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. 

Special Observances Programs

Special observances are designed for the purpose of providing cultural awareness to the Department. Commemorative activities conducted for these observances are educational and employment-related.

The following are Special Emphasis Observances implemented by presidential proclamation, executive orders and public law:

Month Special Emphasis Program Observances Program Manager
January Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Collette Bankins
February Black History Month Charlie Carrasco
March Women's History Month Charlie Carrasco
May Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month  Collette Bankins
June Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month  Charlie Carrasco
August 26 Women’s Equality Day   
September National Hispanic Heritage Month Collette Bankins
October National Disability Employment Awareness Month Brad Shaff
November  American Indian/Alaskan Native Heritage Month Collette Bankins
November  Veterans Day  


Photo Gallery: Selected Photos from Recent Special Observance Events