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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 external affinity conferences approved for VA-wide participation, see the FY 2020 Memo.

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

African American Federal Executive Association (AAFEA)

Asian American Government Executives Network (AAGEN)

Blacks in Government, Inc. (BIG)

Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC)

Federally Employed Women (FEW)

Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) – Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)

League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)

Out & Equal Workplace Advocates

Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE)

U.S. Department of Education White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)