Diversity Council Promotes Unity on Lincoln


Story Number: NNS090627-07Release Date: 6/27/2009 3:43:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brandon C. Wilson, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs

BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) -- USS Abraham Lincoln's (CVN 72) Diversity Council met June 24 to brainstorm ideas on promoting awareness and strengthening unity among Sailors of different ethnicities.

The council's goal is to let Sailors know that they can accomplish anything in the Navy, regardless of their rank, gender or race.

The council sponsors events to honor different ethnicities, such as celebrations honoring Hispanic-American and Asian-American month, to help promote awareness among the crew.

"Diversity is not only about removing barriers for someone, it's about creating opportunity for all," said Cmdr. Michael A. Whitt, Lincoln's diversity officer. "Diversity utilizes the full potential of the Navy's most treasured resource, its Sailors, in order to achieve the common goal of mission success. It also plays a vital role in support of the commanding officer's guiding principles. It fosters equal opportunity and creates an open, positive and satisfying work environment."

Although the Lincoln's schedule in the shipyards doesn't provide much room for illustrious events, Lt. j.g. Adrian Young, assistant diversity officer, still plans to organize celebrations for the command.

"One current idea is to combine the heritages we celebrate every month into one 'diversity day,'" Young said.

The Lincoln's diversity council has already held numerous diversity celebrations in 2009, to include African-American history month celebration, a women's history month celebration and a bi-centennial celebration for Abraham Lincoln.

The bi-centennial celebration consisted of a diverse, guest panel, including Representatives Norm Dicks and Rick Larson; three college professors, David Blight of Yale University, Adam Green of the University of Chicago and Matthew Pinsker of Dickinson College; Robin Read, the president of the National Foundation for Women Legislators; and retired Army Gen. Donald Scott.

For more news from USS Abraham Lincoln, visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn72/.

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Air Traffic Controller 3rd Class Ayanna Hodge, from St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, leads a choreographed dance skit in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).
090206-N-2937R-169 PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 6, 2009) Air Traffic Controller 3rd Class Ayanna Hodge, from St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, leads a choreographed dance skit in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) during an African American Heritage Month celebration. Lincoln is underway on a scheduled work-up conducting training and carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Adam Randolph/Released)
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