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Diversity

A richly diverse staff makes better decisions in its mission to support a vibrant and competitive American economy.

The Antitrust Division seeks a workforce composed of a wide cross section of America, diverse in physical characteristics, perspective, and thought. In support of this workforce, the Division pursues a work environment where equality, respect, and tolerance are of paramount importance and employee diversity is celebrated and supported.

The Division recognizes that a richly diverse staff makes better decisions in its mission to support a vibrant and competitive American economy.

Diversity Committee

The Antitrust Division’s Diversity Committee is committed to helping foster a diverse and inclusive culture within the Division.

Some of the Committee’s many initiatives include:

In 2016, Diversity Committee members were awarded the Antitrust Division’s Diversity Champion Award and the Attorney General’s Award for Equal Employment Opportunity for these efforts.

Meet the Diversity Committee

Siddharth Dadhich

Siddharth Dadhich
Trial Attorney, Defense, Industrials, and Aerospace Section

I joined the Division in November 2017 through the Honors Program. I am a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law. Prior to joining the Division, I clerked for a Federal judge. I joined the Diversity Committee in February 2018 and serve on the Management, Culture, Retention, and Training Subcommittee.

The Antitrust Division brings together people from all different backgrounds and walks of life for a shared goal: To serve the American people. The Diversity Committee helps to ensure that a wide range of voices are being heard at the Division. When employees feel valued, they work harder. A productive workplace leads to better results for consumers.

The Committee’s goal is focused on creating a professional environment where employees are given opportunities to flourish and reach their full potential. I enjoy working with the folks on the Diversity Committee to help the Division reach these goals.

 
Matthew Hammond

Matthew Hammond
Attorney, Technology and Financial Services Section

I am regularly astonished by the questions people ask and the assumptions they bring to what they do that are often related to their different life experiences. My astonishment has come from how these questions and differing assumptions often put the issue at hand in a new light, leading to new and different solutions. As a result, I applied to join the Antitrust Division’s Diversity Committee to see if I could make a difference.

As a member of the Disability Subcommittee, I have worked with others to put on events in our Speaker Series and moderated a panel of attorneys within the Department who happen to have disabilities. I see these programs as opportunities to present people with disabilities in a way where we can showcase their skill and talent, so that people look beyond any disability. I believe that people with disabilities are an untapped resource for the Division and the Department, and I look forward to continuing to work with the Diversity Committee to make the Division a welcoming place for them. In addition, I have found that efforts spearheaded by the Diversity Committee enrich the culture here at the Division

 
Charles Mbonu

Charles Mbonu
IT Project Manager

I joined the Diversity Committee because I believe that diversity enhances productivity. It encourages peace and unity by bridging the gap between our different backgrounds and experiences. I enjoy the informality of the meetings and the exchange of ideas between employees of different races, backgrounds, and experiences. I also enjoy participating in Diversity Committee activities which strive to make our work environment more acceptable to all.

Diversity is important to me because I believe that our country is great today because of our nation’s diverse nature. Diversity is important for our mission because with the diverse backgrounds of our workforce, we can more effectively enforce antitrust laws and protect consumers from all spheres of our society.

 
Maribeth Petrizzi

Maribeth Petrizzi
Chief, Defense, Industrials, and Aerospace Section

Because I believe that diversity and inclusion should be at the center of our daily work environment, I have been an active participant on the Antitrust Division’s Diversity Committee for the past four years. During that time, the Diversity Committee has undertaken a variety of important efforts to facilitate an understanding of diversity issues and their importance to the workplace.

For example, I was part of the team that was instrumental in including a “Disabilities in the Workplace” component in the Attorney General’s Diversity and Inclusion Speaker Series and introducing the Diversity and Inclusion Dialogue Program (DIDP) to the Division. Participation in the DIDP can lead to the development of environmental change within the Division that potentially can increase overall efficiency and productivity. Through my own participation in DIDP, I have become more open-minded and receptive to differing perspectives.

I look forward to continuing to work with the Diversity Committee on its efforts to foster greater awareness within the Division, which will lead to greater respect, understanding, and openness among Division employees, and ultimately will benefit the work of the Division in its antitrust enforcement mission.

 

 

Department of Justice Diversity Resources

Updated September 11, 2018

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