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Special Emphasis Programs: Calendar of Events

Employees: If you watch or attend an SEP event, follow these instructions to affirm attendance in AgLearn. (PDF).

Additional information about Department-wide observances is available from USDA.gov. Previous monthly observance video links are provided.


Sponsor Contact Date & Time Program Activities
USDA Office of Human Resources Management and Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (OASCR) Damali Carr, EE Specialist
(301) 504-7755

May 17, 2016
10:00 a.m.

Jefferson Auditorium
South Building
Washington, DC

USDA Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Observance

Theme: Walk Together, Embrace Differences, Build Legacies

Opening Remarks by Secretary Vilsack; Keynote Speaker: Donna Hayashi Smith, Registrar/Collections Manager, Office of the Curator, The White House

Streaming video from this event

USDA Office of Human Resources Management and Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (OASCR) Damali Carr, EE Specialist
(301) 504-7755

March 10, 2016
10:00–11:00 a.m. 

Jefferson Auditorium
South Building
Washington, DC

USDA Women's History Month Observance

Theme:  Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government

Speaker: Beth Cobert, Acting Director of Office of Personnel Management

USDA Office of Human Resources Management and Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (OASCR) Damali Carr, EE Specialist
(301) 504-7755

February 25, 2016
10:00–11:00 a.m.

Jefferson Auditorium
South Building
Washington, DC

USDA Department-wide African American History Month Observance

Theme: Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories

Visual and Vocal Presentations: The Migration

  • Elsa Smithgall, Curator Phillips Collection, presenting Jacob Lawrence and The Migration Series; a pictorial story of the Great Black Migration of African Americans from the south to the north and other parts of the country.

  • Stacy Brook, Blues & Jazz singer extraordinaire. With the migration of Blacks from the south, they brought with them pieces of their southern culture, music and song. Ms. Brooks, who has performed on Broadway portraying Etta James in The Ghost of Etta James, will perform several blues classics.
USDA Office of Human Resources Management Damali Carr, EE Specialist
(301) 504-7755

January 21, 2016
10:00–11:00 a.m.

Jefferson Auditorium
South Building
Washington, DC

USDA Department-wide Martin Luther King National Service Day Observance

Theme: National Service Day Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance

Streaming video from this event

USDA Office of Human Resources Management Damali Carr, EE Specialist
(301) 504-7755

November 19, 2015
10:00–11:00 a.m.

Jefferson Auditorium
South Building
Washington, DC

MyUSDA American Indian & Alaskan Native Heritage Observance

Theme: Growing Native Leaders-Enhancing Our Seven Generations

Moderator: Leslie Wheelock, Director, Office Tribal Relations

Panelists: 

  • Arthur “Butch” Blazer (Mescalero Apache), Deputy Under Secretary, Natural Resources and Environment
  • Fred Clark (Citizen Potawatomi Nation), National Director, Office of Tribal Relations, Forest Service
  • Lawrence Shorty (Navajo), Program Director, USDA 1994 Tribal Land-Grant Colleges and Universities Program
USDA Office of Human Resources Management Damali Carr, EE Specialist
(301) 504-7755
September 17, 2015
10:00–11:00 a.m.

Jefferson Auditorium
South Building
Washington, DC

MyUSDA National Hispanic Heritage Month

Theme: Hispanic Americans: Energizing America’s Diversity

Speaker: Janet Murguia, President and CEO, National Council of La Raza

Streaming video from this event

USDA Office of Human Resources Management Damali Carr, EE Specialist
(301) 504-7755
September 02, 2015
10:00–11:00 a.m.


Jefferson Auditorium
South Building
Washington, DC

FSIS National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Theme: Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Speaker: Randy Lewis, Former Walgreens Senior VP, Visionary and Author

USDA Office of Human Resources Management and Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (OASCR) Damali Carr, EE Specialist
(301) 504-7755

June 18, 2015
10:00 a.m. 

Jefferson Auditorium
South Building
Washington, DC

USDA Caribbean American  Heritage Month Observance

Theme: Celebrating Our Culture, Embracing Our Future

Speaker: Shellaine Ramkishun, Chief Operating Office of Estate Shell Contractors, LLC

Panel:

  • Sherry Tross, Executive Secretary for Integral Development, Organization of American States
  • Gerard Johnson, General Manager of Caribbean County Department, Inter Development Bank 
  • Dr. Isabel Wall, National Program Manager, Food Safety, NIFA

Streaming video from this event

USDA Office of Human Resources Management and Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (OASCR) Damali Carr, EE Specialist
(301) 504-7755

June 4, 2015
10:00 a.m. 

Jefferson Auditorium
South Building
Washington, DC

USDA LGBT Pride Month Observance

Theme: Transgender Issues in the Federal Workplace

Streaming video from this event

 

Last Modified May 06, 2016