Workforce diversity and inclusion are critical components of a 21st century
VA. Creating and sustaining a diverse, inclusive, and productive workforce
rests with all employees at all levels within the organization. To that end,
ODI offers the following training resources.
Please note that these resources are being offered for your general awareness.
ODI strongly discourages the use of these materials in a classroom setting without
the facilitation of a qualified trainer. VA organizations interested in scheduling
a face-to-face training session should contact
We strongly recommend that contractors take the VA-wide Diversity, Inclusion, and
NoFEAR Training. The protections and obligations presented in the training
content do indeed apply to employees and anyone performing business with VA, including
contractors on a case by case basis. Determining whether a particular contract
employee is considered an “employee” for the purposes of the policy
is highly case-specific and subject to the “agency-test” principle whereby
the degree of control exercised over the contractor by the employer is assessed.
More often than not, long term, on-site contract employees are considered employees
and their discriminatory actions will impute liability to the Department.
For that reason, we recommend contractors take this training.
EEO, Diversity, and Conflict Management Training for
Managers and Supervisors - Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Diversity,
Conflict Management and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)—provides the
knowledge and tools necessary to meet legal obligations and supervisory responsibilities
in the areas of EEO; anti-discrimination laws, guidances, and executive orders;
reasonable accommodation; Schedule A hiring; diversity and inclusion terminology
and benefits; diversity of thought; cultural and generational diversity; cultural
competency; cross-cultural communication; the Uniformed Services Employment and
Reemployment Rights Act; conflict management; ADR; and complaints processing. This
course must be completed by managers and supervisors by September 30, 2013, and
every two years thereafter.
Prevention of Workplace Harassment/No FEAR
- This online course from the Talent Management System outlines the rights federal
employees have under antidiscrimination and whistleblower laws and provide details
on how the No FEAR Act is being implemented.
Office of Personnel Management
- A series of quick training videos on a range of subjects to help you achieve your
mission and important recruitment, hiring and diversity objectives.
EEOC Training Institute - The Training
Institute provides a wide variety of training programs to help employers understand,
prevent, and correct discrimination in the workplace.
USALearning - OPM's government
wide e-training service. Free courses cover sexual harassment, personnel practices,
and leading through change.