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Equal Employment Program protects each of us from discrimination in employment, promotion, training and other personnel actions regardless of race, color, religion, gender including sexual harassment, national origin, age, mental and/or physical disability, or reprisal (for participating in protected EEO activity).

Who is covered?

EEO is for EVERYONE (not solely for protected groups); it’s the LAW!

If you are New York National Guard technician or military personnel, applicant for technician or military employment, and feel you are being discriminated against, please contact the State Equal Employment Manager (SEEM) office for assistance.

Fun Facts for Hispanic Heritage Month

  • Started as Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968 by President Lyndon Johnson
  • Expanded to a month by President Ronald Reagan
  • Enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402
  • September 15th is the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua
  • Mexico’s independence day is on September 16th
  • Chile’s independence day is on September 18th
  • Celebrates Hispanic heritage through festivities that highlight the music and food that represents the countries’ history and rich culture
  • The term Hispanic or Latino, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, refers to Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race
  • Hispanic population in the U.S. is around 55 million
  • There are 1.2 million Hispanics serving in the U.S. armed forces
  • Hispanics are the largest ethnic or race minority in the United States
  • The projected Hispanic population of the United States in 2060 is 119 million
  • 73.3% of Hispanics 5 and older speak Spanish at home
  • Spanish is the second most spoken language in the United States
  • There are roughly 12.2 million Hispanic family households in the United States
  • Romualdo Pacheco was the first Hispanic U.S. Representative, elected in 1876
  • Ezequiel Cabeza de Baca, New Mexico's second governor, was the first ever elected Latino governor in the United States.












Special Emphasis Program Management (SEPM) Spotlight:

This month's SEPM spotlight is DMNA's very own Brigadier General Isabel Rivera Smith!

New York National Guard Director of Joint Staff, Brigadier General Isabel  Smith

Brigadier General Smith assumed the duties as the Director of Joint Staff for the New York National Guard on January 21st, 2021.

Her awards include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Humanitarian Service Medal. Brigadier General Smith is also the recipient of the 2017 Latina Style Military Service Award.

NY National Guard Complaint Activity:

New York is proud to post the record of its compliance with the “Notification and Federal Employment Anti-Discrimination and Retaliation Act” (No FEAR Act):


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