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USDA Fiscal Year 2022 Native American Heritage Month Observances

Date

Agency

Event Description

11/23/2021 (USDA-Wide)
USDA agencies are partnering to offer virtual programs including:
 
Theme: Together Towards Tomorrow
 
USDA Internet Event Promotion
 
Date: November 23, 2021
 
Time: 1:00pm
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Live captioning and ASL interpreters will be provided
POC: Edward Profit @ edward.profit@usda.gov

FY2022 National Disability Employment Awareness Month Observances

Date

Agency

Event Description

9/29/2021

APHIS/OASCR
(USDA-Wide)

Theme: The Importance of Disability Self-Reporting

In observance of National Disability Employment Awareness month, the APHIS Office of Civil Rights, Diversity & Inclusion will be hosting a Brown Bag session discussing the importance of disability status and self-reporting/self-identification. The interactive brown bag session will address employee questions and concerns with reporting disabilities and updating their disability status in the Employee Personal Page.

Program Link: www.zoomgov.com/j/1606521219

1:00 pm (EDT)

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

10/5/2021

OASCR
Forest Service
TARGET Center
OCIO
(USDA-Wide)

Series I: Disability Etiquette

Disability inclusion involves creating an environment where people with disabilities are valued for their strengths and have the same opportunities to succeed. During this interactive training, attendees will learn why disability inclusion is important, gain etiquette strategies, and boost their knowledge on how to power disability inclusion within the workplace.

1:00 – 2:30 pm EDT

POC: Michael Dukes @ Michael.dukes@usda.gov

POC: D’Ann Clayton @ D'Ann.Clayton@usda.gov

10/6/2021

TARGET Center
(USDA-Wide)

Developing Inner and Outer Resilience: At Work and at Home (Adaptive Yoga) Matthew Sanford, Founder, Mind Body Solutions.

The pandemic has changed the very rhythm and underlying structures of our lives. We are absorbing the unknown at every turn, all the while undergoing an increase in isolation.  This workshop presents practical insights to deal with change and uncertainty. Having survived a devastating car accident at age thirteen that claimed the lives of his father and sister and left him paralyzed from the chest down, the Presenter is an expert in mind-body integration to improve resilience.

Register here!

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT

POC: D’Ann Clayton @ D'Ann.Clayton@usda.gov

10/7/2021

TARGET Center
(USDA-Wide)

Digital Inclusiveness

JT Doolittle, TPGi

Accessibility software solutions are ideal for agencies to manage their digital accessibility program. During this training, participants will gain a complete understanding of tools, educational resources to drive awareness and support remediation efforts.

Register here!

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT

POC: D’Ann Clayton @ D'Ann.Clayton@usda.gov

10/12/2021

OASCR
Forest Service
TARGET Center
OCIO
(USDA-Wide)

Series II: Reasonable Accommodations

Reasonable Accommodations in the Workplace –

Part 1

Bobby Whittington, USDA Office of Human Resource Management

USDA’s Office of Human Resources Management (OHRM) will present an overview of USDA’s Reasonable Accommodation Procedures.  Attendees will be provided with a thorough understanding of the basics and learn:

What is a Reasonable Accommodation?

When to Request an Accommodation.

The steps in the Reasonable Accommodation Process.

What are the roles and responsibilities during the Reasonable Accommodation Process?

Whether you’re a disability program manager, EEO or HR Specialist, a supervisor or employee, you will want to be sure to attend this session.

Register here!

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

POC: Michael Dukes @ Michael.dukes@usda.gov

POC: D’Ann Clayton @ D'Ann.Clayton@usda.gov

10/12/2021

TARGET Center
(USDA-Wide)

Neurodiversity at the Workplace – Part 1

AJ Link, JD, Co-Founder, National Disabled Law Students Association

During this training, attendees will receive an approach to eliminate barriers that could prevent success in the workplace and discuss the many ways that neurodivergent professionals excel in the workplace, measured by value they bring to the public and private sectors.

Register here!

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

POC: D’Ann Clayton @ D’Ann.Clayton@usda.gov

10/13/2021

TARGET Center
(USDA-Wide)

Reclaiming Disability
Melissa Yingst

Disability is not a dirty word! How can we reclaim disability while at the same time push for a sense of pride in our identity? Workshop participants will learn of personal experiences and biases towards disability and how individuals can come full circle to be proud to be disabled while learning how to be in solidarity with other disability communities.

Register here!

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT

POC: D’Ann Clayton @ D’Ann.Clayton@usda.gov

10/14/2021

TARGET Center
(USDA-Wide)

Vispero 504 Accommodation for the Remote Worker
Jerry Marindin, Vispero

Vispero is an assistive technology provider for the visually impaired and delivers innovative solutions for blind and low vision individuals. During this workshop, participants will gain an understanding of Vispero’s optical, electronic video magnification, and speech solutions accommodations for the remote worker.

