Diversity and Inclusion
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 Resources:
- CBP Diversity and Inclusion Policy Statement
- CBP's Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan (Fiscal Years 2016 – 2020)
- Poster: Diversity Makes Us Stronger
- FAQ: Diversity and Inclusion
- CBP Disability Affirmative Action Plan (Fiscal Year 2018)
|Month/Date||Diversity and Inclusion Month||Legal Authority||Theme|
|Sept. 15 - Oct. 15, 2019||National Hispanic Heritage Month||29 C.F.R. Part 1614||“Hispanics: A History of Serving Our Nation”|
|October 2019||National Disability Employment Awareness Month||Public Law 100-630||"The Right Talent, Right Now"|
|October 2019||National Italian American Heritage Month||Presidential Proclamation||“Milestones of the Italian American Experience”|
|October 6, 2019||German American Day||Presidential Proclamation||“Promoting a Cultural Ancestry”|
|October 2019||Polish American Heritage Month||Presidential Proclamation||“Tracing your Heritage”|
|October 19, 2019||Disability Mentoring Day||N/A||"Driving Change and Creating Opportunity"|
|November 2019||National Native American Heritage Month||Presidential Proclamation||"Resilience and Determination"|
|November 11, 2019||Veterans’ Day||Federal Holiday||“Honoring the Men and Women Who Served Our Country”|
|November 16, 2019||National Dutch American Heritage Day||Presidential Proclamation||"A Culture that is Building for the Future"|
|January 15, 2020||Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service||Federal Holiday|
“A Day On, Not a Day Off"
|February 2020||National Black History Month||Presidential Proclamation||"African Americans and the Vote"|
|March 2020||National Women’s History Month||Presidential Proclamation|
"Valiant Women of the Vote"
|March 2020||Irish American Heritage Month||29 C.F.R. Part 1614||"Color, Culture, Community"|
|April 2020||Arab American Heritage Month||Presidential Proclamation||"A Rich History"|
|April 27, 2020||Bring Your Child to Work Day||N/A||TBD|
|May 2020||Asian Pacific American Heritage Month||Presidential Proclamation||TBD|
|May 2020||Jewish American Heritage Month||Presidential Proclamation||TBD|
|June 2020||Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month||Presidential Proclamation||"Millions of Moments of Pride"|
|June 2020||National Caribbean American Heritage Month||Presidential Proclamation||"A Colorful History"|
|August 2020||Family Heritage Month||29 C.F.R. Part 1614||"People - Our Most Valuable Resource"|
|August 26, 2020||Women's Equality Day||Congressional Resolution||"100th Anniversary of Women's Right to Vote"|