Department of Defense Education Activity
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

DoDEA employees have always risen to the challenge and we have always endeavored to serve and provide every military-connected student -- regardless of differences-- with a sound education. But, we believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion exert a powerful influence on policies, practices and interactions in every aspect of DoDEA. Therefore, DoDEA has established the DEI division at HQ to ensure that students, families and employees have equitable access to opportunities, resources, and support.

We have also launched DEI Working groups at the HQ, region, and district levels to begin the important work of examining ourselves and our beliefs. We will look closely at our recruitment and retention, development and promotion, and our teaching and learning as we seek to eliminate barriers that may exist.

While our organization has historically strived to be a place of racial diversity and inclusivity, there is still work to do. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion must become embedded in everything we do, from curriculum and assessment to hiring and professional development. We must not simply celebrate diversity, equity, and inclusion, it must be actively pursued for all our students and employees. It must be a foundational premise in every aspect of our organization.

By educating, engaging, and empowering students to understand diversity, equity, and inclusion, we will lay the foundation for lasting change and progress. To begin important, and sometimes difficult conversations, we have assembled this body of resources on diversity, equity, and inclusion for parents and teachers to use with our military-connected students and families.

DoDEA Director's message to employees on Race, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

As educators and education support professionals, you make a lasting impact on students and have the opportunity to reinforce values and attitudes that support meaningful change in our schools and communities.

DoDEA Blueprint for Continuous Improvement

In April 2018, DoDEA rolled-out its 5-year strategic plan, the Blueprint for Continuous Improvement. The Blueprint serves as the foundation for all DoDEA’s plans and efforts. DoDEA will use the Blueprint as a basis to make improvements across the school system.

GOAL #1

Implement DEI Working Groups at HQ, Region and District levels by June 2022.

GOAL #2

Create meaningful, authentic and organic opportunities for the workforce to collaborate on DEI goals by June 2022.

GOAL #3

Build capacity of leaders for DEI by June 2022.

GOAL #4

Establish a draft DEI mission, vision and functions for DEI Division by January 2022.

Julienne DuBenion

Julienne DuBenion Instructional Systems Specialist, Pk-5 Mathematics

DEI Spotlight

I believe Equity is a verb, actionable, just, and with highest regard. As a part of the DoDEA DEI Team, my goal is to help educators nurture students’ superpowers. Every student has one. With open hearts and minds, we can help our military-connected students discover and access their highest potential. Imagine a world where every child is regarded as an asset and given opportunities to maximize their greatness. A focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion is the catalyst needed unleash students’ superpowers. I can see it clearly. And, I can’t wait to see the impact this work has on student excellence.

DEI Observances

Women's History Month

March is Women’s History Month – a time to honor the contributions of women in American history.

Women's Equality Day

DoDEA celebrates Women’s Equality Day and the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution which guarantees all American women the right to vote.

Students with Disabilities Awareness Month

March is Students with Disabilities Awareness Month! DoDEA is committed to empowering our super students by increasing awareness and promoting independence, integration, and inclusion of all students with disabilities.

National Native American Heritage Month

DoDEA joins the nation in recognizing Native Americans for their respect for natural resources and the Earth, having served with valor in our nation's conflicts and for their many distinct and important contributions to the United States.

National Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 - October 15

Hispanic Heritage observations began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and were expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period. The expansion was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Every October, we observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month to recognize the contributions, dedication and talents of Americans with disabilities who are a vital part of our workforce.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

The Department of Defense (DoD) will join the nation in celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, on Monday, January 17, 2022.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ+) Pride Month

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is a nationally recognized observance in the month of June. During this period, the LGBTQ community, its advocates, and allies celebrate by promoting diversity, inclusion, community, unity, and PRIDE.

Juneteenth

Juneteenth (a blending of the words June and nineteenth), also known as Freedom Day, is an American holiday and is the oldest known celebration of the end of slavery in the United States.

Holocaust Remembrance

DoDEA joins the world in honoring the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust—as well as the millions of non-Jewish victims of Nazi persecution. Holocaust Days of Remembrance week will be observed April 24 to May 1, 2022.

Black History Month

Black History Month celebrates the achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their immeasurable impact on the history of the United States.

Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month

The observance of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month is an occasion to remember the patriotism of AAPIs who have served, or are currently serving, in the DOD, our nation and, specifically, here at DoDEA.

DEI Resources

Learner Variability Project In the Field: A Guide for Culturally Responsive Teaching

A guide for educators to teach/plan for culturally responsive teaching

Executive Order 14035: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in the Federal Workforce

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in the Federal Workforce

Executive Order 14020: Establishment of the White House Gender Policy Council

Establishment of the White House Gender Policy Council

Executive Order 13988: Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

Executive Order 13985: Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government

Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government

DoD Instruction 1020.05 DoD Diversity and Inclusion Management Program

DoD Diversity and Inclusion Management Program provides information on general issuance information, responsibilities, D&I program structure, D&I program procedures, data collection and reporting requirements

Culturally Responsive Education Resources for Federal, State, and Local Stakeholders

Provides resources for using culturally responsive teaching competencies.