Register here!

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

POC: D’Ann Clayton @ D’Ann.Clayton@usda.gov

10/14/2021

TARGET Center
(USDA-Wide)

Are You Providing Enough Accessibility?
Alison Smith, Automatic Sync Technologies

Automatic Sync Technologies has worked to simplify the process of creating high-quality, accessible video by leveraging smart automation and professional transcribers and describers to offer video accessibility services like closed captions, audio description, live captioning services, and caption translations. The need for accuracy and timeliness in transcription, captioning, and audio description is a concern. Providing equally effective communication to individuals with disabilities is the ultimate goal.

This workshop will provide participants with strategies on how to leverage captions, audio description, and accessible interactive video players to make video fully WCAG 2 AA-compliant.

Register here!

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT

POC: D’Ann Clayton @ D’Ann.Clayton@usda.gov

10/19/2021

TARGET Center
(USDA-Wide)

Neurodiversity at the Workplace – Part 2
Theresa Haskins, Ed.D., Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Southern California; President, Haskins Consulting for Workplace Diversity

Neurodiversity in the workplace promotes equity, inclusion, innovation, and equal opportunities for a growing pool of dynamic talent.  Organizations can create neurodiverse and inclusive cultures by implementing practices that bridge the differences between neurotypical and neurodivergent employees. Learn how you can apply the concept of neurodiversity in the workplace and adopt universal practices that support employee engagement and performance and prove beneficial for all employees.

After completing this training, participants will be able to explain the concept of neurodiversity and why it is a growing area of focus in the workplace; identify three key areas of opportunity in current talent management practices; and apply universal practices to increase neurodiversity, innovation, and flexibility in the workplace.

Register here!

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

POC: D’Ann Clayton @ D’Ann.Clayton@usda.gov

10/19/2021

TARGET Center
(USDA-Wide)

Reasonable Accommodations in the Workplace –

Part 2
Bobby Whittington, USDA Office of Human Resource Management

USDA’s Office of Human Resources Management (OHRM) will present an overview of USDA’s Reasonable Accommodation Procedures.  Attendees will be provided with a thorough understanding of the basics and learn:

What is a Reasonable Accommodation?

When to Request an Accommodation.

The steps in the Reasonable Accommodation Process.

What are the roles and responsibilities during the Reasonable Accommodation Process?

Whether you’re a disability program manager, EEO or HR Specialist, a supervisor or employee, you will want to be sure to attend this session.

Register here!

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT

POC: D’Ann Clayton @ D’Ann.Clayton@usda.gov

10/20/2021

TARGET Center
(USDA-Wide)

Living in More Spaces (Adaptive Yoga)
Matthew Sanford, Founder, Mind Body Solutions

Living more vibrantly in your body is your birthright. This workshop will share mind-body insights and practices to improve the quality of your life. Through breathing and movement techniques accessible to everyone, workshop participants will practice energizing and calming exercises that can serve for a lifetime.

Register here!

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT

POC: D’Ann Clayton @ D’Ann.Clayton@usda.gov

10/20/21

OASCR
Forest Service
TARGET Center
OCIO
(USDA-Wide)

Series III: Section 508 Awareness Event

This October, the USDA’s Section 508 Office in the USDA Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) will host a free two-day 2021 Section 508 Awareness Event. The event will be available via Zoom for Government to promote visibility and awareness of the user experience through accessible technology in conjunction with National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The event is a great opportunity for federal employees and contractors, accessibility professionals, people with disabilities, and IT leadership to come together and gain insights on how accessibility enhances everything we do.

10:00AM – 4:00PM EDT

POC: Michael Dukes @ Michael.dukes@usda.gov

POC: D’Ann Clayton @ D'Ann.Clayton@usda.gov

10/21/2021

TARGET Center
(USDA-Wide)

Humanscale’s Work from Home Tips and Solutions
Stephen DiCarlo, Humanscale

During this workshop, participants will learn how to safely and productively work with ergonomics incorporated into the workstation and acquire skills to work more effectively from any workspace; be it at home or in the office.

Register here!

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

POC: D’Ann Clayton @ D’Ann.Clayton@usda.gov

10/21/2021

TARGET Center
(USDA-Wide)

The Benefits and Power of Meditation
Carmen Gonzalez Reid, Office Images, Inc.

During this workshop, participants will be introduced to the practice of meditation, including the many benefits of meditation/stillness. The benefits of meditation are many including, but not limited to Stress Reduction, Emotional Balance, Increased Focus and Attention, Increased Creativity, Improved Peace of Mind and Happiness, Decreased Blood Pressure, Improves Sleep, Generates Kindness, Manages Pain. A guided meditation session will be provided.

Register here!

