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Diversity and Inclusion

Various images of CBP employees (Officers, Agents, etc.) with text that reads: Diversity Makes Us Stronger.

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. PDO 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:

Diversity and Inclusion Program Calendar for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021

Month/DateDiversity and Inclusion MonthLegal AuthorityTheme

October 2020

​National Disability Employment Awareness Month

​Public Law 100-630

Increasing Access and Opportunity

October 2020

European American Heritage Month

CBP Policy

National Native American Heritage Month

Public Law 99-471; Public Law 101-343

Veterans Day

52 Stat. 351; 5 U.S. Code, Sec. 87a; Public Law 380

January 2021

​Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

​Public Law 98-144

Remember, Celebrate, Act! A Day On, Not A Day Off!

​February 2021

National Black History Month

​Public Law 99-244

The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity

March 2021

National Women's History Month

​Public Law 97-28; Public Law 100-9

Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to Be Silenced

March 2021

Irish American Heritage Month

Public Law 101-418

Color, Culture, Community

April 2021

Arab American Heritage Month

H. Res. 335

April 22, 2021 

Bring Your Child to Work Day

Public Policy

May 2021

​Jewish American Heritage Month

​Public Law 96-237; H. Con. Res. 315: 120 Stat. 3712

​May 2021

​Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Public Law 95-419; Public Law 101-283

June 2021

​Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month

Presidential Proclamation No. 8387

​​#StillWe Have Pride in 2021 & Beyond

June 2021

​National Caribbean American Heritage Month

H. Con. Res. 71; 120 Stat. 3711

​A Colorful History

August 2021

​Family Heritage Month

​CBP Policy

​People, Our Most Valuable Resource

August 26, 2021

Women's Equality Day

​Public Law 93-105

​Celebrating The Women’s Right to Vote

​September 15 - October 15, 2021

​National Hispanic Heritage Month

​Public Law 90-498; Public Law 100-402

​​Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope

Last modified: 
August 30, 2021