Affirmative Employment Program Division

This Division emphasizes a review of management and personnel practices that may impede or inhibit employees from the achievement of equal opportunity in all aspects of employment. The Affirmative Employment Program strives to achieve diversity in the workplace through efforts of outreach, recruitment, retention and advancement of all persons. The term "diversity" is used broadly to refer to many demographic variables, including, but not limited to: age, color, disability, education, geographic origin, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, and skill characteristics.

A group of female U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees heading out in a Service boat to conduct field biology research.
Special Emphasis Programs improve the workplace environment by promoting and fostering diversity in the workplace through awareness and educating employees and others to appreciate, value, understand, and celebrate social and cultural similarities and differences.
Student Kanisha Allen is working at the Pacific Southwest Regional Office headquarters in Sacramento, California, creating products for the region's new media web sites.
The Minority Serving Institution Program taps into the talents of students and faculty attending our nation's Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) with the hopes of fulfilling the Department's mission and objectives.