To ensure continued success, our Navy must attract and influence the Nation's most talented and eligible workforce to serve. By partnering with major stakeholders, Navy will continue to attract academically competitive, well-rounded, diverse candidates with strong science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills, as well as retain the valuable talent we already possess. Partnerships with affinity groups are a critical part of this strategy.
Service members or Navy civilian employees electing to join affinity groups frequently do so because they share common background, cultural or formative experiences. Affinity groups have the inherent ability to invoke trust, openness, and a sense of responsibility in their members. Membership in an affinity group can provide a neutral forum for Sailors to receive guidance on issues such as career difficulties, choices that may impact advancement, and decisions concerning life-work balance. Affinity groups provide opportunities to develop mentoring relationships with someone of a similar background, or with specific concerns related to the affinity group's focus. They also provide a means for Sailors to conduct outreach, engage in professional development activities, and develop a richer sense of espirit de corps.
Throughout the federal government, there are numerous affinity groups organized to augment the professional development, mentoring, advocacy and volunteer opportunities available to their members. The following are a number of available groups:
Blacks in Government (BIG): Blacks In Government was established in 1975 by a small group of African Americans at the Public Health Services, which is a part of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare in Rockville, Maryland. BIG has been a national response to the need for African Americans in public service to organize around issues of mutual concern and use their collective strength to confront workplace and community issues. BIG's goals are to promote equality in all aspects of American life, excellence in public service, and opportunity for all Americans.
Federal Asian/Pacific American Council (FAPAC): FAPAC was founded in 1985 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization representing civilian and military Asian Pacific American (APA) employees in the federal and District of Columbia governments. The primary purpose of FAPAC is to serve as an interagency association, providing a focus for over thirty ethnically distinct groups originating from Asian and Pacific regions as recognized by the United States Bureau of the Census.
Federally Employed Women (FEW): Federally Employed Women is a membership organization working for the elimination of sexual harassment and for the advancement of women in government. This will be accomplished by encouraging diversity and equality in the workplace; enhancing career opportunities for women; establishing and maintaining relationships with organizations to advocate the fair application of EEO and personnel laws, policies, procedures, and practices; improving the quality of life for women by influencing Congressional and Administration actions; committing to achieve and maintain a unified and diverse membership; and providing opportunities for professional growth through leadership development, education, mentoring, and networking.
Federal Employees with Disabilities (FEDs): FEDs is an assembly of current, former, and retired federal employees with and without disabilities, people with disabilities who have an interest in becoming a federal employee and those who are interested in improving the federal government’s rate of employing, retaining, and advancing people with disabilities. We are committed to encouraging equality in the workplace and the advancement and professional growth of people with disabilities in the federal service; enhancing career opportunities; establishing and maintaining relationships with organizations to advocate the fair application of laws, policies, procedures, and practices; improving the quality of life for people with disabilities by taking actions to improve their workplace; and committing to maintain a unified and diverse membership.
FedQ: Fosters an environment in the federal government where employees have the opportunity to achieve their full potential in a safe and inclusive environment free from discrimination on the basis of sex, particularly with respect to sexual orientation and gender identity. FedQ ensures that all federal personnel, and the public served by the federal government, are provided with equal access to services and benefits without regard to sexual orientation or gender identity.
National Image: National Image Inc., A National Hispanic Organization, is a 501(3)(c) nonprofit, advocacy organization established in 1971. Its mission is to empower Hispanics through leadership development, by advocating for Employment, Education and Civil Rights.
Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE): SAIGE was formed to promote the recruitment, hiring, retention, development and advancement of American Indians and Alaska Natives in the Government workforce and assist our respective agencies/organizations in fulfilling the Federal Trust Responsibilities.
Public advocacy groups are organized around specific causes, such as employment, education or civil rights. Many professional development, mentoring, outreach and volunteer opportunities are available to individuals by participating in these groups. The following are a number of groups with which the Navy collaborates.
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU): Established in 1986, HACU represents more than 450 colleges and universities committed to Hispanic higher education success in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Latin America, Spain and Portugal. U.S. member institutions are home to more than two-thirds of all Hispanic college students. HACU is the only national educational association that represents Hispanic-serving institutions. Leaders of HACU member and partner colleges and universities join public policymakers, key federal agency leaders, allied organizations, corporate, community and philanthropic representatives at what has become a powerful national platform for winning public- and private-sector support for Hispanic higher education. Key to these strategic forums are annual visits to Capitol Hill, which allow leaders in the Hispanic higher education community to interact directly with key members of the House and Senate.
