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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
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
September Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week
October

Disability Employment Awareness Month

November

Native American Heritage Month

November 11 Veterans Day

Observing Special Emphasis Events

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