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Diversifying the Coast Guard one at a time: 1/c Stephanie Miranda

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp pauses at the Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn Memorial. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

In today’s increasingly global world, understanding diverse cultures and embracing differences is essential to success. Given the challenges and far-reaching missions of the Coast Guard, wise cadets seek to strengthen their understanding of other cultures and faiths, while growing in their own tradition. As a result, they better understand themselves, those with whom they serve, as well as the public they will encounter.

But what happens when you are the only one like you, past and present?

Coast Guard Academy First Class Cadet Stephanie Miranda is a first generation Indian-American, the only cadet of Indian heritage at the Academy, and the first documented Indian-American woman to graduate from the Academy.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Enlisted Professionals in Connection

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen presents the Secretary's Award for Diversity Management 2018 to Petty Officers 2nd Class Amad Hankins and Shango Indomitus at the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2018. Hankins and Indomitus developed the Enlisted Professions in Connection Program (EPIC) and the Remote Mentorship Assistance Program to improve retention rates, recruitment and professional development for minorities in the Coast Guard's enlisted workforce. Department of Homeland Security photo by Tim Godbee.

When two junior petty officers found little opportunity for diverse enlisted members to network with similar like-minded members, they formed the Enlisted Professionals in Communication or EPIC. The traveled to nine different commands across the nation, worked with former Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Steven Cantrell and helped diverse and under represented minority members connect. For their efforts and initiative, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen recognized these two petty officer with the Secretary’s Award for Diversity Management.

International maritime leaders

international maritime leaders

The Coast Guard Academy is uniquely suited to prepare international maritime leaders to address the most complex global challenges of our time; those that require transnational solutions and long-term cooperation between nations, such as polar climate change, protection of ocean resources, terrorism, transnational crime and disaster response and recovery.

Can’t be what you can’t see

Lt. Christine Igisomar takes pride in her Saipan heritage and heavily promotes diversity and equality within the workforce at Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach in California. Igisomar was awarded the Federal Asian Pacific American Council Military Meritorious Service Award for her significant contributions toward the advancement of Asian Pacific Americans and for promoting diversity and equal employment opportunity in the federal workforce.

The Long Blue Line: The Coast Guard Academy – commissioning minority officers for 75 years!

These men and women were the first known minority service members to graduate from the Coast Guard Academy. U.S. Coast Guard photos.

The U.S. Coast Guard has had a history of ethnic diversity that rivals all other federal agencies. Therefore, it is only fitting that we should document the service’s diverse history by focusing on the Coast Guard Academy, which has commissioned minority officers for 75 years.

Supplying a bright future for the service

Rear Adm. Keith Smith, commander of Force Readiness Command, signs the Memorandum of Agreement alongside Dr. JoAnn W. Haysbert, Chancellor and Provost at Hampton University, Jan. 30, 2018. This MOA means another year of partnership between the Coast Guard and Hampton University through the Coast Guard College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative program. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Cmdr. Kelli Dougherty.

How can the Coast Guard recruit and maintain a proficient, self-motivated and adaptable workforce in today’s world? It is simple: we build a diverse workforce. The Coast Guard signed a memorandum with Hampton University, home to the Coast Guard’s College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative (CSPI) Scholarship Program. Students who are accepted into the CSPI program are enlisted in the Coast Guard and receive full funding for two years of college.

Eclipse 2017: Who you are when no one is looking

The U.S. Coast Guard Academy hosted their 42nd annual Eclipse Week, April 3- 8, 2017. The event unites alumni and cadets each year for personal and professional development. Besides promoting camaraderie, Eclipse also supports the strategic goals of retaining top talent, recruiting future cadets and inspiring a climate of inclusion.

Meeting the needs of the Service

“We will attract access, develop, and retain a respectful, diverse, and inclusive workforce that reflects the richness of our society.” – Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft Living up to that standard, the Force Readiness Command established a partnership with Hampton University in Hampton, Va. Hampton University is a historically black college and university with a reputation for graduating talented men and women with bright futures.