Diversity Day 2014:

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MLK Food Drive: Thank you for participating!

The Diversity Council of the Federal Executive Board extends a warm thank you to all who participated in the Martin Luther King Jr. Food drive in January. On February 5th, the Diversity Council collected food donations from Federal agencies around the metro area and supplied Second Harvest food shelf with thousands of pounds of food for those in need. 

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The Federal Executive Board Diversity Council promotes and coordinates interagency programs to achieve representative employment of minorities, women and persons with disabilities throughout the local Federal work force. The Diversity Council has oversight responsibility for all Special Emphasis Programs of the Federal Executive Board. The council works together in an interagency basis to advance the cause of Special Emphasis programming within the Federal Government.

 

Resources

 

Special Emphasis Programs

Each month, the FEB Diversity Council organizes resources, historical data, and often training to support the special emphasis program of the month. 

Special Emphasis Programs are implemented and observed primarily to ensure that minorities, women, people with various disabilities, and people with various sexual orientations are provided an equal opportunity in employment and program delivery activities. These programs improve the workplace environment by promoting and fostering diversity in the workplace through awareness, and to educate others to appreciate, value, understand, and celebrate social and cultural similarities and differences.                           

 

 

logoApril 2014

Click the image to the left to read about this month's Genocide Awareness and Prevention month, and learn how Federal agencies in Minnesota are supporting this special emphasis during the month of April.

 

 

Diversity Womens month imageMarch 2014

Click the image to the left to read about this month's Women's History celebrations, and learn how Federal agencies in Minnesota are supporting this special emphasis during the month of March.

Test your knowledge of Women's history and take a quiz! Click here

 

 

Black History 2014 imageFebruary 2014

Click the image to the left to read about this month's Black History celebrations and learn how Federal agencies in Minnesota are supporting this special emphasis during the month of February.

 

Other Black History month celebrations are posted on the FEB Facebook page.

 

MLKthumbnail 2014January 2014

Click the image to the left to read about this month's MLK celebrations and learn how Federal agencies in Minnesota are supporting this special emphasis during the month of January, especially on January 20.

 

 

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Click the image to the left to read about this month's Hispanic Heritage month celebrations and learn how Federal agencies in Minnesota are supporting this special emphasis during the month of September!

 

 

 

AsiaPacificMonthMay2013 Page 1May 2013

Click the image to the left to read about Asian-Pacific Islander month celebrations and learn how Federal agencies in Minnesota are supporting this special emphasis during the month of May!

 

 

 

March Womens History

March 2013

Click the image to the left to read about Women's History month celebrations and learn how Federal agencies in Minnesota are supporting this special emphasis during the month of March!

 

 

BlackHistoryMonthFeb2013February 2013

Click the image to the left to read about Black History month celebrations and learn how Federal agencies in Minnesota are supporting this special emphasis during the month of February!

 

 

 

Native American Heritage Month Nov2012-1November 2012

Click the image to the left to read about Native American History month celebrations and learn how Federal agencies in Minnesota can support this special emphasis during the month of November!

 

 

 

 

*The Diversity Council is not responsible for the content or accuracy of information on the given websites.

To view past year's special emphasis month programs and activities, visit the FEB Federal Resources page.

 

Contact

 

2014 Diversity Day Speaker Biographies:

Steven C. Hine

Dr. Hine has been with the Labor Market Information Office at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development for over 16 years, and has been Research Director of the office for the past 11 years. In this capacity, he and his staff of 30 are responsible for the production, analysis and dissemination of the official employment and unemployment statistics for the State of Minnesota. Dr. Hine also participates on numerous councils and workgroups with other states’ directors and officials with the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics and Employment and Training Administration. Prior to joining DEED, Dr. Hine taught economics at colleges and universities in New York, Washington, Arkansas, and Minnesota. Dr. Hine has a bachelor’s degree from Bemidji State University and master’s and doctorate degrees from Washington State University.

Breakout I

Fred Amran

Fred M. B. Amram is a retired award winning professor of communication and creativity. He has authored books and articles about these themes. His courses about organizational communication, group discussion, public speaking and male/female communication have been featured at Universities nationally. Amram has fifty years of experience consulting for business, industry and government on three continents. In presenting Professor Amram the Patent and Trademark Office’s prestigious Excellence in Education Award, the Commissioner of the PTO referred to Amram as “excellence in education personified.”

