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Hispanic Special Emphasis Program


The Hispanic Special Emphasis Program was established by a Presidential Directive in 1970 as a Sixteen Point Program for Spanish Speaking Americans. It was designed to assure consideration of the needs and problems of people of Hispanic origin in all aspects of Federal personnel management. Hispanics are persons of Mexican, Cuban, Central and South American or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.

Mission Statement

The goal of the Hispanic Special Emphasis Program is to address and work towards the representation of Hispanic employees in the NRCS workforce, improve awareness and understanding of Hispanic cultures, and to improve program delivery to Hispanic groups, individuals and communities.

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Hispanic Heritage Month (9/15-10/15)

Hispanic Heritage month runs from September 15 through October 15. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico celebrates its independence days on September 16 and Chile on September 18. Also, Columbus Day or as we call it Día de la Raza (Day of race), which is October 12, falls within this 30-day period.

During this time Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month by recognizing the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans in the United States and also by celebrating their heritage and culture.

2018 Hispanic Heritage Month theme:

“Hispanics: One Endless Voice to Enhance our Traditions.”

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Hispanic Special Emphasis Program Manager

Dayanna Estades
Lancaster Field Office
(717) 874-2521