A resource for NWS and its employees
Working with the NWS Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management Office, and the NWS Diversity Council, the NWS Diversity Ambassadors were formed to be communications mechanism of diversity management principles and a national support mechanism for Diversity Focal Points as well as all NWS employees.
- The NWS Diversity Ambassadors actively keep abreast of diversity trends, and thus, in addition to Diversity Council members, and the NWS Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management Office, they are a national contact resource for diversity questions, guidance, and resources to all NWS employees.
- Volunteer Ambassadors actively acquire specialized knowledge or experience in specific areas such as race/cultural issues, GLBT, gender issues, age/generations, family issues, etc… . Information artifacts associated with these focus areas (data, readings, etc…) are retained in a knowledge base that can be called upon through the Ambassadors.
- Diversity Ambassadors can act as advocates for their areas of specialization, being a voice on related matters (participating in conference calls, policy meetings etc…)
- Not only will they have subject matter expertise, which could be called upon by Focal Points, but the Ambassadors may be called upon to add their knowledge in participation on panels, or in workshops, etc…
- Volunteer Ambassadors may also put together and/or lead Webinars on topics that they have an expertise in. Ambassadors could also conduct Diversity Training in the field in the absence of a local Focal Point if funding and availability permit.
- Acting in a general advisory capacity, the Diversity Ambassadors can advise and assist Diversity Focal points and other NWS staff with planning local workshops and other local diversity activities.
Your NWS Diversity Ambassadors are (Note: all Diversity Ambassadors are well versed and fully knowledgeable in a broad spectrum of diversity matters, some however have additional knowledge in specialized areas – these specialties are indicated below their names):
Since the inception of the National Weather Service Diversity program, Mr. José Garcia has maintained a passion for promoting diversity as a leadership best practice. He served as one of the first Regional Diversity Coordinators for the Southern Region of the NWS, and also served on the National Weather Service Diversity Management council from the early 90s through 2011. He was Chair of the National Weather Service Diversity Council from 2010-2011. During his tenure on the NWS Diversity Council, he was involved in the development of the NWS Diversity Marketing concept which resulted in the LMS online diversity curriculum, national diversity management presentation, and the NWS diversity poster initiative. As Meteorologist In Charge at WFO Amarillo, Texas he has been a leader for diversity initiatives at the local, regional and national level.
Throughout his work with diversity management, Mr. Garcia has provided countless presentations on leadership, teamwork and cultural office issues as they relate to diversity. He has more than 10 years of facilitation experience and serves as one of the facilitators for the Southern Region Building Leaders for a Solid Tomorrow (BLAST) leadership development program. Mr. Garcia’s Diversity Ambassador focus is on leadership, teamwork and cultural diversity, and he is available to assist or provide training/webinars in these areas.
Jose Garcia (WFO Amarillo, email@example.com, 806-335-2911 x222)
(Leadership, Team/workplace Diversity, Cultural issues)
After graduating from the University of California, Los Angeles, one of the most diverse universities in the Nation as ranked by U.S. News and World Report, Todd joined the National Weather Service as a Meteorologist in 2000. Serving four Weather Forecast Offices and two different regions, he takes a diverse approach to weather forecasting insisting that there are many different ways to view and analyze the atmosphere. Todd joined the National Weather Service Diversity Program in 2004 serving as NWS Western Region’s Hispanic Special Emphasis Program Manager on Western Region’s Diversity Action Committee (WR DAC). While serving on the WR DAC, he helped the group win a Regional Cline Award for Diversity. While chairing the committee between 2008-2011, Todd also co-chaired (with Dr. Joshua Scheck) the team that designed, marketed, and implemented the first online diversity management curriculum for all NWS employees. Currently, Todd remains active in the National Weather Service Diversity Program serving as a member of the NWS Diversity Training team, a team making future changes to the CLC Diversity Curriculum and mentoring Western Region’s Diversity Focal Points on an interim basis.
Though Todd is well-versed in many diversity topics and issues, he chooses to specialize in generational diversity, diversity through dress, family and work-life issues, and targeted workplace recruitments.
