Hispanic Program News
65th Infantry ‘Borinqueneers’ honored at annual heritage event
Liliana Vasquez delivers the keynote address at the Defense Federal Community’s annual Hispanic Heritage Month celebration Oct. 2 at the Defense Supply Center Columbus. Vasquez is an associate attorney with Simakovsky Law and spoke about the impact of Hispanic Soldiers in the U.S. Army’s 65th Infantry Regiment.
Oct. 18, 2019 - The Defense Federal Community honored a unique military unit during its annual Hispanic Heritage Month celebration Oct. 2. The observance commemorated the historical contributions of the U.S. Army’s 65th Infantry Regiment – a unit comprised mainly of Hispanic Soldiers and known as the Borinqueneers for its Puerto Rican roots.

The Defense Federal Community celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month
Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime Equal Employment Office Director Charles Palmer presents Maria B. Castillo, former EEO Hispanic Employment Program chair with a token of appreciation during a Sept. 22 offsite celebration recognizing her 36 years of federal service and contributions to the Hispanic community.
Oct. 4, 2018 - The Defense Supply Center Columbus’ Equal Employment Opportunity Hispanic Employment Program joined in the celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15. This month was designated by Congress to celebrate the rich heritage and cultural diversity that Hispanic Americans have contributed to the United States of America. This year’s theme was ‘Resilient and Ready.’


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National Hispanic Heritage Month (15 September - 15 October)

In 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed a week in September as National Hispanic Heritage Week. The week was chosen to commemorate the anniversary of the independence of five Central American countries (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua) and Mexico's Independence Day. In 1988, the week was expanded to a month long celebration to include El Dia de la Raza on October 12. During this month, we honor the culture, traditions, heritage and contributions of Hispanic Americans. Each year a theme is selected to reflect our heritage and promotional materials are prepared to share a piece of history with DSCC associates.

About HEP


The purpose of the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Hispanic Employment Program (HEP) is to ensure that Hispanics have an equal opportunity to compete in all aspects of Federal employment, address the under representation of Hispanics, eliminate discriminatory barriers, monitor merit promotions, Equal Employment Opportunity Office (EEO) complaints, and all personnel activities that impact hiring, development and recognition. As an ancillary function, the HEP assists in creating cultural awareness. The EEO HEP consists of a Chair and Coordinator, responsible for the implementation of the program, and committee members that provide support to our endeavors. Our program success depends on the quality, commitment, and support of management at all levels.


The EEO Hispanic Employment Program (HEP) is an integral part of the Federal government-wide Equal Employment Opportunity Program under the authority of Executive Order 11478 (1969). The following executive orders and statutes apply to all Federal employees and provide statutory basis for the HEP.

  • Civil Rights Act 1964 (P.L. 88-352), as amended
  • Executive Order 11246, September 24, 1965
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Act 1972 (P.L. 92-261)
  • Title 5, U.S. Code 7201, 5 C.F.R. Part 720-2, September 19, 1979

On November 5, 1970, 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 as today, the "Hispanic Employment Program (HEP)."


To become an employer of choice for the Hispanic/Latino community.


The HEP aspires to:

  • Promote and encourage professional development and leadership skills
  • Eliminate discriminatory barriers and foster an environment of inclusion
  • Increase cultural awareness, mutual respect and understanding
  • Be an advocate for recruitment, hiring and retention of Hispanics/Latinos
  • Respect
  • Unity
  • Traditions
  • Commitment

Related Sites

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  • League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) - The Mission of the League of United Latin American Citizens is to advance the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of the Hispanic population of the United States. Offers the Federal Training Institute at Annual Conference.
  • National Image Inc. - IMAGE was originally founded in 1972 to address the needs of Hispanic employees in the federal government. Later, however, the membership saw a need to expand their activities to serve the needs of Hispanics outside the federal government. The new organization, National Image, expanded its activities to increase its impact on employment, education and civil rights. Annual Training Conference.
  • Latino Festival - Produced by CAPA, the festival offers a variety of local and national Latin-American music acts including a Saturday night headliner.
  • Experience Columbus - Visitor and convention bureau promoting the Destination Columbus experience to visitors.
  • LatinaStyle National Magazine focused on Latin American Culture and news.