The National Council of Hispanic Employment Program Managers (NCHEPM), announced on April 20, 2016, the 2016 Hispanic Heritage Month theme, “Hispanic Americans: Embracing, Enriching, and Enabling America.” The theme invites us to reflect on Hispanic American’s vitality and meaningful legacy in our Nation’s cultural framework.
The announcement was made during the Council’s April monthly meeting. NCHEPM members, associates, and partners from various federal agencies and affinity groups, including the general public, selected the theme through a voting process, which started in January 2016 with more than 40 theme submissions.
Maurice Sanabria from the Defense Logistics Agency in Virginia submitted the winning theme, stating “Hispanics and Hispanic-Americans not only embrace America and its culture, but we also bring our own traditions, culture, language, values, work ethic and ideals to the great American table. We enrich this culture through diversity, hard work, compassion, passion, and an unwavering commitment to make this country better than it already is.”
Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America.
The Hispanic Heritage observance began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.
The NCHEPM is a membership-based organization consisting of an executive board, members, associates, and partners from multiple Federal agencies and other organizations from across the United States, advocating for the improvement of Hispanic participation in the Federal Government.