Equity, Diversity & Inclusion: Foundational Cornerstones of Research & Science

Posted by Dr. Shefali Mehta, Deputy Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics inResearch and Science

Jan 20, 2022

Three scientists looking at a vial with USDA Science overlay

To guarantee the best influence of the analysis and statistical work performed within the Research, Education, and Economics (REE) mission space, fairness, variety and inclusion should be a core half of our USDA science businesses’ packages, operations and tradition.

Advancing fairness, each internally and externally, has been a significant focus of our businesses over the previous yr. In line with the Biden-Harris Administration’s priorities, REE created an Equity Action Plan outlining actions we intend to absorb 2022 to additional our progress in service to stakeholders and communities who’ve typically been ignored and underserved.

REE packages present vital info, information and analysis that influence numerous USDA packages and stakeholders throughout the nation. Our potential to totally replicate the general public curiosity ensures that we’re in a position to ship the very best analysis, science and information for the various stakeholders who depend on us.

As a mission space, REE’s dedication to fairness falls into 6 overarching, interwoven classes:

We will pursue these priorities and cascading actions with vigor and a dedication to the folks that depend on and belief our information and analysis. These actions construct on the progress made to this point and reply on to the priorities outlined in Executive Order 13985 Racial Equity and Support to Underserved Communities.

By additional embedding variety, fairness and inclusion immediately into our packages and our tradition, we concurrently strengthen our analysis, increase the attain and influence, broaden alternatives for our subsequent technology of scientists and leaders, and reinforce public belief in USDA’s premier analysis enterprise.

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