NSA is committed to creating a workforce that has a diverse set of backgrounds, experiences and points of view. To provide and protect national security, we must capitalize on the rich diversity of knowledge, skills, abilities, backgrounds and perspectives of our workforce. National security and diversity go hand-in-hand as essential partners in the interest of global peace.
At NSA, diversity is about more than differences in skin color, culture, orientation, gender or gender identity. It’s about cultivating an environment where talented individuals of all backgrounds can contribute to something bigger than themselves – our national security. NSA fosters this environment through an array of policies, procedures, training and initiatives, including:
To ensure that NSA continues to recruit, hire and develop a diverse workforce, we have designed a number of special emphasis programs that celebrate who we are. These programs consist of training events, speakers, demonstrations, special menu items in our cafeterias, displays, panel discussions and much more.
Employee resource groups at NSA are designed to advocate who we are, as well as educate the NSA employee population through group-sponsored training events, presentations, demonstrations, displays, panel discussions and more.
Current groups include:
- AA (African American)
- AAPI (Asian-American/Pacific Islander)
- AIAN (American Indian/Alaska Native)
- AV (American Veteran)
- ESL (English as a Second Language)
- HLAT (Hispanic/Latino)
- IC (Islamic Culture)
- NG (Next Gen)
- PRIDE (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Allies)
- PWD (People with Disabilities)
- W (Women)
NSA strives to provide a productive work environment for all employees, including those with special needs. Our Disability Affairs Office supports NSA employees by providing the following assistive technologies:
- Alternative human computer interface
- Voice/speech recognition system
- Eye-tracking systems
- Products for deaf and hard-of-hearing
- Assisted listening devices
- Closed Captioning devices
- Products for blind and low-vision
- Text/image magnifiers
- Power Braille 80
- Screen reader software
- Talking speech-to-text technology
Sometimes it may be necessary for NSA to make a reasonable accommodation in either the duties of the job, or where and how the job tasks are performed. Examples of workplace reasonable accommodation are:
- Providing ASL interpreters, WorkPlace Care attendant/services
- Providing flexible work schedules or work sites
- Obtaining accessible technology or other workplace adaptive equipment
To learn more about diversity at NSA, visit the diversity section of www.nsa.gov.