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  • Air Force builds strong tribal relationships with time, compassion, willingness to learn

    Supporting Air Force installations with effective and robust tribal engagement, and respecting the tribes’ ancestral ties and sovereignty, is a critical goal for the Air Force Civil Engineer Center.

  • AFOQT: Breaking the Language Barrier

    The Department of the Air Force recently made changes to its qualifying test for officers. By reducing the mandatory delay between tests from 180 to 90 days and allowing for ‘super-scoring’ of test subcategories, much like college SAT and ACT scoring, DAF is making headway in modernizing its approach to accessions and human capital management.

  • October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

    This year’s theme is “America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion.”

  • Air Force Women’s Initiative Team champions women’s health care

    In the past year, the WIT’s Female-Specialized Health Care Programs have driven several policy changes. In February, hair standard policies were changed based on feedback received from Airmen who identified numerous health concerns around the bun.

  • Department of the Air Force releases reports on Racial Disparity Review update, second disparity review

    The Department of the Air Force released a progress update on the Inspector General Independent Racial Disparity Review and a second disparity review report Sept. 9.

  • Commentary: Equality in the force

    Women’s equality. It’s a challenge that has been around for years and continues to this day.  One hundred and one years ago, women had just gained the right to vote through the passing of the 19th Amendment, a right that had been guaranteed to others based on their gender.

  • Fostering inclusion to build a stronger force

    Lt. Gen. Anthony Cotton, Air Force Global Strike Command deputy commander, was recently confirmed by the Senate for a fourth star and will soon be the first black man to lead AFGSC. He said, “It’s Airmen who drive our ability to adapt, it’s Airmen whose know-how and determination allow us to conduct warfighting, and as we push towards a more lethal and ready force, it is a diverse and inclusive force of Airmen that will help drive that end state.”

  • Diversity and Inclusion Research Guides

    Diversity and inclusion is directly correlated to healthier dynamics in various environments, better mental health, and increased retention from an employment perspective. In depth knowledge of differences, insight on present and past challenges, and data is essential in formulating a plan to cultivate and create cultures of change. This process entails research, dialogue, and awareness to invoke empathy, devise new policies and procedures, and to foster elimination of biases with cohesiveness and unity being the goal. Resources in this LibGuide are helpful in understanding the plight and reality of various marginalized groups. This research guide is not a comprehensive listing of sources, but is intended to be a starting point from which students can begin their research according to their specific needs.

  • Holm Center’s ‘Purple’ summer project

    As a former “foreign kid” in Brazil’s National War College, I was challenged with learning and operating in a language not of my own. I experienced the very real fear that my intellect would be surmised from my inability to smoothly converse, convince and direct others in Portuguese. These are the same challenges many of our Air Force ROTC cadets experience when English is their second language.

  • Air University Airman overcomes barriers to express his faith as a Norse Pagan

    The 42nd Air Base Wing’s Freedom to Serve Initiative champions are uncovering issues that impede on Airmen's ability to excel; forming plans of action to help create equal opportunities for all Airmen across the installation.

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