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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

NIST understands that a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is essential to our mission.  In support of this commitment, NIST recently appointed its first Chief Diversity Officer as a first step in establishing an Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

headshot of Sesha Moon
Credit: Department of Commerce

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.

Executive Order 14035 on diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility

On June 25, 2021, Executive Order 14035 on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in the Federal Workforce was issued, which builds upon Executive Order 13985 on Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities, both of which support NIST’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 


Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion