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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.

Special Emphasis Program Committees

Special Emphasis Program Committees (formerly known as Diversity and Inclusion Program Committees)

The Privacy and Diversity Office (PDO) utilizes local Special Emphasis Program Committees (SEPCs), 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 SEPCs 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 Special Emphasis 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

Special Emphasis Program Calendar for Fiscal Year 2024

Month/Date Special Emphasis Month Theme
October 2023 National Disability Employment Awareness Month Advancing Access and Equity
November 2023 National Native American Heritage Month Tribal Nations Soaring to New Heights
January 15, 2024 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Remember, Celebrate, Act! A Day On, Not A Day Off!
February 2024 National Black History Month African Americans and the Arts
March 2024 National Women's History Month Women Who Advocate for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
May 2024 Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Advancing Leaders Through Innovation
June 2024 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex+ (LGBTQI+) Pride Month Behind the Lens
June 19, 2024 Juneteenth National Independence Day Freedom Day
August 26, 2024 Women's Equality Day Embrace Equity
September 15 - October 15, 2024 National Hispanic Heritage Month Pioneers of Change: Shaping the Future Together


Last Modified: Apr 30, 2024