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Building a Diverse and Inclusive Workplace

The St. Louis Fed is committed to building an inclusive workplace, where employees’ differences—in age, gender, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, as well as in cultural traditions, religion, life experiences, education and socioeconomic backgrounds—are recognized as a strength. The decisions and recommendations made at the St. Louis Fed must reflect a variety of perspectives. Diversity allows for an environment where innovation thrives and employees flourish.

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Diversity and Inclusion in Action

Diversity groups in the Eighth District work collaboratively in support of the Bank’s Diversity and Inclusion organizational initiative. Whether it’s through enlightening educational resources, cultural programming or social events, diversity groups provide opportunities for Bank employees to learn more about their peers. Employee resource groups are voluntary, employee-led groups made up of individuals with common interests or shared characteristics.

  • African-American Council of Talented, Innovative and Visionary Employees: AACTIVE supports the African-American community at the Bank.
  • Asian Employee Resource Group: AERG supports the Asian community at the Bank.
  • Central Pride supports LGBTQ+ employees and their allies at the Bank.
  • Valuing, Inspiring, Empowering Women: VIEW creates awareness around gender-related issues and experiences at the Bank.
  • Serving, Educating, Reaching Veteran Employees: SERVE supports the issues and goals of military veteran employees at the Bank.
  • The Diversity and Inclusion Council advocates for awareness, serves as a change agent and supports each employee resource group’s mission through strategic collaboration. Council members help to plan and coordinate presentations by outside speakers, community-service opportunities and events that celebrate diversity and promote inclusion.
  • The Disability ERG promotes awareness and understanding of people with disabilities through advocacy and allyship.
  • The Mi Gente ERG aims to develop an inclusive network of employees and promote Latino/Hispanic heritage by creating awareness of those cultures and languages while cultivating diversity and the personal and professional development of ERG members.

The Office of Minority and Women Inclusion is responsible for developing standards and procedures to ensure the inclusion of minorities, women  and women-owned and minority-owned business in all activities of the Bank, including procurement and workforce diversity.

Some of the organizations and events the Bank partners with include:

  • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Professional Organization of Women
  • National Black MBA Association
  • Diversity Awareness Partnership
  • St. Louis Internship Program (SLIP)
  • Paraquad