Genesis Council

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U.S. Coast Guard Academy's Genesis Council Facebook Page

The Genesis Council is the U.S. Coast Guard Academy's "first Diversity Council" founded in 1973.[1]

"It provides the Corps of Cadets with opportunities to learn about and experience, first-hand, the history, cultural nuances, and issues that characterize the African-American/Black diaspora today."

From Facebook

"The Genesis Council is a multicultural organization that increases cultural awareness at the Academy through many special events including Eclipse Weekend, a keynote event that brings together cadets, officers and members of the community to celebrate diversity. This council also provides a support system and network to its members, which includes academic support and social activities."[2]

Diversity Councils

The United States Coast Guard Academy "has six diversity councils supported by the Office of Inclusion and Diversity. Per the Coast Guard Academy’s Strategic Plan to 'Cultivate a Supportive and Inclusive Environment'”, the councils seek to promote a culture of respect that values a broad spectrum of skills and perspectives while ensuring supportive and rewarding learning environments for all."[3]

Royce W. James

CDR Royce W. James, a member of the Black Lives of Unitarian Universalist[4] serves as an advisor for the Genesis Council & Spectrum Council (Coast Guard Academy’s Black and Gay Student Unions) and the Science Department Diversity & Inclusion Officer.

He was a member of the team that was instrumental in the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and more recently worked to facilitate the military's change in policy to allow transgendered persons to openly serve.