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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) understands that equity, diversity, and inclusion are critical, scientific imperatives that allow NIH to achieve its goal of turning health into discovery. Accordingly, NIH is deeply committed to advancing diversity and inclusion, and ensuring that the experiences and contributions of all members of our community are valued while also protecting and honoring their civil rights.

Empowered by Executive Orders issued by the President of the United States, federal laws, and regulations from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), NIH commissioned the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion to design Special Emphasis Portfolios (SEPs) to place special emphasis on positive, equitable, and inclusive employment experiences for federally identified minorities.  These portfolios are an integral part of the success of the Agency. EDI works diligently with Institutes and Centers, workgroups and committees, and employee resource and affinity groups to identify barriers that keep targeted groups from achieving their career goals at rates consistent with the general workforce.

Each portfolio is led by a principal strategist and a supportive committee. The Strategists provide educational and cultural/sensitivity awareness opportunities to our community as well as engage with various internal and external stakeholders on matters that encompass all aspects of equal opportunity and non-discrimination in department programs and employment. In partnership with committee members, they develop and implement strategies that improve the work and quality of life for Asians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders; Africans, Black Americans, and persons of the African diaspora; Hispanics and Latinos; Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender, and Intersex individuals; American Indians and Alaska Natives; People and Veterans with Disabilities; and Women at NIH.