Shared Neutrals:

Alicia Perkins

Alicia Perkins works in Human Resources for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of Interior. She has been working for the Federal Government for over 24 years. She is an active federal workplace mediator and conflict coach, having received her mediation training through Hamline University Law School and William Mitchell Law School as part of the Conflict Resolution Center program. She currently serves as a member of the Twin Cities Federal Executive Board's Shared Neutrals Council.

Amy Schwarz

Amy Schwarz, Attorney, United States Department of Housing and urban Development, Office of General Counsel. Amy joined HUD’s Minnesota Field Office in 2009 in the Office of General Counsel. Ms. Schwarz works closely with the Associate Regional Counsel for Housing Finance and Programs, the Senior Attorney Advisor, and the HUD staff to address the legal needs of the Department’s many programs. Her clients include the Multifamily Production and Asset Management, Healthcare, Public Housing and Community and Planning Development Divisions. Ms. Schwarz reviews loan documents and conducts closings for the FHA Multifamily and Healthcare Insurance Programs and assists the divisions in administering HUD programs in the state. In April 2010, Ms. Schwarz completed a four-week rotation in the Office of Assisted Housing and Community Development at HUD Headquarters where she worked on a special project for the Secretary of HUD and HUD’s General Counsel.

Ms. Schwarz graduated summa cum laude from the College of Saint Benedict located in St. Joseph, Minnesota. She graduated cum laude, with her J.D. from Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul and was admitted to the Minnesota Bar in 2009. During law school, Ms. Schwarz was the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Public Law and Policy and worked as a law clerk in the Minnesota Court of Appeals, Hennepin County Attorney’s Office and Central Minnesota Legal Services. Prior to law school, Ms. Schwarz coordinated a volunteer and outreach program at Deborah’s Place, a non-profit housing provider for women who are homeless in Chicago, Illinois.

Corey Stoglin

Corey began his Federal Service in the U.S. Army in 1993. He is a Veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, with over 20 years of military service as an enlisted soldier and Commissioned Officer. Corey’s Military Awards and Decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the NATO Medal (Afghanistan). In 2009 Corey joined the U.S. Department of Labor and currently works as a Compliance Officer in the Minneapolis District Office of the U.S. Department of Labor (OFCCP).

Corey graduated from the University of Iowa where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and History; he is also a graduate of the Department of Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute.

Duane Voy

Duane Voy is a manager with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Risk Management Agency in St Paul, MN and has been active in area agriculture and risk management for over 26 years. A native of Iowa, Duane received a B.S. degree in Agronomy and International Agriculture from Iowa State University and is a Project Management Professional (PMP) in good standing. He is an active federal workplace mediator, having received mediation training at Hamline University Law School, and is Co-Chair of the Minnesota Federal Executive Board's Shared Neutrals Council.

Bee Vang-Moua

Bee Vang-Moua is currently the Director of Hmong Language Program in the Asian Languages and Literature Department at the University of MN Twin cities. Besides her work in supporting students and structuring the Hmong language curriculum, Bee teaches first, second and third year students in the classroom. Prior to her work at the University of Minnesota, Bee worked and collaborated with Wilder Foundation, Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys as well as Saint Paul Public Schools in many leading and coordinating roles. She has been a liaison for the schools, students and parents alike for over 10 years. She is currently the author to one of the first Hmong Language Textbooks as well as a facilitator and adviser to teachers of Hmong.

Consul General of Mexico Alberto Fierro

 

The current Consul of Mexico in Saint Paul, Minnesota, is a member of Mexico´s Diplomatic Corps since 1993. He served as Consul of Mexico in Orlando, Florida (2010-2013). At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs he has served as Director General for Educational and Cultural Cooperation (2007-2009); Deputy Director General for North America (2001-2003), and Director of Cultural Agreements (1992-1994). He has served as Deputy Cultural Attaché at the Mexican Embassy in Washington, U.S.A. (1994-1997), and as Cultural Attaché at the Mexican Embassy in Canada (1998-2001).

He was Director General for International Affairs at the National Council for Culture and the Arts of Mexico between 2004 and 2006. He also served as Deputy Director for Reading Promotion at said Council between 1983 and 1989.

Mr. Fierro taught social sciences at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, and served as Director of the Social Promotion Department at the same University. He has also taught social sciences at the UNAM-extension in Canada.

He has a BA in Sociology from Universidad Iberoamericana and a Master in Latin-American History from Georgetown University.

Vicky Knickerbocker

Vicky Knickerbocker has been teaching at Inver Hills Community College since the fall of 2004. Prior to becoming employed as a full-time, unlimited Human Services and Sociology Instructor at Inver Hills Community College in August of 2007, Vicky worked for the Center of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus as an Outreach Educator from September of 2002 to August of 2007. She has been teaching a 3-credit Humanities course about the Holocaust at Inver Hills Community College since January of 2008.

