ANSO Mentoring Night
This January, various members of the Association of Naval Services Officers (ANSO) met with Midshipmen here on the Yard and held a mentoring session, where several topics related to life outside the Naval Academy were discussed. Opportunities to interact with officers from various services and career fields like this make professional organizations like ANSO so vital to developing well-rounded Midshipmen.
Black History Month
This past February, the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, & Equal Opportunity, in partnership with the Midshipmen Black Studies Club, celebrated Black History Month with a multitude of events throughout the Yard. Included in the photos below are just some of these celebrations, including a Gospel Choir concert, Poetry Slam, and culminating Banquet - which featured Rear Admiral Larry Chambers (USNA '52) as our guest of honor. RADM Chambers is the oldest living African-American graduate of the Naval Academy and first USNA grad to reach flag rank, in addition to being just the second African American to graduate from USNA (behind LCDR Wesley Brown).
MIDN and Guest of Honor RADM Larry Chambers (Ret.) (USNA Class of 1952) at the 2017 BHM Banquet
MIDN 1/C Jarred Red-Dixon performs during the 2017 BHM Gospel Choir Concert
LT Alana Abernethy sings along to USNA "Blue and Gold" at the 2017 BHM Banquet
USNA Strategic Outreach Coordinator Mrs. Marti Kwon speaks with RADM Larry Chambers
USNA MIDN pose for a photo after the 2017 BHM Annual Poetry Slam
RADM Larry Chambers is presented with a USNA track suit following his remarks at the 2017 BHM Banquet
USNA ODIEO Staff Diversity & Inclusion Certificate of Mastery Graduation
USNA Chief Diversity Officer CAPT Pat Williams and Assistant Chief Diversity Officer LT Bailey Hackbarth recently completed a Certificate of Mastery in Diversity and Inclusion program in February. The Institute for Federal Leadership in Diversity and Inclusion, a collaboration between Georgetown University and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, convened from 2016-2017 and certified our staff in six core competencies for D&I. CAPT Williams and LT Hackbarth were among the 1st graduating class.
Native American Heritage Month
This November, USNA celebrated Native American Heritage Month - and was proud to welcome the President of the Navajo Code talkers Association and one of only 13 surviving Code Talkers from World War II Mr. Peter MacDonald.
Below are some photos from the events, courtesy of Ms. Hope MacDonald LoneTree and Prof. Christy Stanlake.
Hispanic Heritage Month
From September 15 - October 15 USNA celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month. The USNA Latin American Studies Club put on a successful HHM banquet on 23 September 2016 that celebrated the accomplishments and contributions of Latinos across the fleet.
Midshipmen, faculty, and staff also celebrated the month with Anne Arundel County Latino community members and leaders in October. A video summary of the event can be found here.
2016 USNI History Conference
The annual conference of the U.S. Naval Institute was held at USNA from 8-9 September 2016 and was titled "The Athena Conference: Heroines of Past, Present and Future”—honored ground breaking women across services and industries, in and outside of the military. Speakers included General Ann Dunwoody, USA (Ret.), Vice Admiral Jan Tighe '84, USN, Ms. Mary Barra (CEO/Chairman of General Motors Company), and Ms. Indra Nooyi (CEO/Chairman Pepsico).
40 Years of Women at USNA
2016 marks the 40th anniversary of women being inducted into the Naval Academy, and USNA has been celebrating through various events and recognitions throughout the year.
Summer Heroes Youth Program (SHYP)
The USNA STEM Center and the Office of Diversity hosted the Summer Heroes Youth Program (SHYP) onsite at the U.S. Naval Academy in June 2016. This pilot program, facilitated by dedicated midshipmen, introduced middle school students from Baltimore, MD to the excitement of studying science, technology, engineering and math, while being mentored by midshipmen role models.