Recruiting, developing, and retaining a diverse and inclusive workforce is essential to our mission of enhancing innovation. Through a diversity of people, disciplines and ideas, we find the best solutions.
NIST celebrates diversity and inclusion by supporting a variety of affinity groups, heritage events and cultural education opportunities.
Sesha Joi Moon is NIST's first director of diversity, equity and inclusion. She is a recognized diversity, equity and inclusion expert whose work is rooted in the philosophical stance that “Diversity is delegating differences. Inclusion is celebrating differences. But equity is elevating differences.” Read her full bio.
NIST STAFF voluntarily participate in a number of organizations dedicated to celebrating cultural backgrounds and other professional or personal affiliations. These groups include:
Postdoctoral and Early-career Association of Researchers (PEAR). Contact pear [at] nist.gov (PEAR).
Toastmasters Club. Learn more.
For the entire list of staff groups, please aimee.generoso-nguyen [at] nist.gov (contact Aimee Generoso-Nguyen).
NIST engages with a number of professional societies, including the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemist and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE), Advancing Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), Grace Hopper Celebration, Society of Black Physicists, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, National Society for Black Engineers and American Indian Science and Engineering Society. Our engagement takes a variety of forms, including attending and recruiting at conferences and various levels of staff staff participation with these organizations.
NIST's Steering Group for Equity in Career Advancement, the Civil Rights and Diversity Office and the Leadership Development program offer a variety of training sessions, seminars and other opportunities for staff that foster diversity, inclusion and equity across NIST.
From NIST's EEO Policy: "NIST continually strives to establish and maintain a workforce that reflects America’s diverse populace and promotes an environment that respects and values individual differences. NIST recognizes that the ability to recruit, develop, and retain a highly skilled and diverse workforce is key to the Institute’s continued success." Read the full policy.
For more information about NIST's diversity, inclusion and equity efforts , visit the Civil Rights and Diversity Office.