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Office of the Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer (OCDIO)

The Office of the Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer (OCDIO) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is dedicated to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) across the Department's multifaceted landscape. Tasked with overseeing the implementation of USDA's inaugural DEIA Strategic Plan, the OCDIO, under the leadership of the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, serves as the driving force behind cultivating an environment of belonging and support within the USDA. Through interagency collaboration, the OCDIO champions DEIA advancement across the Department, nurturing a high-performing and innovative workforce that is reflective of the diverse fabric of the nation.

DEIA Mission

Intentionally build and advance a culture of belonging that empowers a diverse mix of people across USDA to fulfill the USDA mission.

DEIA Vision

To become a model employer and service provider that nurtures and sustains a workplace where DEIA is foundational and guides informed decision-marking in all programs and career opportunities.

USDA Core Values

Core values serve as guiding principles, defining appropriate behaviors, expectations for all employees, and directing decision making throughout all levels of the organization. These USDA core values are foundational to the success of the Department and the DEIA Strategic Plan, given they lay a solid foundation for the culture of USDA and how we will honor our DEIA goals and associated actions. As USDA moves forward with this DEIA Strategic Plan, it is incumbent upon every member of the USDA community to uphold the USDA core values.

  • Respect and Dignity: We treat all people with courtesy and respect, and we value the inherent dignity of every individual.
  • Equity and Inclusion: We seek to end discrimination in all forms, wherever it exists, and expand services and opportunities to underserved people and communities across America, starting with our workforce.
  • Trust and Integrity: We act in a manner that is deserving of the public’s trust and with the utmost integrity in everything we do as public servants.
  • Service and Results: We listen to our internal and external customers and actively incorporate their ideas on how to best reach our diverse customers and deliver service that significantly and positively impacts the lives of all Americans and customers around the globe.
  • Science Leadership: We base our decisions and policy on science and data that are reliable, timely, relevant, and free from political interference.