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Small Steps Library

The Small Steps Campaign Library includes three groups of materials that are free for public use:

  1. Guidance and Information to support developing and rolling out the campaign in your office or organization;
  2. Core Materials to help you and your co-workers participate in the campaign; and
  3. Graphics to support you in creating new materials for your office or organization.

Please feel free to download and use these tools in following your own Small Steps Campaign plan, to share information with your organization or colleagues, or hold Small Steps Meetups or activities. (Note that the posters and table tents are large files).


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Guidance and Information

  • Toolkit for managing a Small Steps Campaign and explaining all the materials listed in this Library
  • Master Briefing comprised of slides for multiple audiences that you can tailor for presentations. (More details available in the Toolkit.)
  • Meetup Guide to coordinate peer mentoring meetings in your office or organization.

Core Materials

  • Pathway Card -- explains each step and helps employees map out activities for each Small Step
    • For Office Laster Printer -- here
    • For Digital Use - here
    • For Print Shop -- here
  • Posters -- Set of five print-ready posters to support your campaign -- one general poster and one for each step that features a key question
  • Table Tent -- Print-ready table tent for campaign -- here
  • TV Ad -- Closed circuit television advertisement - here
  • Email Signature -- for employees to include in e-mail signatures to show participation in Small Steps -- here
  • "How To" Lists -- Simple lists to help employees and managers start their journeys
    • Getting Started with Small Steps -- here
    • 7 ways to Lead with Small Steps -- here
    • Mentoring with Small Steps -- here
  • Sign-up Sheet -- to capture contact information for internal mailing lists or track attendance at Meetups and meetings - here
  • A Pledge to Our People -- the commitment from each IC Element director to end all forms of harassment and to ensure the community is welcoming and safe for all employees - here
  • Sample Content -- drafts of materials to use as a foundation to get you started
    • Website Content -- here
    • Leadership Message -- here
    • Launch Article -- here




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Small Steps Forward, A Big Leap Together

To best enable mission success, we must leverage the knowledge and experience of a diverse workforce. Taking personal and intentional steps will help create a culture that connects each employee to the organization, creates an environment where differences are celebrated, and leads to a more collaborative and innovative workplace. The Small Steps Campaign is designed to help each of us choose and complete simple activities we can do to make a big impact in our workspaces -- for ourselves and those around us.

Everyday Steps to Create a More Inclusive Workplace

By taking these small steps, you can create a lasting change in your office and contribute to a more balanced, fair and harmonious workplace. The Small Steps Pathway Card will help guide you through each step.


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All it takes is each of us taking SMALL STEPS to make a BIG LEAP together! What steps will you take?

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Participating in Small Steps

Taking small steps is simple. Here are some resources to help get you started.


Small Steps Pathway Card

This Small Steps Pathway Card explains each step - Awareness, Exposure, Action, and Social Accountability. On the back of the card, list the small steps you plan to take this year and refer back to it each month to track progress.


Programs and Events

You can attend programs and events sponsored by your organization, employee resource groups, or Intelligence Community Affinity Networks.


Small Steps Meetups

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. your colleagues each quarter for the Small Steps Meetup. Watch this page for details about the next meetup, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. the Small Steps Community to receive updates directly to your inbox.


Join the Small Steps Community!

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Receive reminders about quarterly Small Steps Meetups, event updates, and encouragement in your inbox. 


You can download the Small Steps Pathway Card and other materials here.

The Intelligence Community Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity (EEOD) Office is responsible for the overall management of the ODNI EEO and Diversity Program, and provides IC-wide oversight and guidance in developing, implementing, and measuring progress in EEO, diversity, and inclusion. The Chief of IC EEOD is the principal advisor to the DNI and IC senior leaders on issues related to equity, fairness, diversity, and inclusion, and reports directly to the DNI. The IC EEOD Office is responsible for developing, implementing, and measuring performance against the five year ODNI Diversity and Inclusion Plan, the five year IC EEO and Diversity Strategic Plan, and the ODNI Management Directive 715 EEO Program Status Report. 

The IC EEOD Office is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants on the basis of merit and without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, and physical or mental disability. The objective is to promote full realization of equal employment opportunity through a continuing affirmative employment program that aims to eliminate discrimination based on factors irrelevant to job performance.