Todd Hall (WFO Los Angeles, firstname.lastname@example.org, 805-988-6615 x284)
(Generation/age issues, family, work-life, dress/appearance, recruitment)
Since August 2012, Ms. Hasberry has worked as the acting Director of the National Weather Service’s Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management. She has worked for the National Weather Service as an Equal Employment Opportunity/Diversity Management Specialist since 2002. In this capacity she assists in developing the agency’s EEO and Diversity Management policy, planning and communication. She also coordinates the agency’s agenda in setting goals for its affirmative employment, training and strategic planning efforts. Ms. Hasberry provides training to NWS employees on a variety of EEO and Diversity Management related topics. Hope is the Weather Services’ Federal Women’s Program Manager.
Hope is a native of Heidelberg, Mississippi. She attended Jackson State University in Jackson, MS earning a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Economics. She also has a Master of Arts degree in Human Resource Economics from Howard University in Washington, DC.
Hope Hasberry (NWS Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management, email@example.com, 301-713-0692 x216)
(All Diversity Management and EEO related issues)
Shortly after taking a position with the NWS, Ursula Jones became involved with the Alaska Region Diversity Committee when she took the position as the Federal Womenís SEPM from 2002 to 2003, then served as the committee recorder from 2004 to 2005. In 2005, Ursula became the first Alaska Region Diversity Catalyst, and remained in that position until becoming the committee Chair from 2007 to 2009. Ursula was also the Diversity Catalyst from 2009 to 2011.
In 2007, Ursula received a regional-level Isaac Cline Award for Diversity Management, for partnering with Nikole Gallegos to develop the first Alaska Region EEO/Diversity newsletter.
In addition to her regular duties, Ursula was also an EEO Counselor for the NOAA Office of Civil Rights for over three years.
Ursula became involved with the Alaska Regionís EEO/Diversity Committee to pursue her desire to increase diversity awareness and to ensure that all employees feel comfortable in their work environment. Ursula specializes in race, ethnicity, and nationality issues.
Ursula Jones (WFO Juneau, firstname.lastname@example.org, (907) 790-6802)
(Race, Ethnicity, Nationality Issues)
Delyne Kirkham’s twelve year career with the federal government began in 2001 in Elko, Nevada with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). While at the BLM she worked closely with the Bureau of Indian Affairs program to train local Native Americans in firefighting and served on the BLM Special Emphasis Committee. She joined the National Weather Service in 2005.
For five years Delyne held a Diversity Focal Point position and was honored in 2010 to receive a national Cline Award for outstanding contributions to NWS WR Diversity Management Program through strong initiative and teamwork. Delyne was selected in 2011 to serve on the Western Region (WR) Diversity Action Committee as WR Special Emphasis Program Manager for Individuals with Disabilities. She also is editor of the WR Diversity newsletter that is published quarterly. Before her federal service, she supervised a local program teaching job skills to individuals with disabilities in the private sector.
Delyne assists with information to WR Focal Points and personnel on individuals with disabilities, special emphasis month program recognition, diversity management, inclusion, quality of worklife and teamwork. She is on the committee that created and reviews the CLC Diversity Curriculum for the NWS Diversity Certification program and the NWS Quality of Worklife team. As one of the Diversity Ambassadors, Delyne chooses to focus on persons with disabilities, gender, inclusion and teamwork.
Delyne Kirkham (WFO Elko, email@example.com, 775-778-6718)
(Disabilities, Work-life, Team Diversity)
Cheryl Latif’s twenty year career with the federal government began in 1992 with the U.S. Customs Service (now Customs and Border Protection). She was hired as an Import Specialist at JFK Airport, NY and for ten years she also held the collateral position of Disabilities Program Manager. In 2003 she joined the NWS in her full time role as Eastern Region EEO Manager.
Cheryl provides information to ER personnel on the EEO process and, in addition to conducting her own special emphasis month program activities at ERH, assists the EEO focal points in the field with their celebrations of these months as well. She also makes various forms of diversity training available for the Diversity Focal Points to give to their staff members.
After learning about the high number of employees that can be categorized (according to MBTI results) as “introverted”, she created a presentation on the differences between extraversion and introversion that was used at an Eastern Region MIC/HIC Conference and a SOD conference.
