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Past Events

Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month Banquet 2018

The 2018 Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month banquet was hosted by the Korean-American Midshipmen Association at the Naval Academy Club. The event was a celebration of the culture, traditions and contributions that Asian American and Pacific Islanders have made to the service. We were delighted to welcome Rear Admiral Jonathan A. Yuen ’83 back to the yard as the keynote speaker. He gave great words of wisdom and gave an important speech about the importance of inclusion and diversity in the workplace. And prior to departing he also left us with three principles that have served him well:

  1. Have a Servant’s Heart.
  2. Use a Bedside Manner.
  3. Have a Socratic Mindset.

 Top: RADM Jonathan Yuen  Right: CAPT Derrick Turner

Women's History Month Banquet 2018

Members of the Joy Bright Hancock Organization (JBHO) concluded Women's History Month with a banquet at the Naval Academy Club. The evening's guest speaker was Ms. Meghan Ogilvie, CEO of Dog Tag Inc. Their mission is to empower service-disabled veterans, military spouses, and caregivers to discover personal and professional fulfillment in the civilian world through an innovative business and entrepreneurship fellowship program. Ms. Ogilvie's speech was inspiring and she spoke of three important topics:

  1. Life is full of unexpected opportunities, don't be afraid to go after them.
  2. You have to be hungry and relentless in the pursuit of your goals.
  3. Take someone with you, mentor those who are also trying to achieve. 

To conclude her speech she put a Women's History Month spin on Theodore Roosevelt's "Man in the Arena" titled "Woman in the Arena."

Black History Month Banquet 2018

The Midshipmen Black Studies Club hosted the 2018 Black History Month Banquet at the N Star Room in Navy Marine Corps Stadium.  The event's guest Speaker was Reverend Dr. Francys Johnson, brother to USNA's YNC Tina Colding (biography displayed below).  Reverend Johnson gave a great speech that was driven by 3 P's: Pay Homage, Pay Attention, and Pay it Forward.  United States Naval Academy Minority Association (USNAMA) also presented a $10,000 check to the Naval Academy Alumni Foundation in order to support Gospel Choir trips, Summer Seminar and STEM Scholarships. Lastly, the Chenault Leadership Series was introduced by Captain Tamika Lindsay on behalf of Mr. Kenneth Chenault, an American business executive and former CEO and Chairman of American Express.  Mr. Chenault is donating a total of $100,000 dollars to develop a leadership series that is meant to inspire Midshipmen and hopefully produce the next Admiral, General, or Fortune 500 CEO.  

  Top-left: (from left to right) Rev. Dr. Francys Johnson, LCDR Robert Crosby, VADM Walter E. Carter Jr. (USNA Superintendent), Honorable B.J. Penn, Dr. William F. Bundy                                                                                              Middle: (from left to right) VADM D.C. Curtis, RADM Julius S. Caesar, CAPT Timikia Lindsay, Mr. Byron F. Marchant, Mr. Carl Willis, VADM Walter E. Carter Jr., Mr. Bruce Latta

Black History Month Mentoring Panel 2018

In celebration of Black History Month, USNA organized a dynamic panel of active duty and retired Flag and General Officers for a discussion on leadership, innovation, and mentorship highlighting work from Inspiring Innovation, the first publication from the John A van Beuren Leadership and Ethics Series from the Naval War College.

Panelists included:
  • The Honorable B.J. Penn, former Secretary of the Navy
  • ADM Cecil D. Haney (Ret.), Navy’s 2nd Black four-star Admiral and former Commander, U.S. Strategic Command
  • VADM Kevin D. Scott, Navy’s Active Senior Black Aviator and Director of Joint Force Development, J7
  • RDML Annie B. Andrews (Ret.), Navy’s 3rd Black Female Admiral and former Commander, Navy Recruiting Command
  • BGen Brian W. Cavanaugh, Deputy Commander, Marine Forces Pacific

Moderator – LCDR Robert Crosby, Jr., author of Inspiring Innovation and former Submarine Officer

Inspiring Innovation documents the operational, policy, and technical contributions of Vice Admiral Samuel L. Gravely, Jr. and the Black Admirals that followed in the trail he blazed as the first Black U.S. Navy Admiral. The book captures the personal stories of the admirals and leaders who followed VADM Gravely and the honor, commitment, and moral courage it took to follow in his path of extraordinary personal achievement and senior leadership.

Top: (from left to right) The Honorable B.J. Penn, Admiral Cecil D. Haney, VADM Kevin D. Scott, RDML Annie B. Andrews, BGen Brian W. Cavanaugh, LCDR Robert Crosby

After the panel, Midshipmen went to separate breakout rooms to receive additional mentorship from several retired Admirals and senior military personnel.


ANSO Mentoring Night (January 2018)

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).

BHM Banquet Group Photo 2017

MIDN and Guest of Honor RADM Larry Chambers (Ret.) (USNA Class of 1952) at the 2017 BHM Banquet

Gospel Choir

MIDN 1/C Jarred Red-Dixon performs during the 2017 BHM Gospel Choir Concert

LT Abernethy

LT Alana Abernethy sings along to USNA "Blue and Gold" at the 2017 BHM Banquet

Marti with RADM Chambers

USNA Strategic Outreach Coordinator Mrs. Marti Kwon speaks with RADM Larry Chambers

Poetry Slam

USNA MIDN pose for a photo after the 2017 BHM Annual Poetry Slam

RADM Chambers

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.

Graduating Class


CDO with Dr Gibbons

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.

Col Aytes and Mr. MacDonald

King Hall Lunch

NAHM Banquet

NAHM Banquet

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.

A Facebook album from the event can be found here.

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).

More information, including videos of the keynotes and panels, can be found here, and photos from the conference are located here.

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.

"Ability, not Gender" USNA Museum Exhibition

USNA "80's Night" Story

USNA Alumni Association & Foundation 40 Years of Women Video

Navy Athletics 40 Years of Women Video

Washington Post Article on 40 Years of Women at USNA

Senator Mikulski Senate Resolution

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.

SHYP Website and Photos

Capital Gazette Article on SHYP

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