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Calendar of Events


Calendar of Events


February 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.

March

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.
April National Volunteer Week

Earth Day - April 22
May 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.
June Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Awareness Month
On June 4th, 2009, USDA Secretary Vilsack signed a Departmental Regulation establishing a Special Emphasis Program (SEP) for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender employees.  Since then, USDA has implemented the GLBT SEP by introducing and building the program throughout all levels of the Department.
September 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.
October 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.

Diversity Day 2012 -
To be dated
November 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