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Special Emphasis Programs

By establishing and utilizing Special Emphasis Programs and engaging with affinity groups, agencies can raise employee awareness of the importance of diversity and demonstrate the agency's commitment to a model EEO workplace. For VA specific programs, please refer to the links below.

Visit the Diversity Organizations Web page to learn more about organizations that serve the special emphasis groups above.

For more information on special emphasis program observances, see the Memo.

For more information on external affinity conferences approved for VA-wide participation, see the FY 2018 Memo.

External Affinity Organizations Web-links (External to VA):

African American Federal Executive Association (AAFEA)
http://www.aafea.org

Asian American Government Executives Network (AAGEN)
http://www.aagen.org

Blacks in Government, Inc. (BIG)
http://www.bignet.org/index.php/home

Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC)
http://www.fapac.org

Federally Employed Women (FEW)
https://www.few.org

Federal Employees with Disabilities (FEDS)
http://www.fedsfirst.com/home.html

FEDQ - A National Employee Resource Group For LGBT+ and ALLIES in the government
http://fedq.org

Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) – Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality
http://www.glma.org/index.cfm?nodeid=1

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) http://www.hacu.net/hacu/default.asp

League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
http://lulac.org

Out & Equal Workplace Advocates
http://www.outandequal.org

Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE)
http://saige.org

U.S. Department of Education White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
http://www.ed.gov/edblogs/whhbcu