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Special Emphasis Programs

Special Emphasis Programs 

By establishing and utilizing Special Emphasis Programs (SEP) and engaging with affinity groups, VA raises employee awareness of the importance of diversity and demonstrates the Department’s commitment to a model Equal Employment Opportunity workplace.  For VA specific programs, please refer to the following links (listed alphabetically):

OtherAffirmative Employment Programs 

Observances ( VA SEP Observances Memo [PDF])
ORMDI provides a SEP Observances Toolkit as guidance to field facilities on implementing activities for special observances, including the following:

  • Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15)
  • National Black History Month (February)
  • Women’s History Month (March)
  • Transgender Day of Visibility (March 31)
  • Federal Inter-Agency Holocaust Remembrance Program (April)
  • Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month (May)
  • Pride Month (June)
  • Juneteenth (June 19)
  • Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (July 26)
  • Women’s Equality Day (August 26)
  • National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15)
  • National Disability Employment Awareness Month (October)
  • Disability Mentoring Day (third Wednesday in October)
  • National Native American Heritage Month (November)
  • Transgender Day of Remembrance (November 20)

External Affinity Conferences Approved for VA-wide Participation
VA External Affinity Conferences Memo [PDF])
The following external affinity conferences have been approved for VA-wide participation:

Diversity & Inclusion Section Pages

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