Mission / Vision / Strategic Plan



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  Poster Image of DEOMI Vision and Mission Statements


We hold ourselves as well as others accountable for the following values:


The development of relationship, community, and trust through valuing, respecting, and depending on individual strengths.


The pursuit of knowledge and wisdom for personal and professional growth.


The development of agile and adaptive strategies, solutions, and technologies.


The development of alliances with Human Relations communities of interest, DoD leaders, and entities of mutual pursuit.




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Advance DEOMI education and training programs through continuous incorporation of emerging policies, technologies, media, and research.


1. Recruit, develop and retain the most qualified faculty and staff.
2. Modernize DEOMI's technology infrastructure.
3. Establish a continuous improvement model for DEOMI curriculum and training delivery.
4. Expand distance learning capabilities.


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Strengthen collaborative relationships with Human Relations communities of interest and DoD leaders.

1. Institutionalize a formal Communication Strategy.
2. Develop alliances with DoD-specific force resiliency agencies.
3. Strengthen relationships with DoD customers.



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Increase the utility of DEOMI and external research to forward DoD priorities.

1. Expand DEOMI's research capability.
2. Build fellowship opportunities.


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Evolve DEOMI's Culture Development system to meet DoD strategies.

1. Establish a continuous improvement model for DEOMI's Culture Development system.
2. Develop evidence-based solutions leveraging operations analysis.
3. Reestablish the capacity for a consultation cell of expertise to meet DoD requirements.


Guiding Principles Readiness


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

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 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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