National Park Service has been implementing its Diversity Action
Plan for several years now. We have made some progress in improving
the diversity of our workforce regarding women and minorities. However,
we have made limited progress in improving the representation of
citizens with disabilities. America's greatest promise for the 21st
century lies in our ability to harness the strength of our diversity.
Clearly, our future is in our people and our ability to be inclusive
of all groups in this Nation.
foundation of our diversity philosophy must be clearly communicated
to our employees and potential employees that the National Park
Service is committed to providing an environment in which:
are treated fairly;
are recognized and rewarded based upon ability and merit for their
have equal access to opportunity for growth and advancement;
respect each other and are free from harassment, discrimination
diversity of society is represented at all levels throughout the
National Park Service;and
management and development of employees are recognized as crucial
to the success of the National Park Service.
the beginning of the 21st century, the National Park System comprises
385 units. These areas of historical, cultural, scenic, natural
and scientific importance are of such national significance as to
justify special recognition and protection by various acts of the
United States Congress. The National Park System represents the
contributions of the grand diversity of America. Our workforce should
be as diverse as the National Park System we both serve and represent.
we move through the 21st century, there will be major changes in
the demographics of this Nation's population. As a result, the visitor
base, donors and the civilian labor force will also change. In order
for the National Park Service to remain a viable organization for
preserving and maintaining our national treasures for the use of
all visitors, we must accelerate our efforts to be inclusive by
having the face of America at all levels and sites. Workforce diversity
is a mission-related goal, which is as important as safety, housing,
and park management.
must continue to work toward creating an environment where workforce
diversity is understood, valued and embraced, where there is an
absence of bias, and where the mission is achieved through collaboration
must continue to demonstrate and improve proactive leadership in
the management of workforce diversity through the articulation of
a common vision, clear, focus on goals, active participation and
achievement of results.
must continue to assess processes and systems to identify and eliminate
barriers to workforce diversity and effectively working as members
of a diverse workforce. We must continue to move vigorously toward
a workforce that reflect the diversity of American society at large
and employs the best talents of all groups. This is good business
for America and it is good business for the National Park Service.