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The Federal Executive CouncilDiversity Council promotes and coordinates interagency programs to educate employees on diversity and inclusion within the workplace and retain emplyment ofminorities, women and persons with disabilities throughout the local Federal work force. The Diversity and Inclusion 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. The three main focus points of the council are to Train, Share and Serve. The Diversity and Inclusion Council meets the first Thursday each month. For more information please contactmn_feb@ios.doi.gov

Resources

November is Native American Heritage Month

As a part of Native American Heritage Month, the Minnesota Federal Executive Board’s Diversity & Inclusion Council has worked with the Director of the Nawayee Center School in Minneapolis to share a video forThe Take Care Campaign.The video is about six minutes long and features a young Native American girl who faces feelings of isolation finds hope and herself through a deeper appreciation for her family and culture. The video works best in Google Chrome. The theme for 2019 Native American Heritage month, as provided by the Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE) is,“Honoring Our Nations: Building Strength Through Understanding” November is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. Native American Heritage Month is also an opportune time to educate USCIS employees about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges. Starting November 1, People across the United States will celebrate the rich and diverse culture of the5.2 million Native Americans residing in the country keeping in mind all of the historical sacrifices they’ve made in the country, during the month. You can celebrate this holiday on your own too in order to honor Native Americans by reading about the plight of the people in books by renowned Indian authors like Sherman Alexie, Louise Erdrich among others. You can also listen to classic hymns and songs by renowned Native American musicians such as Steven Rushingwind and Annie Humphrey. You can just taste some traditional dishes like sweet potato soup, fish and cattails while reading or listening to their music. Listed below are more ways you can celebrate: · Use #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth to post on social media. Keep Native American Heritage alive this November, and for all the months to follow! · Trace Indian Ancestry—Trace Indian ancestry. ·Learn how the Census works withAmerican Indians and Alaska Natives. ·In partnership with Native peoples and their allies, the National Museum of the American Indian fosters a richer shared human experience through a more informed understanding of Native peoples. Explore the diversity of the Native people of the Americas at theNational Museum of the American Indian. ·The National Park Service is one of the United States’ leading agencies for history and culture. In addition to preserving important historic sites within national park boundaries, the National Park Service works beyond those boundaries to ensure that everyone’s history is saved. See a list of importantNative American places. · Read a Native American history book, or a novel that dives into the history and traditions of native people. Movies like Pocahontas tend to sensationalize truth about Native American history, so reading a book will likely give you a more realistic vision. · Play a game of lacrosse! Believe it or not, lacrosse was one variety of indigenous stick ball games the American Indians played as early as the 12th century. · There are a few movies made about Native Americans that aren’t as over sensationalized and are definitely worth a watch. Try Reel Injun, Smoke Signals, Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee, and Winter in the Blood. · Get in the kitchen and try a native recipe! There are tons of mouthwatering recipes from native soups, to roasted duck, or even pumpkin bread for a tasty fall treat.

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Access the Diversity and Inclusion in Government (DIG) MAX Page

How to Register

• Visit the MAX homepage at https://www.max.gov • Click on the “Register Now” button at the top right • Fill out the short registration form o Contact MAX Support (202-395-6860, maxsupport@max.gov) if you need assistance registering for a MAX account, creating a password, or logging in to MAX • Once your account is established, you can log in to MAX using your PIV card, CAC card, or MAX user ID and password • The Diversity & Inclusion in Government (DIG) page is located at https://community.max.gov/x/0o60IQ o If you are not currently logged in to MAX, you will be prompted to log in and then automatically redirected to the page

Special Emphasis Programs

Each month, the FEB Diversity & Inclusion 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.
January – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. February – African American History Month
March – National Women’s History Month May – Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month
June – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month September – National Hispanic Heritage Month
October – National Disability Employment Awareness Month November – National American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month
To view past year’s special emphasis month programs and activities, visit the FEB Federal Resources page. Picture of Mission area:  Train

Minnesota State Council on Disability (MSCOD)

“The ADA at 25: Disability Rights in Minnesota” by tpt (Expanded Audio Description) The Disability Community, in partnership with tpt and MSCOD, proudly present “The ADA at 25: Disability Rights in Minnesota,” produced by tpt. “Celebrate 25 Years of the ADA” by tpt‘s David Gillette (Expanded Audio Description) The Disability Community, in partnership with tpt and MSCOD, proudly present “Celebrate 25 Years of the ADA,” created by tpt journalist, David Gillette. Mr. Gillette creates a short, engaging video to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the passage of the ADA into law. We trust this whiteboard video essay offers a fun way to explore an overview of the ADA’s impact on the everyday lives of people with disabilities and the obstacles they face in the workplace. ADA: The Next 25 Years, a live broadcast on October 28, 2015 with former Senator Tom Harkin.

