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Culture, Climate & Diversity

The  Culture, Climate and Diversity (CCD) mission is to serve as the U.S. Air Force Academy strategic leader in structuring a shared vision of diversity and inclusion. Aiding in the transformation of future AF leaders while creating a culture and climate where diversity strengthens all personnel.  Our vision is to help create and sustain an institution that encompasses and values our cultural differences while promoting a climate of inclusion.

Diversity in all its forms is critical to success at the United States Air Force Academy, just as it is in the Air Force. Different backgrounds, experiences and frames of thought contribute to stronger teams and continued innovation. When deciding how to act, Air Force leaders of character comprehend moral knowledge and ethical alternatives, respect the dignity of all affected persons, use ethical judgment in moral decision making as leaders to select the best alternative, and act consistently with that judgment so as to develop habits of moral excellence. USAFA graduates will be able to:

Moral Knowledge
Proficiency 1: Explain the main theoretical approaches to normative ethics.
Proficiency 2: Explain how social science facts and theories relate to the cultivation of ethical and legal norms.
Proficiency 3: Describe how one’s own backgrounds, habits, values, assumptions, commitments and hubris may affect one’s perceptions of ethical standards and behaviors.
Proficiency 4: Defend the existence of moral knowledge against challenges.
Proficiency 5: Uphold the existence of the ethical and legal foundations of the USAF mission.

Respect the Dignity of Others
Proficiency 6: Demonstrate professional behaviors and attitudes with others, including fair and equitable treatment of others and consideration of another person’s basic human rights.
Proficiency 7: Understand the perspectives of others.
Proficiency 8: Act in response to violations of human dignity, especially degrading and humiliating treatment.
Proficiency 9: Leverage the value of differences in perspectives, approaches, preferences, race, gender, background, religion, experience, generation, thought and other factors for mission accomplishment and foster an environment of inclusion.

Moral Decision Making in Leadership
Proficiency 10: Act in accord with procedures that integrate ethical theory, psychological and sociological facts, and principles of the profession of arms as part of a transparent process for deliberation and decision-making.
Proficiency 11: Analyze the consequences of actions in a context that includes social and political systems that both enable and challenge one’s ability to lead effectively.

Habits of Moral Excellence
Proficiency 12: Promote Air Force Core Values through goals, actions, and referent behaviors.
Proficiency 13: Develop trust and commitment through words and actions.


U.S. Air Force Diversity and Inclusion
U.S. Air Force Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives (PDF)



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“It’s the power that we come from all walks of life, that we come from all parts of this country, that we come from all races, that we come from all backgrounds, gender, all make-up, all upbringing. The power of that diversity comes together and makes us that much more powerful.” Lt Gen Jay Silveria