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) White House Initiative: The purpose of this White House Initiative is to strengthen the capacity of HBCUs to provide excellence in education. This event is designed to highlight the achievements of HBCUs, as well as to discuss many of the critical issues that are currently impacting institutions of higher education.
League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC): LULAC seeks to advance the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, health, and civil rights of the Hispanic population in the United States. The organization held its first national conference in 1929 and sponsors programs in leadership, corporate alliance, literacy, citizenship, housing, integration, and youth leadership seminars.
MANA - A National Latina Organization: Founded in 1974 as the Mexican-American Women's National Association, MANA is the single largest pan-Latina organization in the United States. MANA values: the empowerment of Latinas, positive risk taking, community activism, sharing of culture and heritage, defining our own agenda, creative and critical thinking, equality and fairness, and honoring and valuing the contributions of Latinas.
National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO): The mission of NAFEO is to champion the interests of historically and predominantly black colleges and universities with the executive, legislative, regulatory and judicial branches of federal and state government and with corporations, foundations, associations and non-governmental organizations; to provide services to NAFEO members; to build the capacity of HBCUs, their executives, administrators, faculty, staff and students; and to serve as an international voice and advocate for the preservation and enhancement of historically and predominantly black colleges and universities and for blacks in higher education.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP): Formed in 1909 by a multiracial group, the NAACP is a non-profit organization with the principal objective of ensuring the political, educational, social, and economic equality of minority citizens and eliminating racial prejudice. The NAACP is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights organization.
Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF): The mission of the TMCF is to develop and prepare a new generation of leaders by providing scholarships, resources, opportunities and advocacy to public Historically Black Colleges and Universities, students and alumni.
Sea Service affinity groups are organized to augment the professional development, mentoring, advocacy and volunteer opportunities available to members of the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. The following are a number of groups with which the Navy collaborates.
AcademyWomen: AcademyWomen was founded in 2003 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the professional and personal growth of women from the nation’s premier military academies and officer development programs. The organization was created as a ready source of support, mentorship, and personal and professional development. AcademyWomen provides supplemental sources of education, leadership development opportunities, and resources. AcademyWomen is a global leadership organization of current and former military officers, cadets, midshipmen, candidates and all other individuals committed to the success of AcademyWomen’s mission.
Association of Naval Aviation (ANA): The mission of the ANA is to educate the general public about the overall military status of the United States; to encourage widespread interest as to the importance of Naval Aviation in the defense of the United States and its allies; to stimulate the collection, preservation, and display of historical material concerning the history of naval aviation; and to encourage scientific and technical development of naval aviation.
Association of Naval Services Officers (ANSO): ANSO was created after Hispanic officers expressed a concern that they were not fully represented in the officer corps or in the pipeline accession programs. Historically, the Honorable Edward Hidalgo, then Secretary of the Navy, convened the Hispanic Officer Recruitment Conference (HORC) in December 1980 to closely examine issues, develop initiatives, and resolve problems confronting the Naval Services in attracting qualified Hispanics for officer programs. ANSO assists with officer recruitment and retention efforts in the Hispanic Community, supports and nurtures junior enlisted personnel desiring to apply for Officer programs, and fosters the professional growth and development of Hispanic Sea Services personnel through mentoring, networking, training, and educational programs.
Fleet Reserve Association (FRA): FRA works to preserve and enhance benefits and quality-of-life programs for members of the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. The organization represents the enlisted perspective in dialogue with members of Congress, giving voice to members’ concerns. FRA also assists our shipmates in solving individual career and entitlement problems.
National Chief Petty Officers Association (CPOA): The CPOA exists to generate world-wide awareness of the importance of Regular and Reserve Chief Petty Officers in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard, to encourage accelerated advancement in those services through study and accomplishment, to conduct conventions with such members of the NCPOA to foster camaraderie and good fellowship, to maintain true allegiance to the Government of the United States of America, and to promote patriotism and pride in their service in the U.S. Navy or U.S. Coast Guard.
National Naval Officers Association (NNOA): National Naval Officers Association actively supports the Sea Services in the development of a diverse officer corps through recruitment, retention, and career development. NNOA is essential in maintaining operational readiness by providing professional development, mentoring, and support of cultural awareness. NNOA establishes and maintains a positive image of the Sea Services in communities and educational institutions.
