NIH’s EEO and anti-discrimination office has changed both its name and its web presence recently. The new Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) replaces what had been known as the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management. Debra Chew, who directs EDI, launched the change with a concept she calls “EDI 365.”
“EDI 365 is about each and every leader at the NIH thinking about how their contributions impact the success in diversity and inclusion each and every day of the year,” she said. “It is not just something we do during Black History Month or Women’s History Month, but something that we have to operationalize as a part of our overall leadership strategy and our business model.”
Over the past 2 years, the office gathered feedback from the NIH community to strengthen NIH’s diversity and inclusion efforts. After numerous listening sessions, consultations with senior leadership and solicitations for input from employees, “we reorganized our services and rebranded our image to align with customer needs,” Chew said. “We understood early on that EDI needed to reconnect with our customers and position the right services in front of them, in an accessible way, to enhance the work they do, every single day of the year.”
“We’re not only going to plan for the commemorative months,” said Kendrick Gibbs, director of guidance, education and marketing at EDI. “We’re also really focusing on what we can do every single day to change mindsets, change culture and to assist [NIH] programs.”
The goal is for each employee to feel connected to the agency. EDI’s new mission statement is: We cultivate a culture of inclusion where diverse talent is leveraged to advance health discovery. Its new vision statement is: Making NIH the premier place for diverse talent to work and discover.
To learn about innovations at EDI, visit http://edi.nih.gov/.