plan. The purpose of this review is to show the ways in which diversity and STEM...

  11. CHAPTER THREE Demographic Trends and the DoD STEM Workforce
    (pp. 17-30)

    DoD has made it a priority to make its workforce more representative of the country as a whole. At the Summit, the most-discussed aspect of national diversity was racial/ethnic differences. As we demonstrate in this chapter, the nation is changing demographically. Overall, the U.S. population is increasingly more Hispanic and less non-Hispanic white. Meanwhile, the makeup of the U.S. STEM workforce (from which DoD draws its STEM employees) is significantly more white and Asian than the overall working-age population. Given the significantly lower representation of Hispanics in the STEM workforce and among STEM college graduates, this demographic shift presents a...

  12. CHAPTER FOUR Current DoD STEM Initiatives
    (pp. 31-58)

    Over the course of the Summit, leaders from the Armed Forces presented descriptions of programs designed specifically to develop qualified STEM professionals from the U.S. population. In this chapter, we offer some initial observations and analysis drawn from the presentations and the information made available to us after the Summit. We do not include all programs discussed or presented at the Summit; for example, the programs developed or sponsored by Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) that were discussed are not represented, as we limit our focus to those programs for which DoD has primary responsibility. We summarize DoD component...

  13. CHAPTER FIVE Conclusions and Recommendations
    (pp. 59-74)

    The 2012 DoD STEM Diversity Summit was coordinated by ASD(R&E) and ODMEO to support recent national and DoD policies related to federal workforce diversity. Our attendance at the Summit allowed us to develop several key questions and answers that may assist DoD in achieving its goal to increase the diversity of its STEM workforce. As noted earlier, this report does not evaluate DoD diversity and inclusion goals, but instead offers guidance on how to achieve those goals based on examining relevant literature and data, conference sessions, and conversations with senior DoD leaders.

    Because of the state of research in this...

  14. APPENDIX A Summit Agenda
    (pp. 75-78)
  15. APPENDIX B Summit Notes
    (pp. 79-106)
  16. References
    (pp. 107-110)