2021 HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH THEME ANNOUNCED Washington, D.C., April 15, 2021 — The National Council of Hispanic Employment Program Managers (NCHEPM), announced the 2021 Hispanic Heritage Month observance theme: “Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope.” The theme invites us to celebrate Hispanic Heritage and to reflect on how great our tomorrow can be if we hold onto our resilience and hope. It encourages us to reflect on all of the contributions Hispanics have made in the past, and will continue to make in the future. It is also a reminder that we are stronger together.
The announcement will be made during the Council’s April monthly meeting. NCHEPM members, associates, and partners from various federal agencies and affinity groups, including the general public, selected the theme through a voting process, which started in February 2021 with 22 theme submissions.
Mr. Victor Anthony Zertuche, Attorney-Advisor at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, submitted the winning theme, stating “The past year has been one unlike any in recent memory. For so many of us our lives have changed; we've celebrated life's milestones at home or spent holidays alone. But despite how our world has changed, we've kept our eyes on the horizon--we've held onto our hope. This theme celebrates our Hispanic heritage and our resilience. It provides us the opportunity to reflect on those who came before us and held onto hope to create a better tomorrow. It inspires us to recognize that we are stronger together and reminds us that although we are apart, with hope, we are not alone.
Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the contributions and importance of Hispanics and Latinos to the United States and those American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. The NCHEPM supports the federal government’s observance activities each year by leading the process to select the annual theme federal agencies will use to conduct their Hispanic Heritage Month observances.
The Hispanic Heritage observance began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100- 402.
The NCHEPM is a membership-based organization consisting of an executive board, members, associates, and partners from multiple Federal agencies and other organizations from across the United States, advocating for the improvement of Hispanic participation in the Federal Government.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
National Council for Hispanic Employment Program Managers Statement
Washington, D.C., June 15, 2020 — The National Council for Hispanic Employment Program Managers(NCHEPM) would like to extend our deepest and sincere condolences to Mr. Floyd’s family, loved ones and those emotionally affected by these actions. We acknowledge that our nation is going through difficult events that are impacting all of us one way or the other. NCHEPM is a partner in the ongoing efforts to eliminate systemic and institutional discrimination that plagues our great country.
It is our obligation as Equal Opportunity practitioners to promote an inclusive climate and our efforts will not cease. As the NCHEPM, diversity, equity and inclusion are our priorities. These priorities are also reflected in the Council's membership, all of whom work diligently to promote and ensure these principles are put into practice in the federal government workforce. Our diversity in backgrounds, experiences, values, looks, generations and perspectives, makes us stronger. Our equity in providing access to the same opportunities allow for individuals of all backgrounds to thrive and succeed. Our inclusion in ensuring people are welcome and valued in any setting makes us embrace one another no matter the differences. The Council and its members remain firmly committed to these priorities, based on the understanding that public service is most effective when it reflects all of the communities it is tasked to serve.
We are committed to treating our members and all individuals with dignity and respect regardless of their race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), age, disability, or genetic information. We categorically reject discrimination in all its forms, and will continue to work with our members to promote a safe, welcoming and equitable environment for all individuals.
If you experience any kind of discrimination, please ensure you contact your Equal Employment Opportunity Office within 45 days of the event to file an informal EEO complaint. If you need professional counseling to discuss life challenges such as the current situation, please contact the Employee Assistant Program (EAP) Office immediately. The EAP has a Federal Occupational Health team free and confidential, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, available to assist you in solving any situation that is affecting your well-being or mental health.
We stand united in these turbulent times as allies and will continue to reinforce our commitment to a better future, where all individuals are welcomed and included as equals in our nation.
Contact: Howard Caro-Lopez
For Immediate Release
February 26, 2020
The National Council of Hispanic Employment Program Managers (NCHEPM) is excited to
unveil its new logo. This logo stands as a true representation of the values, influence and
positive force of the Council. It symbolizes our brand as a powerful and high-energy group
of committed public servants. Some visual elements were taken into consideration when the logo was designed. The sun is an alchemy symbol, symbolizing the completion of “Great Work". Representing life, influence, energy and strength. The color red represents the
energy, sweat, tears and sacrifices made by those before us. It symbolizes our brand as
powerful and high-energy.
The National Council of Hispanic Employment Program Manager would like to give special
thanks to Graphic Designer Robert Turner who designed the Council's new logo.
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As we enter into 2021, we want to express our deepest appreciation for your support throughout the year of 2020. All of us on the Executive Board for the National Council of Hispanic Employment Program Managers (NCHEPM), thank you for participating in the monthly meetings, providing speakers, hosting meetings, supporting the cause and much more. We look forward to working with you in 2021.
Happy New Year!
Howard, Amneris, Charmaine, Brandy, Michelle, Yvette, Jimmy, Damishia, and Ana