Diversity and Inclusion Program Calendar for Fiscal Year (FY)2020

March 26, 2020- Unconscious Bias training by Federal Mediation and ConciliationServices Participants will explore the fundamental ways we are hard-wired to interpret the world around us, why we react the (sometimes crazy?) ways that we do, and practice strategies together to lead more effectively in stressful situations. Fee: This is a free training. Location:1300 Godward Street NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413 Registerat:https://minnesota.feb.gov/register/training July 23, 2020 – Why Leading on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Requires Emotional Inteligence Continuing to build and inclusive and equitable society will require leaders andrisk takers who are prepared not just intellectually but emotionally. In this practically-focused presentaion, participants will expore how the framework of “emotional intelligence” has much to offer those doing the work of diversity, inclusion and social justice. Fee: Free Location: B.H. Whipple Federal Building, 1 Federal Drive, Suite G303, St. Paul, MN 55111 Register at:https://minnesota.feb.gov/register/training Picture of mission area:  Serve

Diversity and Inclusion Success Stories

  • Urban Academy Charter School (St. Paul) 267 students, K-6: Urban Academy’s mission is to work in partnership with urban parents to provide an opportunity for every child to meet or exceed their individual potential in basic academic and life skills by utilizing research proven methods in a safe, structured and respectful community.
  • Bruce F. Vento Elementary (St. Paul) 516 students, PK-5: Bruce F. Vento’s mission is to educate every student without exception and without excuse, to standard or above in reading, writing, math and science in preparation for college.
  • Nellie Stone Johnson Elementary (Minneapolis) 807 students, PK-5: Nellie Stone Johnson’s mission is to create a school wide community that focuses on a climate of cooperation, academic excellence, and social-emotional competence.
  • Aurora Charter School (Minneapolis) 425 students, PK-8: Aurora’s mission is to operate a center of learning that embraces academic excellence and celebrates academic excellence and celebrates the gift of Latino culture.
Picture of adopt a highway signT The Minneapolis National Weather Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has adopted a stretch of highway and has done highway clean-up. Information about the program on MnDOT’s website here:http://www.dot.state.mn.us/adopt/
  • 4-8 people have volunteered each time, two clean-ups in the past 12-18 months
  • At least 4 are required on the 2 yr contract (twice per year)
  • Our 2 mile stretch is on Highway 169 in Belle Plaine, MN
  • Started for community service and good Public Relations
  • Have collected between 35 and 45 bags of trash for the first two outings combined
Picture of USDA RMA volunteers at Feed My Starving ChildrenPicture of USDA RMA volunteers at Feed My Starving ChildrenPicture of USDA RMA volunteers at Feed My Starving Children The USDA Risk Management Agency, Northern Regional Compliance Office and the St Paul Regional Office coordinated a team building volunteer effort January 20, at Feed My Starving Children to participate in and celebrate the USDA Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service Celebration. Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit organization with indigenous partners in 70 countries where the meals are sent. Volunteers pack dry meals for cooking that are designed to improve the health of malnourished children. The meals include a mixture of rice, soy protein, dehydrated vegetables and vitamins. The total group of about 70 volunteers packed 96 boxes of food, totaling 20,736 meals which will feed 57 children for 1 year. Picture of FEB volunteers at Feed My Starving Children The Diversity and Inclusion Council volunteered at Feed My Starving Children November 2015 as part of the mission to serve. 12 volunteers from the Federal Executive Board and the Diversity and Inclusion Council joined 72 other volunteers to pack 126 boxes totaling 27,216 meals feeding 75 kids for a year. Picture of mission area: Share

Free Training

The Forum on Workplace Inclusion held its 2017 Annual Conference on March 28-30, 2017. There are 16 videos covering a variety of D&I topics. http://forumworkplaceinclusion.org/2017-forum-videos

