|ARS Special Emphasis Observances|
The following months have been designated as officially recognized Special Emphasis Observances by USDA. These observances (with the exception of April) are derived from the Special Emphasis Programs which have been designed to increase workforce participation among these populations. Many locations choose to celebrate each of these observances with pot luck meals, videos, speakers, presentations, sharing of recommended readings, and/or on-line resources, etc. In addition, some locations sponsor an annual diversity awareness day. The purpose of having some sort of dedicated event, or sharing of resources is to bring attention to these populations and their many contributions, as well as raise awareness among employees about a wide range of topics relating to diversity, culture, history, etc.