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Special Emphasis Observances

The Energy Department celebrates special emphasis observances regularly, inviting guest speakers to highlight how the agency's mission benefits from diversity and inclusion.

The Energy Department celebrates special emphasis observances regularly, inviting guest speakers to highlight how the agency's mission benefits from diversity and inclusion.

The Department of Energy observes special days, weeks, and months as reflected in the below list of special program observances.  Observances are held annually in compliance with Executive Order 11478, 29 CFR Part 1614.102(b)(4), joint Congressional Resolutions, Presidential Proclamations, and the Department’s diversity and inclusion goals as articulated in the Department of Energy’s Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan for 2012-2015. 

Managers and supervisors are encouraged to engage in planning and implementing initiatives that promote employment, training, and career advancement opportunities in order to sustain a productive, diverse, and inclusive Departmental workforce to best serve our Nation.  Showing our support as senior leaders and making a concerted effort to attend and participate in these observances is crucial in communicating the value each employee brings to the Department.  

Special Emphasis Observances
January

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 20, 2015, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Program
Theme: "Remember! Celebrate! Act! A Day On, Not A Day Off."
Guest Speakers: Dr. Joyce Ladner and Peggy Wallace Kennedy

Link below:

http://youtu.be/US8npHm_sVQ

February Black History Month
March Women's History Month
May

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

June

LGBT Pride Month

August 26 Women's Equality Day
September 15 - October 15

Hispanic Heritage Month

October 14, 2014 Hispanic Heritage Month program; HISPANICS: A Legacy of History, a Present of Action and a Future of Success
Key Note Speaker: Dr. Samuel Betances 

Link below:

http://youtu.be/PLzHhfwr61E

September Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week
October

Disability Employment Awareness Month

October 22, 2014 Disability Employment Awareness Progrom
Key Note Speaker: Comedian Alex Valdez 

Link below:

http://youtu.be/_HUxlG00kuQ

November

Native American Heritage Month

November 11

Veterans Day

November 13, 2014 Veterns Day program

Panel of Speakers: Ginger Miller, Trooper James Williams, Robert Anders, and Van Brinson

Link below:

http://youtu.be/aX-cI16FNiI

 

 

Observing Special Emphasis Events

Suggested activities include, but are not restricted to the following: