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Student Outreach and Retention (SOAR)

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proudly leads the effort to build a diverse workforce and cultivate an inclusive work environment. We do this by developing and implementing policies and programs that promote diversity and inclusion in our workplace as we strive to ensure that VA’s workforce is drawn from the broadest segments of society so that it is poised to meet the present and future needs of our Nations Veterans, their families, and survivors.

VA’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI), has the primary responsibility of providing leadership and guidance for the Department’s diversity and inclusion initiatives.

VA has established a new college student outreach program called the Student Outreach and Retention (SOAR) Initiative. This initiative focuses on the provision of information on Federal employment, VA careers, VA internships and mentoring. Program goal is to establish a pipeline for students/graduates to careers in VA. Provide real-time job, internship and career information to SOAR participants.

Using this program VA will market Pathways, the National Diversity Intern Program (NDIP), the Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP), and USAJOBS.gov (Federal Government's official source for federal job listings, job applications, and employment opportunity information) and other VA intern and employment programs through SOAR to increase the pool of potential fully qualified applicants for VA employment opportunities.

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