Screenshot of letter of appreciation during virtual event

The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) Lakehurst Diversity Advisory Roundtable Team (DART) hosted a virtual event July 21 to honor its past and current leaders and to sign its official charter. (U.S. Navy photo)

NAWCAD Lakehurst recognizes diversity team for command efforts

The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) Lakehurst recognized members of its workforce for their leadership in diversity and inclusion initiatives July 21 during a virtual event.

The command’s Diversity Advisory Roundtable Team (DART) consists of seven diversity advisory teams, which focus on initiatives to foster an inclusive workforce environment and increase diversity in recruiting, retention, and career development and advancement.

The teams include the African American Pipelines Advisory Team (APAT), American Indian Alaskan Native (AIAN) Team, Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Team, Hispanic Engagement Action Team (HEAT), Individuals with Disabilities Advisory Team (IWDAT), Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Plus and Allies (LGBTQ+A) Team and Women's Initiative Network (WIN).

NAWCAD Executive Director Leslie Taylor presented a letter of appreciation to NAWCAD Lakehurst Executive Director Kathleen Donnelly for her role as the WIN executive champion.

“As a local WIN champion and a champion for diversity and inclusion, your outstanding leadership and tireless efforts have transformed NAWCAD Lakehurst command culture over the years,” Taylor said. “You served as a guiding light to ensure diversity and inclusion were firmly anchored in the command’s core values.”

Donnelly presented letters of appreciation to former executive champions and co-leads for their dedication to enhancing diversity and inclusion at NAWCAD Lakehurst.

The meeting featured a “virtual” cake-cutting, signing of the DART official charter, and Q&A regarding ongoing diversity and inclusion initiatives.

“NAWCAD Lakehurst is committed to fostering a culture of inclusion where everyone feels respected, valued and accepted. This vision is accomplished through on-going training, education, outreach, accountability, culture change and consistent evaluation of the success of our goals throughout the year,” Donnelly said. “The NAWCAD Lakehurst Diversity Advisory Teams are an important part of making this vision a reality.”


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