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NRAO Diversity

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NRAO's Diverse Workforce Images
NRAO's Diverse Workforce Images
NRAO's Diverse Workforce Images
NRAO's Diverse Workforce Images
NRAO's Diverse Workforce Images
NRAO's Diverse Workforce Images
NRAO's Diverse Workforce Images
NRAO's Diverse Workforce Images
NRAO's Diverse Workforce Images
NRAO's Diverse Workforce Images
NRAO's Diverse Workforce Images
NRAO's Diverse Workforce Images
NRAO's Diverse Workforce Images
NRAO's Diverse Workforce Images

Diversity is . . .

Acceptance & Respect

The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It means understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizes our individual differences. These can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies. It is the exploration of these differences in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment. It is about understanding each other and moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual. From a practical view, diversity is the synthesis of many human resource-related laws and best practices. From a personal view, diversity is how we appear and behave towards the people we work with or those who seek our service.


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NRAO Diversity Strategic Vision

To enable diversity to thrive in all areas of the Observatory in a seamless manner, wherein diversity becomes a natural part of the way we think about work, in the decisions we make, and in our behavior towards others.

NRAO Diversity Policy Statement

Our employees, essential to our success, are to be valued, treated with respect, and have opportunities to work in an inclusive, multi-cultural and gender diverse environment.

NRAO staff and management are responsible and accountable for achieving the above goals.

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Director's Message

The NRAO is fully committed to creating a culture and environment that is rich in diversity. The NRAO seeks to have diversity thrive in all aspects of its operations, from senior management to site operations, so that its objectives, values, and benefits are readily and continually a part of every NRAO staff member's thinking, decisions, and behaviors. We intend to effectively attract, employ, nurture, and retain a diverse workforce that will serve as a role model to other research facilities. In addition, we intend to expand our broader impact initiatives throughout our science community.

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ODI Contacts

Office of Diversity Initiatives
(434) 296-0308


520 Edgemont Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903-2475