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Hispanic Employment Program

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proudly leads the effort to build a diverse workforce and cultivate an inclusive work environment. We do this by developing and implementing policies and programs that promote diversity and inclusion in our workplace as we strive to ensure that VA’s workforce is drawn from the broadest segments of society so that it is poised to meet the present and future needs of our Nations Veterans, their families, and survivors.

The VA Hispanic Employment Special Emphasis Program is designed to create plans to address potential and validated discriminatory and inequitable practices in hiring and employment and ensure full participation of Hispanics in VA's workforce by implementing plans to eliminate adverse data trends at all levels of the agency.  See 29 Code of Federal Regulation, Part 1614.102(b)(4) for additional information.

Within this framework, some of the specific program objectives include:

  • Identify and address barriers to the hiring, development and advancement of Hispanics.
  • Assist to develop and implement special program initiatives that will enhance the employment and advancement of the Hispanic program.
  • Identify ways to ensure equal consideration for promotions, training, and awards for Hispanics.
  • Monitor separation and disciplinary actions for Hispanics.
  • Serve as liaison between recruiters and internal/external organizations which can assist in recruitment efforts and activities.
  • Develop and maintaining positive working relationships with community, professional and national organizations, college and universities.

In 2009, ODI produced a recruitment video in Spanish to help ensure that VA attracts a diverse pool of qualified applicants…the best and the brightest…ready, willing, and able to serve our diverse Veteran population.  The video is available in English (transcript) and Spanish. VA Careers' Web site also features a recruitment video in Spanish. 

For more information, contact the program manager, or for additional resources, visit the Hispanic Heritage Month page.

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What's New!

  • The VA Hispanic Employment, Retention, and Outreach Strategic Plan FY 2013 - 2016  
    (PDF, Word) has been released.
  • Hispanic Heritage Month 2014 Memo (PDF, Word)

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Explore VA Careers

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Veterans Employment

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Career Advancement Tools

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State of Hispanic Employment at VA

  • League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Convention 2014 4th Annual Hispanic Employment Program Summit (PowerPoint)

Outreach Programs Calendar

  • SACNAS is a society of scientists dedicated to fostering the success of Hispanic/Chicano and Native American scientists—from college students to professionals—to attain advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in science.

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Executive Orders

  • Executive Order 13583 – Establishing a Coordinated Government-wide Initiative to Promote Diversity and Inclusion in the Federal Workforce, August 18, 2011
  • Executive Order 13562 – Recruiting and Hiring Students and Recent Graduates, December 27, 2010
  • Executive Order 11478 – Equal employment opportunity in the Federal Government
  • Executive Order 13171 – Hispanic Employment in the Federal Government, October 12, 2000
  • Executive Order 13555 – White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, October 19, 2010

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Hispanic Congressional Medal Honor Recipients

  • Under development.

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Annual Reporting Requirements and Important Dates

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PowerPoint Presentations

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MOUs and Partnership Agreements

  • Hispanic Association of Colleges and University (HACU) (PDF, Word)
  • Valencia College (PDF, Word)

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VA Resources

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External Resources

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Internship Information

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