Hispanic Emphasis Program



The Hispanic Employment Program (HEP) Manager implements a national program of work to improve the cultural sensitivity/diversity awareness/and skill development of the members of the workforce; conducts workforce trend analysis and works with leadership to identify and eliminate barriers to positive work environment; works to increase the groups' participation rates in agency programs and employment opportunities; and advocates the resolution of protected groups issues as needed. The HEP Manager also serves as the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) and Hispanics Serving Institutions (HSI) Capacity Building Program Manager with Land Grant Colleges and University, and Hispanic advocacy organization partners to implement program and information outreach, employment recruitment, and technical assistance to underserved communities.


Forest Service Civil Rights Goals

  • Develop a Hispanic Media Outreach Strategy and branding tool to assist regions in marketing various types of federal employment;
  • Establish a consortium with educational and other government agencies to fulfill mission-critical occupations such as; forestry technicians, biologist, science, technology, civil engineering and program management to coordinate recruitment efforts;
  • Better utilize intern programs and increase their conversion to permanent  positions
  • Create a Forest Service-wide mentoring program;
  • Include EEO/diversity requirements in all hiring officials’ critical performance elements.

Cultural Transformation means renewing the culture of the Forest Service so that all employees and customers are treated with dignity and respect and are provided the opportunity to succeed.

Haven’t we done this before?  What is different?

  • Think of cultural transformation as a continuous process of self and organizational reflection and adaptation, not as a single event.
    • A learning organization is continually involving employees in an exploration of ways to stay vital and inviting in a rapidly changing environment.
    • Our Cultural Transformation is another opportunity for all of us to engage within our own part of the agency to discover what we might do to continually improve our own place of work.

    Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic (a term defined by the federal government in the mid‘70's) is a term of convenience that ties a diverse group of peoples who are united in language, strong family ties, and religious  beliefs.
Many local communities use the term Latinos. According to the U.S. Census Bureau Hispanics/Latinos are of Spanish origin or descent who designate themselves as Mexicans, Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Spanish or Latinos (Dominicans, Venezuelans, Chileans, Bolivians, Colombians, Salvadorans, Costa Ricans, Argentineans, Paraguayans, Peruvians, Hondurans, Nicaraguans, Ecuadorians, Guatemalans, Uruguayans, and Panamanians.)

Hispanic Heritage Educational Program PowerPoint

Guidlines for Developing a Hispanic Outreach Program PowerPoint

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Hispanic Employment Program

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 observation started 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 day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.

The Forest Service Hispanic Employee Association (FSHEA) is governed by a body known as the National Council. The National Council consists of four officers and representatives from each FSHEA zone. Officers of the FSHEA consist of a Chair, Co-chair, Secretary, and Treasurer. The National Council is responsible for establishing FSHEA policy, providing fiscal support, budgeting, and other working guidelines to carry out the activities of the FSHEA.


EEOC Management Directives

EEOC Regulations

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Management Directice 715
NO Fear Act Instructions

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Federal Initiatives

  1. Presidential Letter, November 5, 1970 by President Richard Nixon, formally established “The Sixteen Point Program”. The name of the program highlighted the sixteen major employment issues presented in the original Presidential Directive. On January 23, 1973, the Program was renamed “Spanish-Speaking Program” to emphasize the bilingual skills, and on February 28, 1978, the Program was again renamed to what it is known today as “Hispanic Employment Program.
  2. The HEP is an integral part of the Federal government-wide Equal Employment Opportunity Program under the authority of Executive Order 11478 (1969),
  3. Civil Rights Act of 1964, (Public Law 88-352), as amended
  4. Equal Employment Opportunity Act 1972 (Public Law 92-261)
  5. Executive Order 11246, Sept. 24, 1965
  6. Title V, U.S. Code 7201, 5 C.F.R. Part 720-2, Sept 191979
  7. Executive Order13230, Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans
  8. E.O. 13166, Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency
  9. Executive Order 13171, Hispanic Employment in the Federal Government
  10. AR 690-12
  11. Title 29, CFR, Part 1605, Guidelines on Discrimination Because of Religion
  12. Title 29, CFR, Part 1606, Guidelines on Discrimination Because of National Origin
  13. Executive Order 13171 – Hispanic Employment in the Federal Government, Oct 12, 2000
  • EO 13171 Hispanic Employment in the Federal Government (10/12/00)



Conferences and Networking


Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

National Hispanic Environmental Council

ASPIRA Association
6th Annual Latino Education Conference

National Assoc of Hispanic Federal Executives Summit V

National Image, Inc

National Council of La Raza

League of United Latin American Citizens

G.I. Forum

Hispanic Leadership Institute Northeast Latino Student Leadership Conference

Hispanic National Bar Association

SER - Jobs for Progress, Inc.

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities

National Society of Hispanic MBAs

Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science

Society of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists

National Association of Hispanic Federal Executives Annual Conference

Pedro Nieto

For more information, contact Pedro Nieto, National Hispanic Employment Program Manager, at (202) 205-0999, pmnieto@fs.fed.us

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