She has fostered her knowledge of Holocaust and Genocide Studies over the past 10 years by completing a wide variety of educational activities. These include completing a number of post-graduate courses/summer institutes, attending Holocaust-related seminars and conferences, and participating in several travel/study group experiences. Vicky has traveled to several parts of the world including Southeast Asia, South America, Europe and the Middle East to increase her understanding of how the Holocaust and other genocides continue to affect the lives of people throughout the world. Most recently, she was awarded a $1,800.00 teacher's scholarship to participate in a "Seeds of Forgiveness" Tour led by Eva Kor, Executive Director of the CANDLES Museum in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Melanie Plucinski

Melanie is an enrolled member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians in Northern Wisconsin. Melanie earned a bachelor's degree in political science and social justice from the University of Minnesota. She went on to obtain a master's of public health, also from the U of M, in administration and policy with an emphasis in health disparities. Melanie has been involved with community-based participatory research on type II diabetes as well as spending two years as a community health worker in the Phillips Neighborhood Clinic.

She currently works tracking legislation and coordinating policy initiatives related to issues affecting American Indians in Minnesota. Additionally, Melanie directs the Dakota and Ojibwe Language Grant program, which is funded with Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Legacy dollars. Prior to moving into this position, Melanie worked with the Department of Human Services' Office of Economic Opportunity, providing evaluation, monitoring, and technical assistance to tribal grantees.

Growing up on Bad River reservation instilled Melanie with the knowledge of existing disparities between American Indian people and the general population. Her path has led her to opportunities to work collectively to diminish and eventually eliminate disparities. Melanie enjoys traveling back home to spend time with family, gather wild rice with her grandmother, and spear fish with her cousins and father.

Alicia Smith

Alicia Smith is an enrolled member of the Pitka’s Point Tribal community in Alaska. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Minnesota-Morris. Alicia works for the Office of Indian Policy at the MN Department of Human Services for the past year and a half. Her work is comprised of Tribal Relations with an emphasis in programs related to Children and Family Services.

Prior to joining DHS, Alicia worked for the American Indian Family Center in Saint Paul in many different capacities including Outreach Worker, youth worker co-founding and organizing the only St. Paul American Indian Girl Scout Group, and most recently the Employment Services Director which included implementation and over site of the TANF program in Ramsey County for American Indians.

Smith has been active in the philanthropic sector serving on funding boards, mentoring youth to rate and review grants and was selected to be a Leadership Apprentice and intern with the Grotto Foundation and is a recent graduate of the Circle of Leadership Academy with Native Americans in Philanthropy.

All of the work Alicia does is on behalf of the American Indian community so they can reach their full potential – intellectually, emotionally, physically and spiritually

 

Breakout II

Betty Strophus

During World War II, a select group of young women pilots became pioneers, heroes, and role models...They were the Women Airforce Service Pilots, WASP, the first women in history trained to fly American military aircraft. Mrs. Elizabeth Bridget "Betty Wall" Strohfus audaciously served her nation during WWII as a W.A.S.P. She served from 1943 until the W.A.S.P. were disbanded in December 1944. Piloting eight different aircraft including the B-17, B-26, P-39, and her favorite the AT-6, she flew anti-aircraft training missions against U.S. Army ground and bomber forces, towed aerial targets, and even instructed male cadets in the skill of instrument flight. Her critical efforts not only prepared and trained soldiers and airmen for war, but also freed male pilots to remain in combat. Strohfus was born in Faribault Minnesota on November 15, 1919.

Bee Vang-Moua

Bee Vang-Moua is currently the Director of Hmong Language Program in the Asian Languages and Literature Department at the University of MN Twin cities. Besides her work in supporting students and structuring the Hmong language curriculum, Bee teaches first, second and third year students in the classroom. Prior to her work at the University of Minnesota, Bee worked and collaborated with Wilder Foundation, Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys as well as Saint Paul Public Schools in many leading and coordinating roles. She has been a liaison for the schools, students and parents alike for over 10 years. She is currently the author to one of the first Hmong Language Textbooks as well as a facilitator and adviser to teachers of Hmong.

Tom Haley

Tom grew up in St. Paul. He graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a bachelor’s of arts in History. Tom worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture for 33 years in Chicago, Washington, D.C. and Minneapolis. He has been retired from office for 15 years. He is interested in books and traveling. He is a volunteer reader for the Blind. He is also a Meal deliverer for Meals on Wheels, and helper at Ramsey County Historical Society.

Michael Sanford

Michael Sanford is employed by the Air Force Reserve as a Work/Life Consultant and Director of Airman and Family Readiness. He is a retired Senior Master Sergeant and former First Sergeant with the Air Force. He holds a Masters Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and is currently earning his licensure in Social Work with Indiana University. He’s knowledgeable on the federal hiring process and has co-created and taught several courses, including the Career Transition Course for military, veterans and retirees.

Consul General of Ecuador Silvia Ontaneda

Silvia Ontaneda, Consul General of Ecuador to Minnesota and Vice-President, and Dean of the Minnesota Consular Corps. A career diplomat and an International Law Attorney, has represented Ecuador in Minnesota since the opening of the mission in 2009. She holds a Doctorate in Law degree from the Universidad Catolica de Ecuador and an LLM from the University of Minnesota Law School, as well as JD studies in Intellectual Property Law for Indigenous Knowledge and Human Rights. Her areas of expertise are International Mediation and Arbitration. Ms. Ontaneda is an avid advocate for Women and Children’s Rights as well as Latin American social and economic advancement

Melanie Plucinski

Melanie is an enrolled member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians in Northern Wisconsin. Melanie earned a bachelor's degree in political science and social justice from the University of Minnesota. She went on to obtain a master's of public health, also from the U of M, in administration and policy with an emphasis in health disparities. Melanie has been involved with community-based participatory research on type II diabetes as well as spending two years as a community health worker in the Phillips Neighborhood Clinic.

She currently works tracking legislation and coordinating policy initiatives related to issues affecting American Indians in Minnesota. Additionally, Melanie directs the Dakota and Ojibwe Language Grant program, which is funded with Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Legacy dollars. Prior to moving into this position, Melanie worked with the Department of Human Services' Office of Economic Opportunity, providing evaluation, monitoring, and technical assistance to tribal grantees.

Growing up on Bad River reservation instilled Melanie with the knowledge of existing disparities between American Indian people and the general population. Her path has led her to opportunities to work collectively to diminish and eventually eliminate disparities. Melanie enjoys traveling back home to spend time with family, gather wild rice with her grandmother, and spear fish with her cousins and father.

Alicia Smith

Alicia Smith is an enrolled member of the Pitka’s Point Tribal community in Alaska. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Minnesota-Morris. Alicia works for the Office of Indian Policy at the MN Department of Human Services for the past year and a half. Her work is comprised of Tribal Relations with an emphasis in programs related to Children and Family Services.

Prior to joining DHS, Alicia worked for the American Indian Family Center in Saint Paul in many different capacities including Outreach Worker, youth worker co-founding and organizing the only St. Paul American Indian Girl Scout Group, and most recently the Employment Services Director which included implementation and over site of the TANF program in Ramsey County for American Indians.

Smith has been active in the philanthropic sector serving on funding boards, mentoring youth to rate and review grants and was selected to be a Leadership Apprentice and intern with the Grotto Foundation and is a recent graduate of the Circle of Leadership Academy with Native Americans in Philanthropy.

All of the work Alicia does is on behalf of the American Indian community so they can reach their full potential – intellectually, emotionally, physically and spiritually

 

Breakout III

Fred Amran

Fred M. B. Amram is a retired award winning professor of communication and creativity. He has authored books and articles about these themes. His courses about organizational communication, group discussion, public speaking and male/female communication have been featured at Universities nationally. Amram has fifty years of experience consulting for business, industry and government on three continents. In presenting Professor Amram the Patent and Trademark Office’s prestigious Excellence in Education Award, the Commissioner of the PTO referred to Amram as “excellence in education personified.”

William Pierce

William D. Pierce is the Supervisor Financial Administrative Specialist with the Dept. of Veteran Affairs Office of Finance, VA Debt Management Center. He serves as the principle point of contact for veterans, dependents, service organizations, state and county VA offices seeking account information and services from the Debt Management Center. In his current position as Supervisor Financial Administrative Specialist, he is responsible for the DMC Death Team, Bankruptcy Team, and Reports Team. He is also the Vice President of the Equal Employment Opportunity Committee VARO/DMC, served as President/CEO of the NC Chapter of Black Alliance for Educational Options, is a Retired Senior Enlisted Advisor with the US Army, and served as a grant reviewer for the US Department of Education Charter School Start-up grant program. William received his Masters of Sciene in Management and Leadership from Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, New Jersey.

