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Office of Diversity and Inclusion

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) will serve as the leader and primary advisor within APHIS for the Department's Cultural Transformation Initiative that supports Executive Order 13583, a government-wide initiative to promote and manage Diversity and Inclusion in the Federal Workforce.

Serve as the advocate of the USDA Cultural Transformation Plan and efforts including the Department –Wide Diversity and Inclusion Plan by transforming policy into practice to create a workplace where there is equity of opportunity and all employees are treated with dignity and respect and empowered to reach their full potential.

Collaborates and coordinates with Human Resources to implement diversity in hiring, retention and promotion to create a diverse, results-oriented, high-performing workforce. 

Develops and implements training to Agency employees to provide awareness on diversity and inclusion.

Provide support and guidance to special emphasis programs and managers represented throughout the APHIS workforce, by sponsoring training/educational opportunities and cultural programs to enhance the diversity and inclusion mission.

Utilizes APHIS graduates of a diversity and Inclusion certification program in a collateral duty capacity to champion diversity and inclusion initiatives, enhance communication with programs, recommend strategic actions and provide basic awareness training.      


OCRDI Office of Diversity and Inclusion Contact List
Name Title Telephone Number Email Address
Johnson, Patrick Diversity and Inclusion Specialist (301) 851-3137 patrick.johnson@aphis.usda.gov
Oubichon, Michon Deputy Director (301) 851-2248 michon.m.oubichon@aphis.usda.gov
Penn, Renata Diversity and Inclusion Specialist (301) 851-4196 Renata.Penn@aphis.usda.gov


Additional Information

National Affinity Groups and National Employee Organizations

  • The American Legion (TAL): 
  • Asian American Government Executive Network (AAGEN):
  • The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD):
  • Asian Pacific American Network in Agriculture (APANA):
  • Black In Government (BIG):
  • Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC):
  • Federally Employed Women (FEW):
  • League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC):
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT):
  • National Association of Hispanic Federal Executive (NAHFE):
  • National Image Inc.:
  • Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE):
  • Student Veterans of America (SVA):