Lt. Robert Whitecotton, diversity program manager for Navy Recruiting Command (NRC) was awarded the National Society of Black Engineer’s (NSBE) Gene Washington Champion of Champions Award at the NSBE Board of Corporate Affiliates’ meeting held in Boston,  Mar. 23.

The award recognizes individuals who go above and beyond the call of duty within their organization in promoting diversity initiatives and recruiting.

Whitecotton has worked with affinity groups through Navy recruiting for the past two years to make diversity programs better.

“We, as a Navy, have the ability to change people’s lives,” said Whitecotton. “It always comes back to the people. We provide a tremendous life opportunity for people to enhance their lives through the Navy. Diversity outreach is mutually beneficial because not only are doors opened for the individual but it also allows our Navy to benefit from the background and experiences that differing communities can bring.”

The award comes as Whitecotton’s first honor for his continued effort in raising awareness in diversity.
“This award is a tremendous honor,” said Whitecotton. “It truly highlights all the hard work that everyone at NRC have put in to promote diversity and celebrate the variety of cultures that make up our Navy.”

NRC’s diversity outreach program is tasked with raising awareness of the Navy within minority communities that can develop over generations. Through outreach efforts, the Navy can obtain and maintain relationships with key groups and figureheads that will continue to benefit everyone involved.

Through their partnership with NSBE, the Navy is able to engage with students, parents and key influence groups throughout the nation to attract, recruit and retain the brightest minds the country has to offer.

The overall mission of NRC is to recruit the best men and women for America's Navy to accomplish today's missions and meet tomorrow's challenges.

For more information about NSBE, visit www.nsbe.org/home.aspx


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