External Affinity Organizations Web-Links:

The American legion (TAL): TAL was chartered and incorporates by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest veteran’s service organization, committed to mentoring and sponsorship of youth programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting a strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans. The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD): AAPD is a 501 non-profit organization in Washington, D.C. which advocates for the legal rights of people with disabilities. The AAPD was founded on July 25, 1995 as a result of the organizational planning of Paul Hearne, Senator Bob Dole, John Kemp, Justin Dart, Tony Coelho, Pat Wright, Jim Weisman, Lex Frieden, Sylvia Walker, Paul Marchand, Fred Fray, I. King Jordan, Denise Figueroa, Judi Chamberlin, Bill Demby, Deborah Kaplan, Nancy Bloch, Max Starkloff, Mike Auberger, Neil Jacobson, Ralph Neas, Ron Hartley and others. African American Federal Executive Association (AAFEA): To promote the professional development and advancement of African Americans into and within the senior ranks of the United States Government;To sponsor and advocate programs, policies, practices and processes that promote career enhancing opportunities and the development of critical skills for African Americans; andTo establish partnerships and alliances with other senior level associations, public and private sector organizations and academia to leverage resources to develop intellectual capital to effectively execute the business of the federal government. Asian American Government Executives Network (AAGEN): AAGEN was founded in September 1994, is a 501(c) 3 non-profit, non-partisan organization of the highest ranking Asian Pacific American career and appointed executives, Foreign Service officers, legislative and judiciary members, and military officers in the Federal, state, and local governments. The mission of AAGEN is to promote, expand, and support Asian Pacific American leadership in the Federal, State, and Local governments. Blacks in Government, Inc. (BIG): BIG is a national grass roots organization that promotes and supports the well-being, education, and professional development of African Americans in the Federal, State, County and municipal sectors. BIG is a national response to the need for African Americans in public service to organize around issues of mutual concern and to use their collective strength to confront workplace and community place. Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC): FAPAC is an organization that promotes equal opportunity and cultural diversity for APAs within the Federal and District of Columbia governments. FAPAC encourages the participation and advancement of APAs in the Government workforce. Federally Employed Women (FEW): FEW is a private membership organization working as an advocacy group to improve the status of women employed by the Federal government and by the District of Columbia government. FEDQ: A National Employee Resource Group For LGBT and ALLIES in the government Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) – Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality: GLMA’s mission is to ensure equality in healthcare for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)individuals and healthcare providers. Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU): HACU fulfills its mission by promoting the development of member colleges and universities; improving access to and the quality of post-secondary educational opportunities for Hispanic students; and meeting the needs of business, industry and government through the development and sharing of resources, information and expertise. League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC): LULAC is the largest and oldest Hispanic organization in the United States. LULAC advances the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, health and civil rights of Hispanic Americans through community-based programs operating at more than 700 LULAC councils nationwide. The organization involves and serves all Hispanic nationally groups. National Association of Hispanic Federal Executive (NAHFE): NAHFE is an executive leadership Association aiding American in recruiting and developing Hispanic leaders for the Federal public service. In 1980, NAHFE was established to help advocate hiring into the senior policy positions and provide executive leadership career development training. National Image Inc.: IMAGE was originally founded in 1972 to address the needs of Hispanic employees in the Federal government. Later, however, the membership saw a need to expand their activities to serve the needs of Hispanic outside the Federal government. The new organization, National Image, expanded its activities to increase its impact on employment, education and civil rights. Out & Equal Workplace Advocates: Out & Equal Workplace Advocates is the world’s premier nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender workplace equality. Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE): SAIGE is a national organization that serves the needs of American Indian (AI) and an Alaska Native (AN) government employee, SAIGE provides a forum to address the challenges of American Indian Tribes and government work community. Student Veterans of America (SVA): SVA is a coalition of student veterans groups from college campus across the United States. Founded in January of 2008, SVA is a 501 (C) (3) tax-exempt organizations that works to develop new student groups, coordinate between existing student groups, and advocate on behalf of student veterans at the local, state, and national level. U.S. Department of Education White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) https://sites.ed.gov/whhbcu/ *The Diversity & Inclusion Council is not responsible for the content or accuracy of information on the given websites.

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