Throughout the federal government, there are numerous affinity groups organized to augment the professional development, mentoring, advocacy and volunteer opportunities available to their members. The following are a number of available groups:
Blacks in Government (BIG): Blacks In Government was established in 1975 by a small group of African Americans at the Public Health Services, which is a part of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare in Rockville, Maryland. BIG has been a national response to the need for African Americans in public service to organize around issues of mutual concern and use their collective strength to confront workplace and community issues. BIG's goals are to promote equality in all aspects of American life, excellence in public service, and opportunity for all Americans.
Federal Asian/Pacific American Council (FAPAC): FAPAC was founded in 1985 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization representing civilian and military Asian Pacific American (APA) employees in the federal and District of Columbia governments. The primary purpose of FAPAC is to serve as an interagency association, providing a focus for over thirty ethnically distinct groups originating from Asian and Pacific regions as recognized by the United States Bureau of the Census.
Federally Employed Women (FEW): Federally Employed Women is a membership organization working for the elimination of sexual harassment and for the advancement of women in government. This will be accomplished by encouraging diversity and equality in the workplace; enhancing career opportunities for women; establishing and maintaining relationships with organizations to advocate the fair application of EEO and personnel laws, policies, procedures, and practices; improving the quality of life for women by influencing Congressional and Administration actions; committing to achieve and maintain a unified and diverse membership; and providing opportunities for professional growth through leadership development, education, mentoring, and networking.
Federal Employees with Disabilities (FEDs): FEDs is an assembly of current, former, and retired federal employees with and without disabilities, people with disabilities who have an interest in becoming a federal employee and those who are interested in improving the federal government’s rate of employing, retaining, and advancing people with disabilities. We are committed to encouraging equality in the workplace and the advancement and professional growth of people with disabilities in the federal service; enhancing career opportunities; establishing and maintaining relationships with organizations to advocate the fair application of laws, policies, procedures, and practices; improving the quality of life for people with disabilities by taking actions to improve their workplace; and committing to maintain a unified and diverse membership.
FedQ: Fosters an environment in the federal government where employees have the opportunity to achieve their full potential in a safe and inclusive environment free from discrimination on the basis of sex, particularly with respect to sexual orientation and gender identity. FedQ ensures that all federal personnel, and the public served by the federal government, are provided with equal access to services and benefits without regard to sexual orientation or gender identity.
National Image: National Image Inc., A National Hispanic Organization, is a 501(3)(c) nonprofit, advocacy organization established in 1971. Its mission is to empower Hispanics through leadership development, by advocating for Employment, Education and Civil Rights.
Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE): SAIGE was formed to promote the recruitment, hiring, retention, development and advancement of American Indians and Alaska Natives in the Government workforce and assist our respective agencies/organizations in fulfilling the Federal Trust Responsibilities.
Please note: There are many affinity groups around the country with respected charters, and this is not an exhaustive list.