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Diversity is about our commitment to embrace men and women of all racial, cultural, ethnic,
and religious backgrounds as full, equal, and vital members of our organization.

Diversity Policy Statement

  • It is the policy of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary to ensure that all citizens, regardless of race, gender, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, religion, or physical or mental disability have an equal opportunity to become a volunteer of this organization. It is after all, part of our mission to become the volunteer organization of choice.

    As the National Commodore, I will personally lead the diversity initiatives and challenge all who serve to do the same through leadership, mentorship, service, and example. As someone committed to diversity, I understand that providing training is one of the strategies that helps build an inclusive environment, which is crucial to attracting and retaining top talent, building member engagement, and fostering creativity and innovation. Our Strategic Plan for Managing Diversity will guide us in our efforts towards accomplishing this goal.

    Diversity of thoughts, ideas, and competencies of our people, keeps the Auxiliary strong and empowers us to mission readiness and excellence.

    Diversity is an imperative to the Auxiliary; it can increase morale and impact our success. In essence every member is responsible for fostering an inclusive team atmosphere and being a contributing part of Team Coast Guard.

    The Auxiliary is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment, a journey guided by the deeply held values of Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty, as America’s Guardians, we understand that diversity is not a problem to be solved, but is an asset to be developed.

    /s/ James E. Vass
    National Commodore, U.S.C.G. Auxiliary

The Diversity Vision

  • The Auxiliary’s vision is to make diversity an organizational imperative and bring us a treasure trove of different perspectives. Our vision is more than an alignment of organizational goals but an indispensable dynamic process to increase performance and productivity as we strive to become the “Volunteer Organization of Choice”.

    Through this shared vision, we’ll recognize diversity and remove all barriers, real or perceived, so current and potential members will feel an increased pride and honor in their membership.

    • Our members are honored to offer themselves as volunteers to assist the USCG, with the desire for training and meaningful involvement, so that we can enhance safety in the boating community.
    • We’ll respect the volunteer nature of our organization and provide current and prospective members with a positive environment to reach their full potential.
    • We’ll encourage devotion to duty, while understanding the unique abilities of each member, each giving according to their own abilities.

Our Diversity Best Practices

  • As an organization, we are committed embrace and use these best practices:

    • The organization’s leadership models diversity principles.
    • The organization champions diversity for all stakeholders.
    • Diversity is part of strategic planning and is one of the organization’s guiding principles.
    • Diversity principles are diligently applied to recruiting, retention, and selection of leadership.
    • Diversity competencies are reflected in reviews, rewards, discipline, and special assignments.
    • Diversity initiatives are allotted adequate resources.
    • The organization has a strong diversity champion in its leadership, and mentoring is available.
    • Everyone in the organization receives training in diversity principles and understands his or her role as a diversity champion.