Vision / Mission / Strategic Plan



Cover Page DEOMI Strategic Plan

DEOMI Strategic Plan


  Poster Image of DEOMI Vision and Mission Statements


Innate or developed abilities and skills possessed by individuals that can contribute to high performance and innovation. Recognizing, developing, and utilizing the full spectrum of talent across this Nation and within our teams is paramount to sustained excellence.

The inherent worth and value of all individuals, which must be upheld in the workplace. Dignity is the foundation of respect. It is the basis of safety and the well-being of our people, and it promotes engagement and professionalism.

Applying a broad and unique set of methods, applications, and technologies toward new opportunities. Innovation equips teams to conquer new challenges. It happens when we draw from all corners of our Nation’s talent pool, the Department, and within our teams.

The capacity to sustain high performance and integrity across a spectrum of challenges. Resilience protects against risks and enables individuals and teams to overcome adversity. It ensures that teams remain agile and adaptive to realize new opportunities.




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Establish talent management support structures for the DoD practitioners of human relations.

1.  Establish DEOMI as the single-source EEO training certifying body for the DoD.
2.  Seek accreditation through educational accrediting bodies.
3.  Develop a program to certify DEIA practitioners in the DoD.
4.  Establish a continuous education program for professionalizing equal opportunity practitioners.


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Establish a comprehensive human relations learning management capability for the DoD.

1.  Institutionalize the application of cutting-edge educational methodology and simulations.
2.  Establish deployable training capabilities to support commanders and leaders.
3.  Expand availability and variety of targeted field training and support products. 
4.  Advance DEOMI’s learning technology infrastructure to broaden and sharpen its reach across the DoD.



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Develop and expand knowledge management capabilities to support human relations communities across the DoD.

1.  Establish a DoD-wide clearinghouse for human relations and best practices.
2.  Expand DEOMI’s publication capabilities and forums.
3.  Establish an engagement platform for communities of practice to share expertise across the Department.
4.  Incorporate data analytics to drive business decisions.


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Strengthen our capability for targeted research, assessment, and consultation.

1.  Establish and set standards for a Service training plan review function.
2.  Develop external organizational assessment standards and tools.
3.  Enhance DEOMI’s field support and analytics capabilities.
4.  Align with demand signals from the DoD for a targeted human relations research program.


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Expand and optimize external relationships, partnerships, and customers.

1.  Broaden customer bases through outreach, communications, and superior product lines.
2.  Expand partnerships with academic institutions, industry leaders and other federal entities.
3.  Develop cooperative relationships with Department agencies and international partners with parallel missions in human relations.


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Shape and align programs, processes, and cultures to ensure a sustained Center of Excellence.

1.  Establish DEOMI’s ‘DNA’ to ensure sustained resilience of our people and organization.
2.  Optimize business processes for effectiveness, efficiency, and continuous improvement.
3.  Shape current DEOMI workforce to meet emerging needs of the Department.
4.  Attract, recruit, and retain the best and brightest human capital.


Guiding Principles Readiness


 espect for the infinite dignity and worth of all individuals.

  xcellence in education, training, and research.

  wareness of the issues, successes, and strategies in human relations.

 iversity and understanding that our strengths derive from our differences as well as our shared values, goals, and ethics.

 nnovation of processes, technology, and designs to enhance our mission.

 ation which we have sworn to defend and endeavor to improve.

 xchange of ideas in the spirit of academic freedom and professional responsibility.

 elfless Service a priority to the higher ideals of equality and fairness.

 upport a commitment to quality processes for our customers and our organization.



The Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute seal represents the spirit of an inclusive force that values and develops all individuals and thrives on their contributions throughout the Department of Defense.

Each component has its own special and separate meaning, but together they highlight the importance of DEOMI’s mission to foster cultures of excellence through learning, research, and integrated knowledge management to optimize total force readiness.

The Colors

The colors gold and purple, synonymous with a joint command/activity, represent the Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard, and DoD Civilian professionals that make up DEOMI’s diverse climate.

The Compass Rose

The light-blue compass rose represents motivation, progression, and inspiration to follow an equitable path. The compass serves as a moral and ethical guide toward a culture of excellence, enabled by inclusive academic learning for the promotion of positive and constructive human relations.

The Lamp of Knowledge

The lamp and the eternal flame emitting from its spout represents knowledge. It symbolizes a lasting passion for and commitment to academic learning.

The Pentagon

The pentagon shape represents, DoD’s headquarters building, the Pentagon, and DEOMI’s command alignment within the Defense Human Resources Activity, a component of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (USD P&R). Inside the pentagon shape are components of the American flag, which represents America’s military strength. The pentagon’s placement on the lamp signifies DEOMI’s commitment to mission-enabling training optimizing our Nation’s total force readiness and educational development throughout the DoD.

The Gold Ring & Stars

The gold ring and stars represent unity and togetherness throughout the DoD. The ring itself is a symbol of unity of effort and commitment that all individuals should be treated with dignity and respect. The six gold stars represent each branch of our Nation’s armed forces—Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Space Force, and Coast Guard. The gold stars are evenly spaced in a circular pattern around the compass rose to symbolize the armed forces’ joint commitment towards defending our nation and protecting equal rights for all.

The date at the bottom of the seal, which reads “Est. 1971,” pays homage to the Institute’s origins. Originally called the Defense Race Relations Institute (DDRI), the Institute was established in 1971 to examine the causes and possible cures of racial disorders within the military propelled by the 1960s civil rights movement. Over time, DEOMI’s mission expanded to include human relations, equal opportunity, equal employment opportunity, and diversity. As a result, the institute was renamed as the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI) in 1979.

Situated around the bottom of the seal reads “CENTER OF EXCELLENCE,” signifying DEOMI’s establishment as the DoD’s premier institution for the development of multidisciplinary, student-centered, human relations education, training, and research. As a newly refocused CoE, DEOMI collaborates and shares resources with government, academic, and business communities to foster the exchange of human relations standards and principles throughout the Joint Force.

The DEOMI logo represents the spirit of equal opportunity in the Department of Defense. Each component has its own special and separate meaning, but together they highlight the importance of equal opportunity to mission readiness. The DEOMI logo also encompasses the diversity, strength, and knowledge that lies in our most valuable resource, people. Complete utilization of this resource, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, national origin, religion, age, or level of ability, is essential to successful mission accomplishment.




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