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USDA Observances

FY2021 National Hispanic Heritage Month Mission Area Observances

Date

Agency

Event Description

9/15/2021

FSIS

(Agency Only)

FSIS will host a virtual presentation led by Carmen G. Cantor, U.S. Ambassador to Micronesia.

3:00 pm (EDT)

POC: Damali Carr @ Damali.Carr@usda.gov

9/16/2021

APHIS

(Agency Only)

Webinar feature keynote speak Miguel J. Aviles-Perez “Hispanics Fulfilling Lives Everyday: How to Understand, Manage and Grow your Hispanic Workforce.”

11:00 am - 12:30 pm (EDT)

POC: Thelma Sykes @ Thelma.Sykes@usda.gov

9/16/2021

ARS-Northeast Area Field Organization

(Agency Only)

National Hispanic Heritage Month Topic “Honoring the Heritage, Cultures, and Contributions of both Hispanic and Latino Americans.”

POC: Debra Owens-Coleman @ Debra.Owens@usda.gov

9/20/2021

OIG

(Agency Only)

National Hispanic Heritage Month (NHHM) September 15 - October 12, 2021. OIG will dedicate a blog post in celebration of NHHM. The blog post will include online resources that employees can access in observance of this celebration.

POC: Katrice Jackson @ Katrice.Jackson@oig.usda.gov

9/22/2021

FPAC

(Agency Only)

“Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope” Guest speakers: Gloria Montaño Green & Oscar Gonzalez.

POC: Travis Watkins @ Travis.Watkins@usda.gov

9/28/2021

ARS

(Agency Only)

Webinar will include a panel discussion surrounding the 2021 HHM National Theme, breakout session then general discussion on takeaways.

2:00 pm (EDT)

POC: Debra Owens-Coleman @ Debra.Owens@usda.gov

10/6/2021

USDA-Wide

“Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope” Program will feature 2 keynote speakers, additional guest speakers, and several musical selections. In addition, various Agencies will solicit two or more 10 second videos from staff to speak about “What Hope Means to Them.”

POC: Lauren Wesson @ Lauren.Wesson@usda.gov

10/13/2021

FPAC

(Agency Only)

Book Club Session, “Love in the Time of Cholera” a novel by Colombian Nobel prize winning author Gabriel García Márquez.

POC: Travis Watkins @ Travis.Watkins@usda.gov

10/13/2021

FS

(Agency Only)

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. Virtual event highlighting the Forest Service’s long-standing partnership with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and featuring 3-5 National Internship Program alumni who now work for the Agency.

12:00 - 1:30 pm (EDT)

POC: Fidel Trujillo @ Fidel.Trujillo@usda.gov

10/13/2021

RD

(Agency Only)

National Hispanic Heritage Month Observance Panel Discussion (Virtual/Live).

1:30 - 3:00 pm (EDT)

POC: Kavin Johnson @ Kavin.Johnson@usda.gov

10/15/2021

ARS-Northeast Area Field Organization

(Agency Only)

Hispanic Heritage Month. Topic: Review content from www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov, including a focus on germplasm conservation by Latin-Americans for maize and potato genetic resources. Discussions will culminate with a lunch at Taqueria Los Amigos, a new local Mexican restaurant.

POC: Debra Owens-Coleman @ Debra.Owens@usda.gov

FY2021 Women’s Equality Day Observances

Date

Agency

Event Description

August 26

USDA-Wide

Theme: Reviving the Legacy: Women breaking boundaries. Program: Guest Speakers from the EEOC, REE-NASS, a Gender Equality Collage featuring various professions within the USDA.

August 26

FS

Women’s Equality Day Virtual Webinar honoring the hard-working women of the FS

August 26

ARS-Office of Outreach, Diversity & Equal Opportunity

Agency-wide Women’s Equality Day. Format, topic, and speaker TBD.

 

August 26

ARS-Midwest Area-Bowling Green, Kentucky Field Location

Women’s Equality Day PowerPoint Presentation and/or Zoom Meeting

Speaker: Jason Simmons, ARS employee at field location

August 26

ARS-Midwest Area-West Lafayette, Indiana Field Location

Women’s Equality Day 5 to 10-minute presentation, topic, and speaker TBD

 

August 26

FSIS

Remarks will be made about Women’s Equality Day during the Virtual Diversity and Inclusion Week.

August 26

FAS OCR

Women’s Equality Day - Guest Speaker.

August 26

OIG

Women's Equality Day (WED): Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic no face-to-face activities have been scheduled. OIG will dedicate a blog post in celebration of WED. The blog post will include online resources that employees can access in observance of this celebration.

 

For further information, please contact:

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

Monica Rainge

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

Center for Civil Rights Operations

Denise Banks

Executive Director

Mission Area Liaison Division

Edward Profit

Acting Director

edward.profit@usda.gov

Departmental SEPM:

Mission Area Liaison Division

Lauren Wesson, Departmental SEPM

lauren.wesson@usda.gov

President Joe Biden’s Proclamation on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Pride Month, 2021

LGBTQ+ Pride Month 2021 Poster (PDF, 605 KB)

The Lavender Scare (PDF, 136 KB)

 

A Proclamation on Asian American and Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander Heritage Month, 2021

Secretary Vilsack's Statement on Asian Pacific Month

Asian American Heritage Month (PDF, 556 KB)

A Proclamation on Women's History Month, 2021 | The White House

Women’s History Month –National Women’s History Museum

Women’s History Resources

 

OASCR Black History Month Program (YouTube)

To Honor African American History Month

Library of Congress celebrates African American History Month

National Museum of African American History and Culture