The African American Special Emphasis Program is designed to promote the recruitment, training and upward mobility of African American employees. Having a diverse workforce enhances cross-cultural awareness and promotes harmony between our staff. These activities are extensions of the Equal Employment Opportunity Office. One of the responsibilities of our program is to educate and train FEC staff on the importance of diversity. The most valuable asset at the FEC is our employees. A successful organization is a cohesive one, where all members have mutual respect for each other’s diversity and culture. The first step to understanding and celebrating diversity is through awareness. African Americans may make-up a significant amount of the federal workforce but they are underrepresented when it comes to occupying senior level positions. At the FEC, we want to identify and remove barriers that prevent African American employees from reaching their full potential.