Hispanic Initiatives at EPA and Beyond
Diego Rivera, Motherhood, 1954, oil on canvas, Sotheby's,
Hispanics are the largest and fastest growing diversity group in America. Hispanic and Latino Americans are Americans with origins in the Hispanic countries of Latin America or Spain. Today, Hispanics comprise of 16% of the U.S. population or approximately 50.1 million people.
According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the U.S. Department of Labor, they are identified as one of two "severely under-represented diversity groups" in the federal government in terms of employment. At EPA, this endeavor is taken seriously. Specifically, the Office of Human Resources (OHR), in summer of 2007, helped to author, establish, and lead a new and special partnership through an Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the largest and oldest Hispanic Civil Rights organization in America - the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), to address these and other critical issues paramount to Hispanics.
This is one of many successful outreach and recruitment endeavors that EPA is proud of.