Naval Airship Association (NAA): The mission of NAA is to gather, perpetuate, and disseminate the Lighter-Than-Air expertise and knowledge that has been accumulated during the U.S. Navy’s long involvement with the development and employment of L.T.A. principles in military aviation; to support and assist the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation, Inc. (NAMF) and the National Naval Aviation Museum (NNAM) in their joint purpose of informing and educating the public on the important role of U.S. Naval Aviation, with specific reference to the Lighter-Than-Air segment; and to support and assist U.S. Government agencies in current and future Lighter-Than-Air development and applications.
Naval Enlisted Reserve Association (NERA): NERA is the only military and veterans organization representing the ENLISTED RESERVIST members of the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. NERA also includes retirees, Full-Time Support (FTS), drilling reservists, and others joining as associate members supporting our enlisted sea service reservists.
Naval Helicopter Association (NHA): NHA's mission is to promote the development and use of naval vertical lift aircraft in the United States Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard; to provide a forum whereby persons in these organizations involved with vertical lift aircraft can interact with each other at meetings and conventions; and to provide recognition to those persons who have made significant contributions to those purposes. In pursuing these objectives, NHA keeps members informed of new developments and accomplishments in vertical lift aircraft.
Naval Officer Mentorship Association (NOMA): The strategic goal of NOMA is the effective mentoring of all Naval Officers across the spectrum of diversity. The organization helps its members make the most informed career decisions, increase community outreach, drastically improve career retention, broaden the understanding of career opportunities, and directly recruit the best qualified officers into the Naval services. Another major focus of NOMA is centered on the Asian Pacific Islander (API) officer community; a fundamental goal is to provide the opportunity for the diverse API population to establish contacts across the service as well as develop the critical awareness of all the professional and social networks within the Naval services.
Naval Weather Service Association (NWSA): The NWSA membership is composed of active and retired Aerographers Mates, Aerologists, Meteorologists, Oceanographers, and civilians with backgrounds or interests in the weather/meteorology field. While the majority of its members are Navy, NWSA has members from all branches of service. NWSA maintains regional chapters around the country.
Navy Cruiser Sailor Association: The Association's mission is to: perpetuate the interest in U.S. Navy Cruisers; establish a line of communication and comradery among Sailors, Airmen, and Marines who served aboard a U.S. Navy Cruiser; establish an informative newsletter with interesting stories about past and present events; offer assistance to individual ship associations and U.S. Naval Cruiser Memorials; and aid and assist veterans, their widows, and orphans.
Navy Cryptologic Reserve Association: The Association's functions include: conducting a periodic reunion; providing fraternal, social, and recreational activities for members and guests; advocating strong and adequate U.S. Armed Forces, sufficient to maintain security interests worldwide; supporting efforts to preserve and strengthen the security of the cryptologic agencies of the Department of Defense; and encouraging and supporting the preservation of the history of cryptology by members of the Association and appropriate Federal agencies.
Navy Divers Association: Navy Divers and diver support personnel are encouraged to use the web community, which has been designed specifically for your enjoyment and to facilitate communication between all active, inactive, and retired Navy Divers and Diver Support Personnel.
Navy Helicopter Veteran's Association: The Association seeks to: promote fraternalism and camaraderie among its total qualified membership wholly by establishing reunions at locations to be determined by member vote. Reunions are currently held on a two year schedule, maintain continuity within the U.S. Naval Helicopter community, and provide a source of funding for donations to U.S. Naval charities.
Navy League Organization: The Organization's mission is to educate American citizens about the importance of sea power to U.S. national security and to support the men and women of the sea services and their families.
Navy Minesweeper Ocean Association (MSOA): The Association's goal is to preserve the memory of all 101 MSO's, as a memorial to the men who served on any of those sweeps, anywhere in the world and in many foreign countries. It is dedicated to the brotherhood of all past Sailors as well as the education, focus, and raising of awareness concerning the history of MSO's and their role in preserving and keeping the world's sea-lanes and harbors safe and free of mines.
Navy Musicians Association: The purpose of the Navy Musicians Association is to bring together, through annual reunions, past and present members of navy bands; to promote camaraderie; to emphasize the importance of music in the Navy; and to maintain liaison with active bands in the Navy and Marine Corps, in order to preserve the tradition of Navy music.
Navy Mustang Association: The Association's purpose is to: inspire love of the Sea Service and Country, provide members an opportunity to improve camaraderie both socially and professionally, provide a forum for communication of matters of mutual interest, uphold reverence of the memory of our departed shipmates, and to perpetuate and preserve historical records of MUSTANGS and their achievements.
