Strength in Numbers, Strength from our Differences
Diversity and Inclusion
At General Dynamics IT, we believe in maintaining a workplace diverse and inclusive of beliefs, cultural background, job experiences, thoughts and ideas. These unique characteristics, brought together, are fundamental to promoting innovation, increasing profitability and driving results for our clients and the world around us. Diversity includes all of us. Putting this belief into action, diversity is part of our core values and is included in programs and practices throughout General Dynamics IT.
Our employees are our business. We believe all of our employees have skills and talents that collectively contribute to our business success. Our corporate responsibility is to provide a work environment that maximizes on the ability of all employees to engage and be the most productive that they can; a workplace where our collective ideas, thoughts and perspectives come together to serve our clients. We believe in supporting our employees and in recognizing industry events that recognize their efforts.
Our workforce is as diverse and globally distributed as our customers and their missions are. Likewise, our success is directly correlated to our ability to understand, acknowledge, appreciate and accept each other’s unique contributions. Our differences are what we have in common.
At General Dynamics IT, we’re about celebrating and leveraging our diversity to successfully deliver the best quality to our customers. Our commitment to employees is to promote a culture that values integrity in all that we do, respect for our culture, background, experience, thoughts and ideas and trust that we follow through on commitments to our teammates and customers. We promote teamwork to leverage resources, best practices and capabilities across our company and we remain focused on our mission. Together we provide services and solutions that are relevant, innovative, timely and affordable—consistently exceeding customer expectations.
We strive to create a diverse workplace by promoting a rich cultural heritage. We join the nation in celebrating nationally recognized heritage months by highlighting important people in history and providing historical background on the following:
- Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
- Black History Month
- Hispanic Heritage Month
- LGBT Pride Month
- Native American Heritage Month
- Women’s History Month
We support the efforts of organizations who promote industry opportunities for a diverse workforce as well as those who recognize excellence in the engineering field:
NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers)
The mission of the National Society of Black Engineers is “to increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.”
SWE (Society of Women Engineers)
Established in 1950, the Society of Women Engineers is now a global organization of more than 30,000 members. SWE exists to stimulate women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expanding the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving quality of life and demonstrating the value of diversity.
BEYA (Black Engineer of the Year) STEM Global Competitive Conference
Now in its 30th year, the BEYA STEM conference is a three-day event for corporate, government and educational organizations and leaders to recognize, highlight and network among talented engineering executives, professionals, graduate and undergraduate students of color.
Supporting Our Own
General Dynamics IT established two specific group initiatives to help further diversity and inclusion companywide. These programs serve to celebrate our diversity, increase employment and promotion opportunities and further develop community partnerships:
DisAbility: This group was formed to enhance our ability to attract and retain talented individuals with disabilities. Representatives from across General Dynamics IT meet to drive three primary objectives:
- Provide recommendations to enhance our outreach to individuals with disabilities.
- Develop initiatives to increase internal engagement of employees with disabilities.
- Serve as a liaison to GDIT staffing professionals engaged in the hiring process.
As part of this program we also started a monthly DisAbility Awareness Education Series on topics such as Diabetes, Deafness and Hearing Loss and Blindness and Vision Loss. Throughout the year, employees are invited to share stories of lives impacted by disability-- whether theirs or a loved one’s-- and post them on our internal site for colleagues to read.
As part of our Be Well, Be Dynamic campaign, General Dynamics IT partners with the American Diabetes Association to participate in several Tour De Cure rides across the United States. Check out Team General Dynamics here.
Veteran Connection Focus Group: Support to the U.S. military, active and reserve, is at the core of what our employees do on a day-to-day basis. We are proud of our commitment to servicemen and women, and of our programs and benefits that support our military employees.
The Veteran Connection Focus Group is a General Dynamics-led initiative with representation across our lines of business. Members meet monthly to identify internal engagement and external outreach opportunities that enhance our ability to attract and retain talented individuals transitioning from the military, and to serve the military and their families in return for their service to our country.
In honor of Veteran’s Day, the group started an annual tradition, inviting employees to share a story of how the military has affected them or a loved one. Employees also have the opportunity to thank a veteran through personalized cards sent to colleagues or family and friends outside the company.
In support of our transitioning military, the group established a volunteer Military Sponsorship Program to support veteran new hires transitioning from the military.
We match veteran new hires with General Dynamics IT employee veterans who share experience in transitioning from the military. Our veterans address our new post-military employees about challenges that occur during major transformational events such as separation from the military. Our vets welcome these employees to General Dynamics IT and private industry.