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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) 2020

Month/DateDiversity and Inclusion MonthLegal AuthorityTheme
Sept. 15 - Oct. 15, 2019National Hispanic Heritage Month29 C.F.R. Part 1614“Hispanics: A History of Serving Our Nation”
October 2019National Disability Employment Awareness MonthPublic Law 100-630"The Right Talent, Right Now"
October 2019National Italian American Heritage Month Presidential Proclamation“Milestones of the Italian American Experience”
October 6, 2019German American DayPresidential Proclamation“Promoting a Cultural Ancestry”
October 2019Polish American Heritage Month  Presidential Proclamation“Tracing your Heritage”
October 19, 2019Disability Mentoring DayN/A"Driving Change and Creating Opportunity"
November 2019National Native American Heritage MonthPresidential Proclamation"Resilience and Determination"
November 11, 2019Veterans’ DayFederal Holiday“Honoring the Men and Women Who Served Our Country”
November 16, 2019National Dutch American Heritage DayPresidential Proclamation"A Culture that is Building for the Future"
January 15, 2020Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of ServiceFederal Holiday

“A Day On, Not a Day Off"

February 2020National Black History MonthPresidential Proclamation"African Americans and the Vote"
March 2020National Women’s History MonthPresidential Proclamation

"Valiant Women of the Vote"

March 2020Irish American Heritage Month29 C.F.R. Part 1614"Color, Culture, Community"
April 2020Arab American Heritage MonthPresidential Proclamation"A Rich History"
April 27, 2020Bring Your Child to Work Day N/ATBD
May 2020Asian Pacific American Heritage MonthPresidential ProclamationTBD
May 2020Jewish American Heritage MonthPresidential ProclamationTBD
June 2020Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride MonthPresidential Proclamation"Millions of Moments of Pride"
June 2020National Caribbean American Heritage MonthPresidential Proclamation"A Colorful History"
August 2020Family Heritage Month29 C.F.R. Part 1614"People - Our Most Valuable Resource"
August 26, 2020Women's Equality DayCongressional Resolution"100th Anniversary of Women's Right to Vote"
Last modified: 
April 16, 2020