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Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The National Council of Hispanic Employment Program Managers announced the 2017 Hispanic Heritage Month theme: “Shaping the Bright Future of America”.  The theme invites us to reflect on Hispanic American’s vitality and meaningful legacy in our Nation’s cultural framework.

This theme embodies the ideal that Hispanics shape the bright future of America through contributions to all aspects of America’s daily life and national endeavors.  Whether it be defending our nation or exploring the universe, conducting scientific research or providing services, in the law or in the arts, in community leadership, finance, sports, or in any other activity, Hispanics enrich the fabric of America to make it brighter, more just, and stronger!

 In support of our Hispanic friends, family, and colleagues, OPM will be celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month as well. As we recognize Hispanic Heritage Month, I want to take this opportunity to reinforce our commitment to help agencies across government inspire all communities, including Hispanics, to pursue a career in Federal service.

As the President said in his celebration proclamation, “This month, we recognize the countless contributions of Hispanic Americans that help make our Nation a thriving and secure land of opportunity.” We want to inspire students still in school and those contemplating careers in the Federal service. To kick-off Hispanic Heritage Month, OPM, with support from Adelante, our Hispanic Employee Resource Group, hosted a student forum this afternoon.

I want to thank our partners and volunteers who helped develop and implement this program for your hard work and commitment to creating a diverse workforce.

It is part of OPM’s overall mission to create and maintain a world-class workforce to serve the American citizenry, and I believe one of the best ways to do so is to draw on the knowledge of a diverse workforce.

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! Enjoy your celebration.

 

 


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