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Commentary | April 20, 2021

Eclipse 2021: "Stronger together: Building bridges through a culture of respect."

By Dave Santos, U.S. Coast Guard Academy

The Coast Guard's strength resides in its people and their different perspectives. Equity-minded and culturally literate leaders are needed to address the complex operational and mission support challenges of the 21st century.  

The U.S. Coast Guard Academy prioritizes the development of service ready officers, critical to building and maintaining a diverse organization that fosters an inclusive workforce. One of the ways the Academy supports vital diversity and inclusion efforts is through events like Eclipse.   

Eclipse is part of a cadet-run tradition established by the Coast Guard Academy’s Genesis Council in the 1970’s with a strong focus on diversity, inclusion, and mentorship.  

Eclipse 2021 was held at the Academy April 8-10, 2021, in a hybrid format to allow some in-person participation as well as an extended opportunity to participate virtually for greater participation and adherence to COVID-19 travel restrictions. 

This year's theme of "Stronger Together: Building Bridges through a Culture of Respect," “ featured keynote speakers including Ms. Jane Hyun, author of “Flex: The Playbook for Managing Across Differences” and Mr. Dondre Whitfield, actor and author of,  "Male vs. Man; How to Honor Women, Teach Children, and Elevate Men to Change the World." Other events included sessions on the best practices for “Living a Culture of Respect,” Academy Affinity Council-sponsored diversity events, Regimental Review, cadet talent show, mentoring, and more. 

The culminating event is an Awards Banquet to honor diversity champions. You can find more information on the awards, past recipients, and an easy to use nomination form at