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Diversity and Inclusion

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Diversity and Inclusion management is the ability of an organization to create an environment in which differences are valued and integrated into every part of an organization’s operations and leveraged to improve performance.

To maintain our status as a high-performing Federal law enforcement organization, we must continue to rely on our diverse and dynamic workforce while striving to ensure that all of our employees receive the tools to develop the skills, knowledge, and up-to-date training and development necessary to accomplish CBP’s mission.

Also, in order to maintain a positive work environment, we must fully embrace the concept of diversity and inclusion management to create and maintain a positive work environment where the similarities and differences of individuals are respected and valued, so that everyone can reach their full potential and maximize their contributions in the workplace.

Diversity and Inclusion Program Committees:

The Privacy and Diversity Office (PDO) utilizes local Diversity and Inclusion Program Committees (DIPCs), comprised of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) employee volunteers, to build upon diversity awareness and inclusion within our workforce. DCR staff provides local CBP management and DIPCs with leadership, support, and direction in the execution of CBP’s Diversity and Inclusion Management Plan and affirmative employment obligations. (i.e., diversity and inclusion activities, national observances, and outreach to local minority organizations and communities).

CBP Diversity and Inclusion Program Committees work to achieve four goals:

  • Facilitate CBP’s efforts to create a more diverse, inclusive, and engaged workforce where diversity is fostered and valued. We will do this by having diversity and inclusion programs which reflect the diversity of CBP in terms of gender, race/national origin, sexual orientation, and disability.
  • Help build diversity through increased cultural awareness, education and appreciation of differences. Our efforts will exemplify the agency’s commitment to diversity and offer opportunities for CBP employees to learn about other cultures in educational forums designed to develop an appreciation for those who are not like us.
  • Conduct community outreach activities to educate communities regarding career opportunities at CBP. Activities of this nature may include coordination with local schools and community organizations.
  • Engage in activities to support underrepresented minority communities by implementing creative ways to educate and attract these groups to apply for positions with CBP.

 

Diversity and Inclusion Resource:

 
Diversity and Inclusion Program Calendar for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016
Month/Date Diversity and Inclusion Month Legal Authority Theme
Sept. 15 - Oct. 15, 2015 National Hispanic Heritage Month 29 C.F.R. Part 1614 “Energizing Our Nation’s Diversity”
October 2015 National Disability Employment Awareness Month Public Law 100-630 “My Disability is One Part of Who I Am”
October 2015 National Italian American Heritage Month  Presidential Proclamation “Milestones of the Italian American Experience”
October 6, 2015 German American Day Presidential Proclamation “Promoting a Cultural Ancestry”
October 2015 Polish American Heritage Month   Presidential Proclamation "Tracing your Heritage”
October 19, 2015 Disability Mentoring Day N/A N/A
November 2015 National American Indian Heritage Month Presidential Proclamation “Growing Native Leaders: Enhancing Seven Generations”
November 11, 2015 Veterans’ Day Federal Holiday “Remembering Our Veterans:  Freedom is Not Free”
November 16, 2015 National Dutch American Heritage Day Presidential Proclamation “A Culture that is building for the Future”
January 18, 2016 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Federal Holiday “Remember! Celebrate! Act! A Day On…Not a Day Off”
February 2016 National Black History Month Presidential Proclamation "Hallowed Grounds:  Sites of African American Memories"
March 2016 National Women’s History Month Presidential Proclamation "Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government"
March 2016 Irish American Heritage Month 29 C.F.R. Part 1614 “Two Cultures Merged into One”
April 2016 Arab American Heritage Month Presidential Proclamation “Proud of Our Heritage and Proud to Be American”
April 28, 2016 Bring Your Child to Work Day  N/A “Sparking Aha! Moments”
May 2016 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Presidential Proclamation “Walk Together, Embrace Differences, Build Legacies"
May 2016 Jewish American Heritage Month Presidential Proclamation “An American Journey”
June 2016 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month Presidential Proclamation “Solidarity Through Pride”
June 2016 National Caribbean American Heritage Month Presidential Proclamation “Contributing to the American Landscape”
August 2016 Family Heritage Month 29 C.F.R. Part 1614 “People- Our Most Valuable Resource”
August 26, 2016 Women's Equality Day Congressional Resolution “Celebrating Women’s Rights to Vote”
Sept. 15 - Oct. 15, 2016 National Hispanic Heritage Month 29 C.F.R. Part 1614 FY 2016 Theme:  To Be Announced...
October 2016 National Disability Employment Awareness Month Public Law 100-630 FY 2017 Theme:  To Be Announced...
October 2016 National Italian American Heritage Month Presidential Proclamation “Milestones of the Italian American Experience”
October 6, 2016 German American Day Presidential Proclamation “Promoting a Cultural Ancestry”
October 2016 Polish American Heritage Month Presidential Proclamation “Tracing your Heritage”
October 19, 2016 Disability Mentoring Day N/A N/A