Navy Nuclear Weapons Association: The Navy Nuclear Weapons Association (NNWA) is a nationwide organization of military and civilian participants in the US Navy Department nuclear weapons program during the years 1946 to present.
Navy Nurse Corps Association (NNCA): Established in 1987, the Navy Nurse Corps Association is a non-profit, national organization dedicated to bringing Navy Nurses together. The NNCA is an association for caring and sharing, where what matters most is not rank, but being, or having been, a Navy Nurse. Any Navy Nurse Corps Officer, whether Active Duty, Reserves, Retired, or Honorably Discharged, may join the NNCA.
Navy Postal Clerks Association: The purpose of the Association is to: promote the social welfare of the Navy Postal Clerk community; conduct programs for charitable and educational purposes; sponsor or participate in activities patriotic in nature; and provide social and recreational activities for its members.
Navy Radiomen Association: The Association was established in 1989, as a community of interested organizations operating exclusively to foster brotherhood, professionalism, and camaraderie among members of the U.S. Navy Radioman and Information Systems Technician ratings.
Sea Service Leadership Association (SSLA): Formerly known as the Women Officers Professional Association (WOPA), SSLA has been supporting motivated Sea Service officers since 1978. It supports the professional development of its members and serves as a forum of information about the Sea Services. SSLA’s goals are to foster and encourage education and development, provide a forum for discussion of common issues and concerns affecting all military career fields, promote career planning, provide educational materials concerning matters of interest, and provide networking opportunities for members to help them gain fresh insights and access to information sources as well as establish personal contacts.
Surface Navy Association (SNA): SNA was incorporated in 1985 to promote greater coordination and communication among those in the military, business, and academic communities who share a common interest in Naval Surface Warfare and to support the activities of Surface Naval Forces. SNA provides its members with support, programs, and activities that enable professional growth, personal satisfaction, and camaraderie.
Tailhook Association: The purpose of the Association is to foster, encourage, develop, study, and support the aircraft carrier, sea-based aircraft, both fixed and rotary wing, and aircrews of the United States of America; and to educate and inform the public in the appropriate role of the aircraft carrier and carrier aviation in the nation's defense system.
UDT-SEAL Association: Membership benefits include the quarterly editions of The BLAST, Journal of Navy Frogmen, an annual Directory of Members, and free admission to many events at both the East and West Coast UDT-SEAL Association Annual Reunions. In addition, dependents of members whose membership has been in good standing for three prior consecutive years to the year of application may be eligible for the UDT-SEAL Scholarship program.
U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association: The Association's mission is to serve and support the United States, the Naval Service, the Naval Academy, and its alumni by: furthering the highest standards at the Naval Academy; seeking out, informing, encouraging, and assisting outstanding, qualified young men and women to pursue careers as officers in the Navy and Marine Corps through the Naval Academy; and initiating and sponsoring activities which will perpetuate the history, traditions, memories, and growth of the Naval Academy and bind alumni together in support of the highest ideals of command, citizenship, and government.
U.S. Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association: The Association's primary focus is the preservation of our rich Naval cryptologic history. Cryptologists' uniqueness is founded in the pioneering spirit of the Association's oldest members who were trained in the 1930s to intercept and decode Japanese Katakana transmissions, and in its youngest members who are singled out and recognized annually from the ranks of currently serving Naval Cryptologists as the best representatives of those early pioneers.
As our Navy continues to evolve and remain the preeminent maritime force, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills will also remain a top priority. A significant percentage of Navy's jobs in the fleet are technical in nature, and we must continue to recruit and retain academically competitive, well-rounded diverse candidates with STEM aptitudes, analytical thinking, and problem-solving skills.
The following are a number of STEM-focused affinity groups with which the Navy has ongoing collaboration. These groups provide individuals with a forum for idea exchange, professional development, training, mentoring and volunteer opportunities.
American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES): AISES is a national, nonprofit organization, which nurtures building of community by bridging science and technology with traditional Native values. Through its educational programs, AISES provides opportunities for American Indians and Alaska Natives to pursue studies in science, engineering, and technology arenas. The trained professionals then become technologically informed leaders within the Indian community. AISES' ultimate goal is to be a catalyst for the advancement of American Indians and Native Alaskans as they seek to become self-reliant and self-determined members of society.
Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA): BDPA is a global member focused organization that serves the professional well-being of its stakeholders. BDPA remains committed to excellence and providing a wide spectrum of resources to members, corporate sponsors, businesses, educational institutions and the community. The organization is a catalyst for professional growth and technical development for those in the IT industry.
Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA): For more than two decades, the BEYA STEM Global Competitiveness Conference has attracted top professionals and students from every part of the nation and every field of science, engineering, and technology. It provides opportunities to acquire and retain talent, to learn and network among the best and brightest technology minds in the country. Since 1986, the conference has served as an invaluable tool to recognize outstanding achievement of African-Americans in companies across America.
Great Minds in STEM (GMIS): GMIS's mission is to enlighten our nation about the achievements of Hispanics in engineering, science, technology, and math; to motivate and educate more students to pursue careers in these fields; to increase the role the Hispanic community plays in maintaining America’s status as the world’s technology leader.
Hispanic Engineering, Science & Technology (HESTEC) Project: HESTEC is organized by the University of Texas-Pan American in conjunction with the office of Congressman Rubén Hinojosa. HESTEC project objectives include emphasizing the importance of science literacy to young students, encouraging students to consider careers in science, engineering, mathematics and technology, and promoting higher education to all children and their parents. HESTEC is a year-round program that culminates in a weeklong event held on the UTPA campus. During this week, events are held for educators, students and parents that emphasize the importance of science literacy.
National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE): The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), consisting of more than 30,000 members, is one of the largest student-managed organizations in the country. NSBE strives to stimulate and develop student interest in the various engineering disciplines, increase the number of minority students studying engineering at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, encourage members to seek advanced degrees in engineering or related fields and to obtain professional engineering registrations, promote public awareness of engineering and the opportunities for Blacks and other minorities in that profession and function as a representative body on issues and developments affecting the careers of Black Engineers.
National Women of Color (NWOC) in Technology: For more than twelve years, the National Women of Color Technology Awards has recognized the significant accomplishments of minority women in the digital world, and worked to attract and leverage talent in innovative, professional and technical positions.
Patriots Technology Training Center (PTTC): “Empowering Students Through Technology” has been our mission for twelve years by increasing the number of students (5th to 12th grades) entering science, mathematics, engineering, and computer technology leading to college education and career paths in those interrelated fields. Over the years we have partnered with some of the major technology, government and foundations to support our mission.
Philippine Nurses Association of America, Inc. (PNAA): PNAA is a nonprofit professional organization whose objective is to uphold the image and preserve the cultural contributions of Filipinos and Filipino American Nurses in the New England area. Its objectives are to promote and advance nursing education with focus on the learning needs of Filipino nurses, improve the quality of health care through the promotion of excellence in nursing practice and the nursing profession.
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE): The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) was founded in Los Angeles, California, in 1974 by a group of engineers employed by the city of Los Angeles. Their objective was to form a national organization of professional engineers to serve as role models in the Hispanic community. The concept of Networking was the key basis for the organization. SHPE quickly established two student chapters to begin the network that would grow to encompass the nation as well as reach countries outside the United States. Today, SHPE enjoys a strong but independent network of professional and student chapters throughout the nation.
Society of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists (MAES): MAES was founded in 1974 to increase the number of Mexican Americans and other Hispanics in the technical and scientific fields. By projecting the positive image of its members and their accomplishments, MAES helps to improve the perception of Mexican Americans. By providing a networking and nurturing environment, members are able to develop and hone their leadership, communication, management, and technical skills while improving the educational state of America.
Society of Women Engineers (SWE): SWE, founded in 1950, is a not-for-profit educational and service organization. SWE is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career aspiration for women. SWE empowers women to succeed and advance in those aspirations and be recognized for their life-changing contributions and achievements as engineers and leaders.
Tuskegee Airmen Inc. (TAI): TAI is dedicated to honoring the accomplishments and perpetuating the history of African-Americans who participated in air crew, ground crew and operations support training in the Army Air Corps during WWII; introducing young people across the nation to the world of aviation and science through local and national programs such as Young Eagles and TAI youth programs; and providing annual scholarships and awards to deserving individuals, groups and corporations whose deeds lend support to TAI's goals.
Women in Aviation International (WAI): WAI is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the encouragement and advancement of women in all aviation career fields and interests. WAI’s 7,000+ membership includes astronauts, corporate pilots, maintenance technicians, air traffic controllers, business owners, educators, journalists, flight attendants, high school and university students, air show performers, airport managers and many others. WAI provides year-round resources to assist women in aviation and to encourage young women to consider aviation as a career. WAI also offers educational outreach programs to educators, aviation industry members and young people nationally and internationally.
Please note: There are many affinity groups around the country with respected charters, and this is not an exhaustive list.
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