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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. 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:

Diversity and Inclusion Program Calendar for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019
Month/Date Diversity and Inclusion Month Legal Authority Theme
Sept. 15 - Oct. 15, 2018 National Hispanic Heritage Month 29 C.F.R. Part 1614 “Hispanics: One Endless Voice to Enhance our Traditions”
October 2018 National Disability Employment Awareness Month Public Law 100-630 "America's Workforce: Empowering All"
October 2018 National Italian American Heritage Month  Presidential Proclamation “A Salute to Italian Women in America”
October 6, 2018 German American Day Presidential Proclamation “Promoting a Cultural Ancestry”
October 2018 Polish American Heritage Month   Presidential Proclamation “Tracing your Heritage”
October 19, 2018 Disability Mentoring Day N/A N/A
November 2018 National Native American Heritage Month Presidential Proclamation "Sovereignty, Trust and Resilience"
November 10, 2018 Veterans’ Day Federal Holiday “Honoring Our Veterans”
November 16, 2018 National Dutch American Heritage Day Presidential Proclamation "A Culture that is Building for the Future"
January 15, 2019 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Federal Holiday

“Remember! Celebrate! Act! A Day On, Not a Day Off"

February 2019 National Black History Month Presidential Proclamation "Black Migrations"
March 2019 National Women’s History Month Presidential Proclamation

"Visionary Women: Champions of Peace and Nonviolence"

March 2019 Irish American Heritage Month 29 C.F.R. Part 1614 "Color, Culture, Community"
April 2019 Arab American Heritage Month Presidential Proclamation "Proud of Our Heritage and Proud to be American"
April 27, 2019 Bring Your Child to Work Day  N/A "Workforce of the Future"
May 2019 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Presidential Proclamation "Unite our Mission by Engaging Each Other"
May 2019 Jewish American Heritage Month Presidential Proclamation "A Time to Remember"
June 2019 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month Presidential Proclamation "Millions of Moments of Pride"
June 2019 National Caribbean American Heritage Month Presidential Proclamation "Contributing to the American Landscape"
August 2019 Family Heritage Month 29 C.F.R. Part 1614 "People - Our Most Valuable Resource"
August 26, 2019 Women's Equality Day Congressional Resolution "Celebrating Women's Right to Vote"
Last modified: 
August 12, 2019