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Diversity and Inclusion


ORMDI maintains an online database of diversity-related observances, events, conferences, and other learning opportunities for your outreach efforts.  This database links to external information on the Internet.  VA is not responsible for the content or privacy policies of these Web sites, and linking to these sites does not constitute endorsement by VA of the sites' sponsors or the information, products, or services they provide.

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:

  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday (January 15)
  • Black History Month (February)
  • Women's History Month (March)
  • Holocaust Remembrance Day, Days of Remembrance (April)
  • Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (May)
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month (June)
  • Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (July 26)
  • Women's Equality Day (August 26)
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week (September)
  • Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15)
  • Disability Employment Awareness Month (October)
  • Disability Employment Mentoring Day (third Wednesday in October)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month (November)

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: