Civil Rights Awards Program

Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) Military Meritorious Service Award

Honors service men 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.

Eligible: Military Members (Active Duty and Reserve)
Performance Period: January 1 2018 to 31 December 2018
Deadline: February 26, 2019
Criteria:
1. The nominee fostered an innovative and harmonic environment between the military and Asian Pacific American civilian community.
2. The nominee distinguished himself or herself by promoting the tenets of civil/human rights, equal opportunity, human relations, and/or public service.
3. 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 military and civilian personnel including women and minorities.
4. The nominee contributed to the equal opportunity for selection, promotion or retention of women and minorities in senior grade level positions and under-represented occupations.
5. The nominee believed in and practiced the tenets of a democratic society, including the belief that all people are created equal and that freedom is an American right that must be protected at all times.
6. The nominee assisted in overcoming discrimination and eliminating barriers that hinder equal opportunity for all members of the Armed Forces and civilians, including women and minorities.
7. The nominee supported the full integration and promotion of all personnel, to include minorities and women, within the Armed Forces and civilian workforce.
Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) National Leadership Training Program (www.fapac.org)
Date and Location: 16 May 2019, Huntsville, AL

Federal Asian Pacific American Council (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.

Eligible: Civilian Employees
Performance Period: January 1 2018 to 31 December 2018
Deadline: 26 February 2019
Criteria:

The Civilian Award Evaluation criteria factors follow:

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

b. Promote recognition of AAPI's competencies, overall awareness of the impact of AAPIs' cultures, contributions, work ethics, and behavior related to government employment.

c. Promote mentoring, initiate, lead and encourage employees to participate in program activities that will benefit the career training, career development and advancement of AAPIs in the workforce. Establish and maintain channels of communication and goodwill between AAPIs and other members of the workforce.

d. Organize program activities that advocate equal opportunity for AAPIs in the Federal government. Promote a better understanding among AAPIs and non-AAPIs in the workplace and assist to resolve problems of equality for the AAPIs including equal employment opportunities.

e. Achieve personal goals in displaying exceptional leadership qualities that will inspire others to follow. Advocate for civil rights, diversity and equal opportunity within their particular department or agency.

Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) National Leadership Training Program (www.fapac.org)
Date and Location: 16 May 2019, Huntsville, AL

Society of American Indian Government Employees (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.

Eligible: Military Members (Active Duty and Reserve) and Civilian Employees Performance
Period: January 2018 – March 2019
Deadline: 27 Mar 2019
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: 10-13 June 2019, Niagara Falls, NY

League of United Latin American Citizens (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.

Eligible: Military Members (individual and/or team) and Civilian Employees
Performance Period: March 2018 to March 2019
Deadline: 10 April 2019

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: 10-13 July 2019, Milwaukee, WI

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (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.

Eligible: Military Members (Active Duty and Reserve) or Civilian Employees
Performance Period: TBD
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: July 2019, Detroit, Michigan

Blacks In Government (BIG) Meritorious Service Award

Honors members of the federal workforce who display the core values of honor, respect, and devotion to duty.

Eligible: Military Members (Active Duty and Reserve) and Civilian Employees
Performance Period: April 2018 – April 2019
Deadline: TBD
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: 6 August 2019, Dallas, TX

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: TBD
Deadline: TBD
Criteria:
1. Embodied qualities that are at the core of the Coast Guard mission.
2. Gained the respect of supervisors and peers as leaders and upstanding service members and civilian employees.
3. Displayed exceptional character and treated the Hispanic community with dignity and respect.
4. Aided in creating opportunities and careers that support and contribute to the advancement for Hispanic Americans toward senior level positions.
5. 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.
6. Encouraged leaders to promote diversity/equal opportunity program activities that advocated fair treatment for all members of the civilian and military population.
National Latina Style Symposium (www.nls.latinastyle.com)
Date and Location: September 2019, Washington, DC

National Image, Incorporated (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: TBD
National Image Deadline: TBD
Additionally update Date: September 10-13, 2018

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: September 2019, TBD

 

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