USCG Diversity and Inclusion Education and Awareness Program
Consistent with the Commandant’s Guiding Principles and the recently signed 2019 – 2023 USCG Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan, CG-127 is implementing the Diversity and Inclusion Education and Awareness Program (DIEAP). This program will develop Change Agents who will provide D&I training, coaching, and support to unit leaders and LDACs and most critically, coaching Commanding Officers and Officers in Charge through difficult workplace climate concerns. DIEAP Change Agents will also be equipped with knowledge and skills to build common ground for meaningful dialogue about civility, equity, diversity, inclusion and cross-cultural relationship building.
The DIEAP is a six month, three level development process, including:
- Level 1 - D&I Advocate: Advocates will facilitate change by modeling appropriate D&I behaviors in “Leading Self”, initiating dialogue about mutual respect, humanity, civility, and D&I; and facilitating open conversations to increase awareness of the benefits of a diverse workforce.
- Level 2 - D&I Coach: Coaches will model appropriate behaviors in “Leading Others” by effectively using coaching techniques to establish relationships with key stakeholders in the organization and helping shift to a culture of inclusion, empowerment and belongingness; and providing support to workforce members to foster self-awareness and conflict resolution.
- Level 3 - D&I Facilitator: Facilitators will model appropriate behaviors in “Leading the Organization” by assessing D&I training needs, consulting with leadership and managers and presenting relevant content to ensure foundational knowledge of D&I terminology, concepts, measurement and application throughout the workforce by scheduling, preparing, and effectively delivering D&I training modules.
DIEAP Change Agents will act in support of the Coast Guard’s mission to develop an organizational culture that values respect, diversity, equity and inclusion. The Change Agent will be expected to brief on diversity and inclusion issues; facilitate training; provide D&I coaching; and collaborate with LDAC members, unit leaders, and others in the D&I Change Agent community. Each Change Agent shall adhere to the guidelines stated in the following “Change Agents Roles and Responsibilities” requirements.
Change Agents Roles and Responsibilities
A. Commit to completing the six month practicum which includes:
- Six bi-weekly virtual labs (one hour each delivered over three months)
- 16 peer coaching hour
- Six mentor coaching hours
- One 500 word essay reflecting on the diversity coach learning journey and personal plan to use newly acquired skills
- Completion of facilitation benchmarks (facilitate at least one, two hour course per month over three months to a minimum of eight people)
- Three virtual labs (90 minutes each delivered over three months)
B. Upon completion of the 6 month Diversity and Inclusion Education and Awareness Program, D&I Change Agents will receive a Certificate of Readiness and will be required to:
- Conduct a minimum of one 2-hr training session per quarter
- Conduct a of three coaching sessions per quarter
- Facilitate a minimum of two one-on-one meetings with CO/OINC and LDACs per quarter
- Lead a minimum of three meaningful dialogues (i.e., brown-bags, staff meetings, inclusion cafes, all hands, etc.) per quarter
- Attend monthly Cohort meeting with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion
- Submit Quarterly Activity reports to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (CG-127) and to Area POC (PAC/LANT/DCMS/DCO)
- Actively participate in the Cohort Community of Practice
For more information regarding the D&I Education and Awareness Program and/or to review the D&I Change Agents’ roles and responsibilities, go to the Portal: https://cg.portal.uscg.mil/units/cg1/CG1.HQ/CG-12B/DIEAP/default.aspx (CAC required) or reach out to the Program Manager: HQS-SMB-CG-127-DIEAP@uscg.mil
Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan