Ms. Judy Watkins-Hope Wins Equal Employment Opportunity Award

5/8/1996 - 29-96r
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Ms. Judy Watkins-Hope, of the Naval Research Laboratory's (NRL's) Supply Division, is the recipient of the Commanding Officer's Award for achievements in the field of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO). The award was presented by CAPT Bruce W. Buckley, USN, at an NRL ceremony held on April 8.

Ms. Hope was cited by CAPT Buckley for her "proactive work in supporting initiatives for the African American Employment Subcommittee, her tireless efforts on behalf of NRL's Community Outreach Program, and outstanding contributions to the overall EEO program at NRL."

In 1990, Ms. Hope assisted in recruiting clerical personnel from a local high school. She also participates and organizes tours for Ballou High School, helps find placement for summer students and also monitors a "Stay-in-School" program. Ms. Hope served as an EEO representative for the Supply Division from 1991 to 1993. She attended EEO advisory meetings to keep the division apprised of issues and concerns of the Laboratory.

Since 1992, Ms. Hope has served on NRL's Community Outreach Committee where she has been a role model to young students of Ward 8 schools, volunteered as a science fair judge, and judged NRL's art and essay contests. She also assists in recruiting tutors and raising money to provide badging equipment for Ballou High School.

Ms. Hope served as NRL representative at the 1994 Blacks in Government Conference where she critiqued speakers on behalf of the EEO office for perspective awareness programs. She has also been a member of the African American Employment Program (AAEP) subcommittee for five years. She has been involved in planning the Martin Luther King, Jr. programs, Black History Month programs and workshops on personal development. She was recently elected chairperson for the AAEP and has served as co-chairperson for the NRL Children's Holiday party.

Ms. Hope is a founder and member of the Lambda Beta Sigma Sorority, Inc. In conjunction with NRL, they provide mentoring to children, participate in the NRL Children's
Holiday party, provide equipment for the winners of the NRL Personal Excellence Award and provide money for entertainment during the annual NRL Combined Federal Campaign Kickoff.

"The Supply Division where Ms. Hope has worked for many years, is very proud of all her accomplishments. We could not be any prouder to have her part of our organization," commented Ms. Cindy Hartman, NRL Supply Officer.

Her EEO award was in the non-supervisory category.

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