The complexity, short timeframe, and call to be exhaustive meant the project became an all-hands-on-deck effort, with LMIers working around the clock for the better part of eight weeks. Everyone on the project drew their energy from the opportunity to directly affect people’s lives. One young woman told LMI it had taken her over a year to talk about her experiences with anybody. This woman, and many others, needed to be heard, and LMI helped bring their voices forward.
DOT leaders praised our recommendations for aligning leadership behind a unified message, developing a comprehensive prevention and response campaign, and establishing a Sea Year credentialing program to preserve the value of hands-on experience while ensuring the safety of all midshipmen. For more on LMI’s assessment and recommendations, visit DOT’s Office of Civil Rights mission page. As DOT, the USMMA, and the Maritime Administration take the next steps toward repairing and rebuilding a culture of trust at the Academy, LMI has begun applying the insights we gained to help other federal clients facing similar challenges.