To facilitate the fair and equitable treatment of USDA customers and employees while ensuring the delivery and enforcement of civil rights programs and activities.
We value our employees and customers and believe in the strength of diversity. We are committed to treating both with dignity and respect. We listen and learn. We take pride in our abilities and are dedicated to contributing to the success of the USDA. We encourage and reward creativity and teamwork. We are open and honest, holding ourselves accountable and possessing the highest level of integrity. We identify the needs and expectations of our employees and customers, and provide quality and timely products and services.
Black History Month
In 1926, Dr. Carter Woodson instituted a week-long celebration of African American contributions to American history. Today, we celebrate the entire month of February as Black History Month.
National Women’s History Month was established by presidential proclamation to draw attention to and rectify the limited focus on women in the study of U.S. history.
National Volunteer Week Earth Day - April 22
Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month
Established by congressional proclamation in 1979 as Asian Heritage Week, President George Bush signed legislation into law in 1992 that made May Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month.
National Hispanic Heritage Month was started in 1968 as National Hispanic Heritage Week and incorporated September 15 and 16, the independence days for Central American nations and Mexico, respectively. In 1988, it expanded to National Hispanic Heritage Month.
National Disability Employment Awareness Month In 1988, presidential proclamation designated October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month in order to promote and encourage the full integration of people with disabilities into the workforce.
National Native American Heritage Month The term "Native American" incorporates hundreds of different tribes and approximately 250 languages. Conceived in 1976 as Native American Week, it became National Native American Heritage Month in 1990 by presidential and congressional proclamation. Veterans Day - November 11