The Beginning

The Beginning

The Institute for Federal Leadership in Diversity & Inclusion is the vision of Dr. Youlanda Gibbons, Professor of Sociology, author, and diversity strategist, and Bruce Stewart, former Deputy Director of OPM Office of Diversity & Inclusion, author, and consultant.

The Institute purposes to provide high quality education and training for federal employees in diversity and inclusion (D&I).

On June 15-17, 2016, the Institute was launched at Georgetown University, Washington D.C. Ten (10) faculty members were invited to teach classes in the key competency areas of Strategic Leadership and Strategic Communication from the academy, federal government, corporate and non-profit sectors

Dynamic keynote and featured speakers imparted insight and knowledge concerning the emerging profession of D&I in government. The Institute was presented by partner organizations—Georgetown University Office of Institutional Diversity & Equity, the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, with participation by the Office of Personnel Management Office of Diversity & Inclusion. Currently, the Institute is executed by the Executive Director and staff.