 

Tom Haley

Tom grew up in St. Paul. He graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a bachelor’s of arts in History. Tom worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture for 33 years in Chicago, Washington, D.C. and Minneapolis. He has been retired from office for 15 years. He is interested in books and traveling. He is a volunteer reader for the Blind. He is also a Meal deliverer for Meals on Wheels, and helper at Ramsey County Historical Society.

Consul General of Mexico Alberto Fierro

The current Consul of Mexico in Saint Paul, Minnesota, is a member of Mexico´s Diplomatic Corps since 1993. He served as Consul of Mexico in Orlando, Florida (2010-2013). At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs he has served as Director General for Educational and Cultural Cooperation (2007-2009); Deputy Director General for North America (2001-2003), and Director of Cultural Agreements (1992-1994). He has served as Deputy Cultural Attaché at the Mexican Embassy in Washington, U.S.A. (1994-1997), and as Cultural Attaché at the Mexican Embassy in Canada (1998-2001).

He was Director General for International Affairs at the National Council for Culture and the Arts of Mexico between 2004 and 2006. He also served as Deputy Director for Reading Promotion at said Council between 1983 and 1989.

Mr. Fierro taught social sciences at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, and served as Director of the Social Promotion Department at the same University. He has also taught social sciences at the UNAM-extension in Canada.

He has a BA in Sociology from Universidad Iberoamericana and a Master in Latin-American History from Georgetown University.

 

Shared Neutrals:

Alicia Perkins

Alicia Perkins works in Human Resources for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of Interior. She has been working for the Federal Government for over 24 years. She is an active federal workplace mediator and conflict coach, having received her mediation training through Hamline University Law School and William Mitchell Law School as part of the Conflict Resolution Center program. She currently serves as a member of the Twin Cities Federal Executive Board's Shared Neutrals Council.

Amy Schwarz

Amy Schwarz, Attorney, United States Department of Housing and urban Development, Office of General Counsel. Amy joined HUD’s Minnesota Field Office in 2009 in the Office of General Counsel. Ms. Schwarz works closely with the Associate Regional Counsel for Housing Finance and Programs, the Senior Attorney Advisor, and the HUD staff to address the legal needs of the Department’s many programs. Her clients include the Multifamily Production and Asset Management, Healthcare, Public Housing and Community and Planning Development Divisions. Ms. Schwarz reviews loan documents and conducts closings for the FHA Multifamily and Healthcare Insurance Programs and assists the divisions in administering HUD programs in the state. In April 2010, Ms. Schwarz completed a four-week rotation in the Office of Assisted Housing and Community Development at HUD Headquarters where she worked on a special project for the Secretary of HUD and HUD’s General Counsel.

Ms. Schwarz graduated summa cum laude from the College of Saint Benedict located in St. Joseph, Minnesota. She graduated cum laude, with her J.D. from Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul and was admitted to the Minnesota Bar in 2009. During law school, Ms. Schwarz was the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Public Law and Policy and worked as a law clerk in the Minnesota Court of Appeals, Hennepin County Attorney’s Office and Central Minnesota Legal Services. Prior to law school, Ms. Schwarz coordinated a volunteer and outreach program at Deborah’s Place, a non-profit housing provider for women who are homeless in Chicago, Illinois.

Corey Stoglin

Corey began his Federal Service in the U.S. Army in 1993. He is a Veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, with over 20 years of military service as an enlisted soldier and Commissioned Officer. Corey’s Military Awards and Decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the NATO Medal (Afghanistan). In 2009 Corey joined the U.S. Department of Labor and currently works as a Compliance Officer in the Minneapolis District Office of the U.S. Department of Labor (OFCCP).

Corey graduated from the University of Iowa where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and History; he is also a graduate of the Department of Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute.

Duane Voy

Duane Voy is a manager with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Risk Management Agency in St Paul, MN and has been active in area agriculture and risk management for over 26 years. A native of Iowa, Duane received a B.S. degree in Agronomy and International Agriculture from Iowa State University and is a Project Management Professional (PMP) in good standing. He is an active federal workplace mediator, having received mediation training at Hamline University Law School, and is Co-Chair of the Minnesota Federal Executive Board's Shared Neutrals Council.

Michael Sanford

Michael Sanford is employed by the Air Force Reserve as a Work/Life Consultant and Director of Airman and Family Readiness. He is a retired Senior Master Sergeant and former First Sergeant with the Air Force. He holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and is currently earning his licensure in Social Work with Indiana University. He’s knowledgeable on the federal hiring process and has co-created and taught several courses, including the Career Transition Course for military, veterans and retirees.