Fostering Culture and Community

An inclusive, creative culture and a sense of community are vital to RAND's success. We strive to create an environment where everyone feels welcome and valued.

Collage of RAND staff, students, and alumni, photos by Diane Baldwin/RAND Corporation; design by Haley Okuley/RAND Corporation

Photos by Diane Baldwin/RAND. Design by Haley Okuley/RAND.

A healthy work environment ensures that each employee knows that they matter. When people feel a sense of belonging, they are able to do their best work. RAND is committed to creating welcoming and supportive spaces for colleagues to connect and thrive. These include numerous staff-initiated and -led communities that demonstrate the diversity of interests, backgrounds, and experiences among our colleagues.

What RAND Employees Share

What We're Doing to Foster Inclusion

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    Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)

    Our ERGs are employee-led communities that facilitate connection among colleagues; partner with RAND to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion; and help uplift cultural awareness and insight throughout the organization.

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    Inclusive Leadership

    At RAND, we believe inclusive leadership is effective leadership. We've adopted a framework for inclusion based on what research shows inclusive leaders do differently. Those who manage people and lead projects are expected to make decisions in objective, data-driven ways that are clear to their team; to build team cultures where employees feel a sense of belonging; to ensure that every team member feels they have a voice; and to approach challenges with a growth mindset.

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    Spaces to Learn, Reflect, and Connect

    RAND offers a wide range of talks, seminars, and discussion groups to celebrate the many cultures, backgrounds, and perspectives among our staff. We provide learning opportunities that empower us to examine our own behaviors and biases, grow our understanding, and act to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • Employee Assistance Program

    RAND's Employee Assistance Program offers confidential counseling to employees and their household members 24/7, at no cost. It can also help employees and family members with finding suitable child care or elder care providers, legal and financial consultation, and more.

    RAND Healthy Living

    Our Healthy Living wellness program supports physical, emotional, social, and financial aspects of well-being. From the Million Steps Challenge to guided audio and video sessions on mindfulness and yoga, these activities and resources support our staff in managing their health on their own terms.

  • Employee Clubs and Virtual Communities

    Recreational clubs provide RAND staff with fun ways to connect outside of work. They vary by location, but include activities centered on sports, music, books, games, languages, and community service. Our online communities connect colleagues across job types and geography, building belonging and supportive networks. Our more than 100 communities include RAND Parents, Wilderness Wanderers, Veterans Issues and Policies, and Advancing DEI at RAND.

    Accessible All-Gender Restrooms

    All-gender restrooms are available in RAND’s major offices. Members of our LGBTQ+ and Disability Empowerment and Visibility employee resource groups provided input on the design. We recognize and affirm all gender identities and expressions.

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