She is on the committee that reviews the CLC Diversity Curriculum for future changes and was the project leader in forming the national NWS Diversity Toolbox, which acts as a clearinghouse of diversity information for NWS employees. As one of the Diversity Ambassadors, Cheryl chooses to focus on persons with disabilities and EEO.
Cheryl Latif (ERH, firstname.lastname@example.org, 631-244-0162)
(EEO, Disabilities, Diversity Toolbox Point-of-Contact)
Shari’s special focus is on women and family life issues.
Shari has over 20 years experience in the NWS and NCEP as a forecaster, mom, and wife, working rotating shifts. She has studied the effects of rotating shift work on health, family and social aspects of life in an effort to find ways of improving / minimizing its negative impacts.
Shari was a charter member of the NOAA EEO council in 1998, and a member of the NWS Central Region team for Women and Minorities through 2002. Shari currently serve as the AWC Diversity Focal Point.
Shari Mutchler (AWC, email@example.com, 816-584-7200 X269)
( Marriage/marital status; Women’s/family issues)
As both a genuine believer and a practitioner of diversity principles, David Rowell has been widely involved in fostering diversity and inclusion in working closely with NOAA , NCEP, OMAO, and NWS. He is presently the Vice-chair of the NWS Diversity Council. David has been a diversity instructor for several years teaching diversity at the NWSTC and conducting diversity workshops in the field.
While David is fluent in all aspects of diversity and diversity management his focus is on gender issues and GLBT, especially current workplace impacts and trends. This includes being knowledgeable in various facets of such: gender traits in the work place, women’s and men’s issues, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, Trans-gendered, etc…. . David has also been heavily involved in team building (training, facilitation …) for a many years and is broadly knowledgeable about all factors that affect team performance, team synergy, and team relationships. He has a knowledge bank of information on hand in all these areas and can further assist with research and resources. David can offer information, advocacy, training, and support (e.g. assistance with workshops, webinars, panels … ).
A personal note from David : Beyond the academics let me say that I have a heartfelt passion in seeing everyone treated fairly, treated respectfully, and above all given the chance to be their selves fully -bringing everything they have to the table, and achieving to their fullest potential. I hope I can be a resource in both the understanding of these issues and the leveraging of diversity in the workplace.
David Rowell (NWSTC, firstname.lastname@example.org, 816-994-3010)
(Team Diversity; Gender issues; GLBTQI)
For years, Joshua Scheck has taken a practical approach to promoting diversity through understanding differences and communication. As a Science and Operations Officer at NWS Bismarck, he has been involved in training and mentoring employees for several years. Previous positions at NCEP Hydrometeorological Prediction Center offered Joshua an appreciation for diversity management as it pertains to promoting innovation and improved services.
As the NWS Bismarck EEO/Diversity Focal Point, he first presented on diversity management and generational differences in 2009 at the Northern Plains Leadership and Diversity Summit. Joshua was co-leader of the team that created the NWS Bismarck Buddy and Mentoring Programs locally later that year. Dr. Scheck co-led the team that designed, marketed, and implemented the first online diversity management curriculum for all NWS employees. He is currently leading a team charged with composing and implementing a NWS Central Region Climate Services Focal Point Mentoring Program. Dr. Scheck chose to focus on the areas of generational differences and mentoring based on his experiences, and he is available to provide advice and training/webinars in both areas
Joshua Scheck (WFO Bismark, email@example.com, 701-250-4224)
(Generational issues, Mentoring)
Additional NWS EEO and Diversity Contacts:
The NWS Office of Equal Opportunity & Diversity Management Staff
This office, under its Director, directs and administers the NWS EEO and Diversity Management Program, resolves issues related to such, and sets national policy in regards to EEO and Diversity.
The NWS Diversity Council
The Council is a conduit through which employees can share ideas related to diversity and diversity management. These volunteers from throughout the service identify diversity initiatives throughout NWS. Also, in conjunction with OEODM, the Council helps ensure Diversity resources are available to Diversity Focal points and all NWS employees. .