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FBI Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The FBI values and leverages differences, opinions, and perspectives to build a workforce that reflects the communities that we work to serve and protect.

Highlights

  • Dedicated Office of Diversity and Inclusion 
  • Diversity recruitment events hosted year-round
  • Employee advocacy and resource groups available to join
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Our Commitment

The FBI is committed to maintaining a diverse workforce and inclusive workplace that integrates equity across the entire organization. Our greatest asset is our people and they are imperative to ensuring the FBI can build trust, uphold the Constitution, and serve all communities.

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Director of FBI shaking the hand of an FBI employee while handing them a certificate

"The diversity and inclusion of our workforce is something I care deeply about...because the success of our efforts impacts our operations, our culture, and our future."

FBI Director

Christopher Wray 

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Our Initiatives

Diversity Agent Recruitment (DAR)

Diversity Agent Recruitment (DAR) events are information sessions hosted in cities across the country to encourage minority and female professionals to apply to become a special agent with the FBI.

During a DAR event, you interact directly with FBI personnel and learn first-hand about being a special agent.

Upcoming DAR Events

Dallas

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Omaha

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Boston

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Knoxville

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Sacramento

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Pittsburgh

Tuesday, August 30, 2022 (Virtual)

Milwaukee

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Las Vegas

Wednesday, October 5, 2022 (Virtual)

Many DAR events are currently taking place virtually and you can attend regardless of your location. Check back soon for registration links!

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Beacon Project

The Beacon Project seeks to foster a genuine, long-lasting relationship between Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and the FBI.

As part of the project, we have boosted recruiting at MSIs, met with presidents and academic leaders, and improved our community outreach, connection, and partnerships.

Upcoming Beacon Information Sessions

Check back soon! New events are being added all the time!

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Our Culture

Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI)

ODI was established in 2013 to develop and execute strategies that support our diverse workforce and foster a culture that integrates diversity, equity, and inclusion. Linked together, diversity and inclusion drive innovation and enable us to attract and retain our workforce. ​It is essential to the success of our mission that we foster an organizational culture where you feel comfortable speaking up, contributing your perspective, and being yourself at work. ​

Once accepted into the FBI, you can get involved by joining a Diversity Advisory Committee (DAC) or Employee Resource Group (ERG), serving as a Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator, and participating in the Cross-Cultural Mentoring and Sponsorship Program.

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McMillion Quote

"Our intentional efforts to diversify are crucial to creating an inclusive workforce and keeping the American public safe through effective and efficient investigations."

Chief Diversity Officer

Scott McMillion

Diversity Advisory Committees (DAC)

DACs serve as formal champions of issues, solutions, and topics that affect underrepresented communities within our workforce. The committees work to improve employee experiences, encourage engagement in diversity, equity, and inclusion matters, and promote cultural awareness activities. Our DACs have made impactful changes within our workplace such as spearheading the addition of reflection and meditation spaces across the FBI, leading the establishment of lactation rooms and supplies for nursing mothers, as well as proposing changes to our leadership selection process to promote equity, to name a few.

Once you are an FBI employee, you can apply to be on the leadership team of a DAC, volunteer to be on a sub-committee, or join a DAC distribution list to learn about and participate in DAC programs, initiatives, or events.

  • American Indian and Alaska Native Advisory Committee (AIANAC)

  • Asian Pacific American Advisory Committee (APAAC)

  • Black Affairs Diversity Committee (BADC)

  • Bureau Equality (BE)

  • Hispanic Advisory Board (HAB)

  • Near and Middle East Advisory Committee (NMEAC)

  • Persons with Disabilities Advisory Committee (PDAC)

  • Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee (VAAC)

  • Women’s Advisory Committee (WAC)

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Employee Resource Groups (ERG)

ERGs are informal, employee-led groups that connect employees with shared interests to network and support one another. These groups bring awareness to barriers and issues impacting their members​ and advocate for solutions.

Once you are an FBI employee, you can join an ERG and participate in networking events, development opportunities, and volunteer-led projects and programs.

  • FBI African American Millennials (FAAM)

  • FBI Family

  • FBI Latinos for Empowerment Advancement and Development (LEAD)

  • FBI Pride

  • Federal Asian Pacific American Counsel

  • Federally Employed Women (FEW)

  • From Boots to Suits

  • Toastmasters Club

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Diversity and Inclusion Coordinators

Diversity and Inclusion Coordinators serve as extensions of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion within their local office.​ Diversity and Inclusion Coordinators host special events, guest speakers, and recruitment initiatives within their division in coordination with FBI-wide diversity and inclusion programming.

Once you are an FBI employee, you can volunteer to be a part-time coordinator to assist your local office in creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace.

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Cross Cultural Mentoring and Sponsorship (CCMS)

The Cross-Cultural Mentoring and Sponsorship program provides 1:1 paired mentoring between a mentor and mentee of a different gender, ethnicity, or race to enhance networking and increase FBI leadership diversity. The program provides mentoring workshops and job shadowing opportunities, as well as countless professional development resources. Employees can apply to join during the annual open season. 

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Diversity - Bridgette Trela

"I've held many roles, which is one of my favorite things about the Bureau - the vast opportunities it offers its employees. I've been assigned to six different FBI offices and worked in 11 foreign countries, numerous U.S. states, and three U.S. territories."

FBI Supervisory

Special Agent

Our Demographics

The FBI prioritizes meeting diversity goals and being transparent with where we’re at. There is still work to be done but we are constantly making progress to ensure the FBI is a place where people from every background, culture, and perspective can belong and succeed.​

Current Workforce

Year-to-date FY22

26.8%

Ethnic and Racial Minority

45.0%

Female

4.3%

People with Disabilities

2.3%

LGBT+

Racial/Ethnic Minority Representation Across the FBI

Year-to-date FY22

Racial Ethnic Workplace Graph

Racial Ethnic Workplace Graph

Racial Ethnic Workplace Graph

Female Representation Across the FBI

Year-to-date FY22

Female Representation Graph

Female Representation Graph

Female Representation Graph

Our Stories