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American Diversity Month

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (OASCR) invites you to celebrate USDA’s American Diversity Month (ADM). These events support USDA’s commitment for diversity and inclusion in the American workforce and reinforce the Secretary’s motto to “Do Right and Feed Everyone.” Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s ADM programs will be 100% virtual with closed captioning.

ADM events are open to all USDA employees and contractors. Attendees are encouraged to register early for each event through AgLearn to receive training credit. Registrants will receive links to view the programs.

View the official USDA American Diversity Month Program Booklet (PDF, 1.5 MB)

  • July 8, 10:00am – 11:00am ET

    Join U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Devon Westhill, and our 2020 Keynote Speaker Johnathan Holifield, Executive Director for the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, as USDA kicks off American Diversity Month.

    Watch the Opening Ceremony
  • July 13, 10:00am – 11:30am ET

    Join Deputy Assistant Secretary Westhill; Michael Jones, CEO of Fresh Communities Holding Corporation; and additional panelists for a discussion of the impact of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) and 1890 Land Grant Universities on U.S. agriculture. Additionally, you will hear from current HSI/1890 students, alumni, and USDA employees on minority contributions in agriculture.

    Watch the Minority Contributions to Agriculture Event
  • July 15, 1:00pm – 3:00pm ET

    Participants will join one of three mentoring groups to discuss four topic areas, followed by a Q&A period. Advance registration is required.

    Mentoring Groups:

    • Senior Career (GS-14 – SES) Topics: Diversity in Government, Leadership Expectations, SES Advice, and Leaving a Legacy
    • Mid-Career (GS-11 – GS-13) Topics: Diversity in Government, Leadership Skills, Career Evolution, and Personal Barriers
    • Early Career (Interns – GS-09) Topics: Diversity in Government, Applying for Jobs, Building a Reputation, and Charting a Career Path
    Register through AgLearn
  • July 20, 10:00am – 11:30am ET

    This presentation, “Eliminating Barriers in Recruitment and Hiring,” will address equity initiatives, accountability, and awareness about holding unconscious beliefs regarding social stereotypes. Opening remarks will be led by Dr. Karlease Kelly, Chief Learning Officer in USDA’s Office of Human Resources Management, to be followed by a panel presentation with leaders in government and private industry.

    Register through AgLearn
  • July 22, 2:00pm – 3:00pm ET

    This presentation will provide participants with a better understanding of barriers and challenges facing First Generation Professionals (FGP). Join to hear from Keynote Speaker Horace Hodge, USDA Liaison at Prairie View A&M University, and Tinisha Agramonte, Director of the Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

    You will receive an email with the viewing link the morning of the event.

    Register through AgLearn
  • July 27, 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET

    This event will highlight the significant contributions of current employees who previously served as interns with USDA. Opening remarks will be led by Adriano Vasquez, Civil Rights Director for the Foreign Agricultural Service, followed by a panel presentation with USDA leaders who will provide timely advice and best practices for current interns.

    You will receive an email with the viewing link the morning of the event.

    Register through AgLearn
  • July 29, 10:00am – 11:00am ET

    Help USDA close our month-long celebration of diversity with USDA’s Associate Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Winona Lake Scott who will recognize USDA’s Shining Stars who were nominated by their peers across the Department because of their work involving diversity or agriculture in or outside USDA. Join to hear from our Keynote Speaker Joon S. Park, ARS Deputy Administrator for Administrative & Financial Management & REE Mission Area Business Center Chief Operating Officer and currently Acting Director of USDA Office of Budget & Program Analysis, and from our Summer Interns on Diversity and Inclusion. This event will be pre-recorded.

    You will receive an email with the viewing link the morning of the event.

    Register through AgLearn