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT

POC: D’Ann Clayton @ D’Ann.Clayton@usda.gov

10/26/2021

OASCR
Forest Service
TARGET Center
OCIO
(USDA-Wide)

Series IV: Schedule-A Hiring Authority                  

Schedule A refers to a special hiring authority that gives federal agencies an optional, and potentially quicker, way to hire individuals with disabilities. Applying under Schedule A offers an exception to the traditional competitive hiring process. You can apply for jobs using Schedule A, if you are a person with an intellectual disability, a severe physical disability, or a psychiatric disability.

October 26, 1:00pm – 2:00pm EDT

POC: Michael Dukes @ Michael.dukes@usda.gov

POC: D’Ann Clayton @ D'Ann.Clayton@usda.gov

10/26/2021

TARGET Center
(USDA-Wide)

Neurodiversity at the Workplace – Part 3

Joseph Riddle, Director, Neurodiversity in the Workplace

Neurodiversity at the Workplace – Part 3 workshop presents the value of neurodiversity in the workplace, the design of neurodivergent hiring programs and employee support systems and specific methods and tasks that anyone can take to make the workplace more neurodiverse.

Workshop participants will gain an understanding of the definition, importance, and application of best practices in creating a more neurodiverse workplace. In addition, attendees will recognize common work-culture and interpersonal expectations that result in barriers to neurodivergent‑inclusion.

Register here!

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

POC: D’Ann Clayton @ D’Ann.Clayton@usda.gov

10/26/2021 (USDA-Wide)

The Schedule A Hiring Process and The Role of the Selective Placement Coordinator—Presentation by Mary Weber, Selective Placement Coordinator, REE Mission Area

The federal government recruitment and hiring process may at times be complicated and time consuming. One way to expedite the process and without compromising on the caliber of candidates is to use the Schedule A hiring authority for persons with disabilities. This presentation provides an overview of the schedule A hiring process and the role of a Selective Placement Program Coordinator. The presentation supports USDA’s 2021 National Disability Employment Awareness Month observance.

The presentation can be viewed on demand via the following YouTube link: youtu.be/81dmJWkhQXE

POC: Michael Dukes @ michael.dukes@usda.gov

10/27/2021

TARGET Center
(USDA-Wide)

Tactile the World: A DeafBlind Woman’s Journey
Christine Roschaert

Christine Roschaert is an avid traveler and having traveled to 62 countries worldwide she has had to rely on her instinct, experience, challenges and resources to be able to navigate the globe as a Deafblind woman using a blind‑cane and tactile sign language. During this workshop, participants will learn what protactile American sign language is, discuss recommendations for communicating with Deaf Blind individuals, review the types of tools and equipment that are required and learn of Ms. Roschaert’s experiences related to her challenges and tips.

Register here!

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT

POC: D’Ann Clayton @ D’Ann.Clayton@usda.gov

10/28/2021

TARGET Center
(USDA-Wide)

Ergonomics and Wellbeing: Optimizing your Comfort Regardless of Your “Situation”

- Kevin Butler, MS, CPE, Fitwel Amb., Certified Professional Ergonomist

President, Office Ergonomics Research Council
- Carolyn Ward, Steelcase

Working from home can be extremely challenging for many reasons.  It can take a toll on our physical and mental wellbeing. Please join us for an instructional and entertaining session on ergonomics and wellbeing. These tips can be wielded at home or in the office whether you have adequate equipment or are still struggling to find a comfortable spot to work in.

During this workshop, participants will learn to:
Optimize your comfort, regardless of your “situation”.

Tips/tricks while working from home when you don’t have much to work with at home.

What to look for in furniture when you require items that are ergonomic.

Navigation tricks for the Steelcase Store website.

Register here!

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

POC: D’Ann Clayton @ D’Ann.Clayton@usda.gov

 

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
202-841-4851
Edward.Profit@usda.gov

Departmental SEPM:
Lauren Wesson, EOS
Mission Area Liaison Division
Lauren.Wesson@usda.gov

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

9/29/2021

FS

(Agency Only)

Virtual Event featuring the Forest Service's partnership with Corazon Latino and highlighting efforts to engage Latinx communities in social, environmental, and conservation initiatives that foster natural resource stewardship.

 

12:00 - 1:30 pm (EDT)

 

POC: Fidel Trujillo @ fidel.trujillo@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

10/7/2021

FNS

(Agency Only)

A Celebration of the Hispanic Heritage and Hope will enlighten about real-life stories of Hispanic farmers who will be sharing their experiences responding to the Pandemic and other natural disaster, such as the impact of a category 5th hurricane. A pre-recorded video will capture the participation two non-profit organizations and their role accessing the latinex farmers for connecting them to the USDA Programs and inspire hope to build back better in the uncertainty and complexity of the times.

 

2:00 pm (EDT)

 

POC: Frederick Cheng @ frederick.cheng@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

 

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

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

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

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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

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National Museum of African American History and Culture