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Civil Rights Awards Program

Each year, the Coast Guard participates in national awards ceremonies to recognize both military and civilian employees for their accomplishments and contributions to civil rights and Equal Opportunity in minority communities. ALCOASTs for each award will be published accordingly with detailed information and instructions on nominating individuals. 

For more information about the Coast Guard’s Civil Rights Awards Program, please contact Juan L. Torres at (202) 372-4594 or juan.l.torres@uscg.mil.

 

Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) Uniformed Services Award

The FAPAC Uniformed Services Award honors servicemen and women who significantly contribute to the advancement of Asian Pacific Americans and the promotion of diversity/equal employment opportunity (EEO) in the federal workforce and the Asian Pacific American community.

Who’s Eligible: Military Members (Active Duty and Reserve)
Performance Period: January 1, 2020 to 31 December 2020
Nomination Deadline: 1 March 2021
Criteria:

a. Fostered an innovative and harmonious environment between the military and Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.

b. Distinguished themselves by promoting the tenets of the U.S. Constitution, civil/human rights, equal opportunity, human relations, and/or public service.

c. Displayed exceptional character that distinguished them as an outstanding leader, role model, or mentor by promoting the development or advancement of members of the Uniformed Services. Assisted in overcoming discrimination and eliminating barriers that hinder equal opportunity for all members of the Uniformed Services, including the civilian workforce.

d. Contributed to the equal opportunity for selection, promotion or retention of women and minorities in senior grade positions and under-represented occupations.

e. Created opportunities that supported and contributed to the mentorship, development, advancement, or retention of all personnel, including women and minorities, in government service consistent with merit-based principles. Created job or training opportunities that will support and contribute to advancement of all members in the Civilian and Uniformed Services.

Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) National Leadership Training Program (www.fapac.org)
Date and Location: Virtual Event TBD

 

Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) Civilian Awards

The FAPAC Civilian Awards recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement of Asian Pacific Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) and to the promotion of diversity and inclusion among the Federal Government workforce and the AAPI’s communities.

Who’s Eligible: Civilian Employees
Performance Period: 2019 Fiscal Year (Oct 1, 2019 - Sep 30, 2020) or Calendar Year

(Jan 1 - Dec 31, 2020)
Nomination Deadline: 1 March 2021
Criteria:

a. Outstanding Individual Leadership: An individual who has shown bold leadership and innovative ways in promoting Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Affirmative Action, and Diversity and Inclusion.

b. Excellence in Individual Achievement: An individual who has made significant contributions toward the AAPIs representation at all levels.

c. Diversity Excellence: An individual who has shown a remarkable contribution to diversity and inclusion through collaborative effort. The Awards' Evaluation criteria factors are below:

a. Assisted the Agency in recruiting, promoting, establishing, and maintaining an effective and equitable participation of AAPIs in the workforce.

b. Promoted AAPIs' competencies, cultures, contributions, work ethic, and behavior related to the agency's employment.

c. Promoted AAPI career development through mentoring, leadership, and/or relationship building.

d. Organized activities that promote equal opportunity and cultural awareness of the AAPI community.

e. Displayed exceptional leadership that resulted in significant workplace changes or contributions.  

Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) National Leadership Training Program (www.fapac.org)
Date and Location:    Virtual Event TBD

 

Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE) Meritorious Service Award

The SAIGE Meritorious Service Award recognizes members of the workforce who demonstrate support for inclusion and promotion of all Coast Guard personnel to include American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Who’s Eligible: Military Members (Active Duty and Reserve) and Civilian Employees Performance
Performance: March 2019-March 2021
Deadline: 12 July 2021

Criteria:

1.The nominee demonstrated support for inclusion and promotion of all personnel to include American Indians and Alaskan Natives within the Armed Forces or Federal civilian workforce.
2. The nominee significantly increased the opportunity for participation of American Indians and Alaskan Natives in Federal programs and or promoted a positive image of American Indians and Alaskan Natives serving in government.

Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE) National Training Program (www.saige.org)
Date and Location: TBD

 

League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Excellence in Service Award

The LULAC Excellence in Service Award honors personnel who significantly contribute to the advancement of Hispanic Americans and the promotion of diversity/equal employment opportunity in the federal workforce and in the Hispanic community.

Who’s Eligible: Military Members (individual and/or team) and Civilian Employees
Performance Period: March 2020 to March 2021
Deadline: TBD

Criteria:

1. Description of the Activity – The focus of the accomplishments must be on activities beyond a nominee’s job obligations. It should be on activities that involve community and/or work that affects the advancement of education, economic empowerment, health and diversity accomplishments, in the community. Briefly describe the situation or context of a project, program or challenge that was addressed and any relevant stakeholders. It should be on activities that involve community and/or work that affects the advancement of education, economic empowerment, health and diversity accomplishments, in the community. Use specific examples and not generalities. Indicate the date started and if completed, the end date.

2. Action Taken – Describe the specific actions performed by the nominee or team that made a significant contribution within the purpose of the award. Refrain from generalities, vague or ambiguous statements in the description of the actions taken.

Impact of Activity – Describe the results and impact of an individual or by a team’s action in their efforts (beyond the nominee’s job obligations), why what they did mattered, how it made a difference and/or whom it affected. Think about how the work performed is part of a bigger picture, if, and how it impacted a community.

League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) National Convention and Exposition (www.lulac.org)
Date and Location: 21-25 July 2021, Albuquerque, NM

 

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Roy Wilkins Renown Service Award

The NAACP Roy Wilkins Renown Service Award recognizes outstanding accomplishments of members of the workforce who support civil rights in the armed services and civilian workforce.

Who’s Eligible: Military Members (Active Duty and Reserve) or Civilian Employees
Performance Period: Canceled
Deadline: TBD
Criteria:

1. The nominee distinguished himself or herself by promoting the tenets of civil/human rights, equal opportunity, human relations, and/or public service.
2. The nominee displayed exceptional character that distinguishes an individual as an outstanding leader, role model or mentor by promoting the development or advancement of all personnel including women and minorities.
3. The nominee contributed to equal opportunity for advancement based on merit and fitness for all members of the Armed Forces and civilians, including women and minorities.
4. The nominee believed in and practiced the tenets of a democratic society, including the Declaration of Independence - the belief that all people are created equal, and that freedom is a right that must be protected at all times.
5. The nominee assisted in overcoming discrimination and eliminating barriers that hinder equal opportunity for all members of the Armed Forces and civilian employees including women and minorities.
6. The nominee supported the full integration and promotion of all personnel to include minorities and women within the Armed Forces and civilian workforce.
7. The nominee created opportunities that support and contribute to the mentorship, development, advancement or retention of all personnel including women and minorities in government service consistent with merit principles.
8. The nominee created job or training opportunities that will support and contribute to advancement of all Service members including women and minorities in the Armed Forces or civilian workforce.

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Convention (www.naacp.org)
Date and Location: TBD

 

Federally Employed Women (FEW) Military Meritorious Service Award

FEW’s Military Meritorious Award Program recognizes outstanding military service members within the Armed Forces who have distinguished themselves with significant contributions to their service and our nation.

Who’s Eligible: Military Members from all branches
Performance Period: April 2020 – April 2021
Nomination Deadline: Opens April 7, 2021 and closes May 7, 2021.
Criteria:

 1. Promoting a positive understanding of the armed forces among and between men and women, minority and non-minority members of the military and civilian population.

2. Fostering an innovative and constructive environment between the military and civilian community and men and women of all races and ethnic backgrounds that benefit employees and/or community residents.

3. Displaying exceptional character that distinguishes the individual as an outstanding leader and role model.

4. Supporting and working towards the advancement of women within the armed forces.

FEW National Training Program (www.few.org)
Date and Location: 12-16 July 2021, Houston, TX

 

Blacks In Government (BIG) Meritorious Service Award

The BIG Meritorious Service Award honors military and civilian members of the federal workforce who have supported the DoD mission, overseas contingency operations, or who attributes best epitomized the qualities and core values of their respective Military Service or other DoD Component (including the Coast Guard).

