Special Emphasis Observances

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The Virginia Union University Choir performs on stage at the 2018 MLK celebration at the U.S. Department of Energy.
The Virginia Union University Choir performs at the 2018 MLK Special Observance program.
U.S. Department of Energy

The Department of Energy observes special days, weeks, and months as reflected in the list below of special  observances programs.  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 Observances Programs

Hispanic Heritage Month

Disability Employment Awareness Month

American Indian/Alaskan Native Heritage Month

Veterans Day

Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance

Black History Month

Women's History Month

Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month

LGBTQ (Pride) Month


Observing Special Emphasis Events

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