Intelligence Community senior leaders believe strongly that diversity is a mission-critical imperative, essential to ensuring our nation's security and success in the war on terror. To combat new, global, and increasingly complex national security threats, the IC must employ, develop, and retain a dynamic, agile workforce that reflects diversity in its broadest context cultural backgrounds, ethnicity, race, gender,  age, disability, gender identify, heritage, language proficiency, and perspectives. While the IC continues to move forward in achieving these goals, much more needs to be done to accelerate our progress and focus on results in diversity and inclusion.


In early 2006, the DNI appointed the first Chief of EEO for the IC and made the decision soon thereafter to merge this office with the IC Diversity Strategies Division (formerly in the IC Chief Human Capital Office) to better integrate EEO and diversity functions and leverage resources. This new Office of IC EEO and Diversity (EEOD) reports directly to the DNI. In addition to its IC-wide responsibilities, IC EEOD also provides these services for the ODNI workforce and organization. In July 2005, the DNI issued his first DNI's Policy Statement on Diversity to the IC.


IC EEOD Hotline – 301-243-0704

The Chief of the Office of Intelligence Community Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity (IC EEOD) serves as a key advisor to the Director of National Intelligence (DNI); provides leadership to the Intelligence Community (IC), especially through the IC EEOD Council (EEO and Diversity principals) and senior leaders in each IC Element; and ensures the provision of EEO services to the DNI workforce.

The Office plays a leadership role in designing and implementing innovative EEO and diversity programs and diversity best practices to increase the overall representation of minorities, women, and persons with disabilities across the IC, and benchmarking model agency best practices for Title VII compliance.

To this end, IC EEOD works closely with all key stakeholders across the Intelligence Community to coordinate the development of diversity strategies and mechanisms to facilitate the implementation of DNI-wide policies and to ensure compliance with applicable law and statutes.

Focus areas include ensuring equity in hiring and recruitment, retention efforts, promotions, rewards and awards, process improvement, career development programs, complaint management and resolution, and reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities.


Functional Areas

The IC EEOD consists of a front office and three distinct functional areas: IC EEO Outreach; IC Diversity Outreach; and, IC EEOD Strategy and Analysis.

Division of IC EEO Outreach
Responsible for policy formulation, implementation, coordination, and management of the civil rights and equal opportunity programs of the Office of DNI such as EEO training, reasonable accommodation, alternate resolution program, and complaints processing, in addition to Intelligence Community leadership, outreach, and coordination for EEO compliance programs.

Division of IC Diversity Outreach
Responsible for providing leadership to the DNI and IC in the overall management of diversity programs, specifically responsible for serving as a focal point on issues regarding diversity recruitment, community outreach, affirmative employment and special emphasis programs, diversity best practices and career development activities.

Division of IC EEOD Strategy and Analysis
Serves as a consultant on issues related to EEO and diversity. Responsible for developing IC-wide strategies and policies for driving change in EEO and diversity management. Specifically, responsible for developing organizational metrics and a formal assessment process for reporting and tracking the implementation of diversity management initiatives.




The Intelligence Community Centers for Academic Excellence (IC CAE) Program was established in 2005 to meet the nation’s demand for a diverse cadre of professionals to carry out national security priorities and obligations.


The IC CAE Program’s purpose is to develop a cadre of qualified intelligence professionals to carry out America’s long-term national security initiatives by creating a competitive, knowledgeable, and diverse workforce through the provision of single and multi-year grants to colleges and universities. Schools selected as grant recipients are known as IC CAE Program Schools. Students that participate in IC CAE Program School-funded curricula and programs are made aware these efforts are funded by the IC and are given the opportunity to work towards becoming an IC CAE Scholar, an elite status obtained by achieving certain milestones. This association propels the students toward becoming an IC talent pool of choice.


The program encourages eligible institutions of higher education to submit proposals that support curricula and programs that will create, attract, and sustain a robust, knowledgeable, and diverse talent pool in multi-disciplinary areas of interest to the IC. The legislation that established the program emphasized increasing the diversity of the IC workforce, therefore, the IC CAE Program is especially interested in institutions with diverse populations of talent and in geographically diverse (rural) locations.  The IC CAE Program creates a community of committed IC professionals and academic faculty who will increase students’ knowledge of the IC and develop the critical skills needed to satisfy the national security mission as we build the right, trusted, agile workforce.


Click here to learn more about Student Opportunities.


The Intelligence Community Centers for Academic Excellence (IC CAE) program is now accepting grant applications. Colleges and universities have until May 24 to apply. The IC CAE program aims to help prepare students for a career in national security. For more info, visit here.