Who’s Eligible: Military Members (Active Duty and Reserve) and Civilian Employees
Performance Period: April 2020 – April 2021
Deadline: 19 May 2021
Criteria:

1. Demonstrated commitment for the full integration and promotion of African Americans within the Coast Guard military or civilian workforce.
2. Increased significantly the participation of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in Federal programs.
3. Fostered an innovative and harmonious environment between the military and African American civilian community.
4. Assisted the workforce in overcoming discrimination and eliminated barriers that hindered equal opportunity for service members and civilian employees including women and minorities.
5. Promoted the tenets of civil/human rights, race relations, equal opportunity, affirmative action, human relations, and public service programs within the Coast Guard.
6. Encouraged military and civilian personnel to participate in program activities that benefitted their career development.
7. Created job or training opportunities that supported and contributed to the advancement of all service members and civilian employees.
8. Managed and promoted a diverse workforce within the military service and the civilian workforce.
9. Served as a role model in the community and in the Coast Guard by reaching out to youth and participating in continued educational endeavors that set an example for others to follow.
10. Encouraged leaders to promote diversity/equal opportunity program activities that advocated fair treatment for all members of the Coast Guard civilian workforce and military population.

Blacks in Government (BIG) Training Institute (www.bignet.org)
Date and Location: 23-25 Aug 2021, National Harbor, MD

 

National Image, Incorporated (IMAGE) Meritorious Service Award

The National IMAGE Meritorious Service Award honors outstanding military members and civilian employees who have made significant contributions to the advancement of Hispanic Americans, and the promotion of diversity and equal opportunity within the Coast Guard and its surrounding communities.

Eligible: Civilian Employees and Military Members
Performance Period: Oct 1, 2018 to Sep 30, 2020 or Calendar Year of 2020
Deadline: June 28, 2021
Criteria:

1. Fostered an innovative and harmonious relationship between the military and Hispanic American civilian community.
2. Assisted the workforce in eliminating barriers that hindered equal opportunity for all service members including women and minorities.
3. Promoted the tenets of civil/human rights, race relations, equal opportunity, affirmative action, human relations, and public service programs within the Coast Guard.
4. Encouraged military personnel to participate in program activities that benefitted their career development.
5. Created job or training opportunities that supported and contributed to the advancement of all service members including women and minorities.
6. Managed and promoted a diverse workforce within the military services.
7. Served as a role model in the community and in the Coast Guard by reaching out to youth and participating in continued educational endeavors that set an example for others to follow.
8. Encouraged leaders to promote diversity/equal opportunity program activities that advocated fair treatment for all members of the civilian and military population.
9. Achieved other significant and noteworthy accomplishments deserving of recognition.

National IMAGE Training Program (www.national-image.org)
Date and Location: 31 Aug – 3 Sep 2021, San Antonio, TX

 

LATINA Style Meritorious Service Award

The LATINA Style Meritorious Service Award recognizes civilian personnel and military members who through their service enhance the role of Latinas in the federal workforce.

Eligible: Civilian Employees and Military Members
Performance Period: August 2020 to July 2021
Deadline: 21 July 2021
Criteria:

a. Active Duty or Full Time Reserve nominee: 
- Distinguished themselves as leaders, mentors, advocates of diversity and the full integration of Latina women in the Armed Forces. 
- Embodying the qualities that are at the core of the Coast Guard’s mission. 
- Well respected by superiors and peers as military and community leaders. 
- Representing the Hispanic community with dignity and pride. 
b. Civilian awardees: 
- Embodying the qualities that are at the core of the Coast Guard’s mission. 
- Aiding in creating opportunities and careers that support and contribute to the advancement of Hispanic Americans toward senior level positions. 
- displaying exceptional character and representing the Hispanic community with dignity and pride. 
 

18th National Latina Style Symposium Virtual (www.nls.latinastyle.com)
Date: 23 September 2021