Blacks In Government® (BIG) 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 (HEW) in the Parklawn Building in Rockville, Maryland. At the time, the organization was viewed as essential to the black HEW employees who faced a wide range of racially motivated problems. Initially, it was thought that the organization would address only the problems at of federal employees, however, it was soon determined that black employees in state, county, and municipal government faced the same general employment issues.
Blacks In Government incorporated as a non-profit organization in the District of Columbia in 1976. Since that time, BIG has responded nationally 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 is recognized HHS and FDA Employee Resource Group (ERG). ERGs have a pivotal role in developing HHS and FDA’s diversity initiatives. They also provide important contributions to FDA’s newly established diversity council. Our chapter serves a pivotal role with HHS and the FDA Employee Resource Group (ERG) to develop and implement diversity, inclusion, and equality initiatives. We also provide important contributions to FDA’s newly established diversity council.
Our chapter serves a pivotal role with HHS and the FDA Employee Resource Group (ERG) to develop and implement diversity, inclusion, and equality initiatives. We also provide important contributions to FDA’s newly established diversity council.
The Parklawn Chapter of BIG is the founding chapter of the BIG organization. The chapter works diligently to carry out the mission, vision, goals, and objectives of BIG through:
Participation in local, regional and national BIG events.
Community Involvement (i.e. mentoring, community service, volunteerism)
Advocacy on issues important to the BIG constituency (i.e. fair and equitable treatment of all employees.)
Affirmative Employment/Equal Employment Opportunity (AE/EEO) Chair
Legislative Review Chair
Program Planning Committee
2020 PARKLAWN CHAPTER OF BLACKS IN GOVERNMENT OFFICERS AND STANDING COMMITTEES
AGENCY DIVERSITY COUNCIL LIAISON REPORTS
-HRSA – Sapphire Marc-Harris
-HHS Employee Resource Group - Vacant
-HHS Diversity Council –Anthony Lee
-FDA Employee Resource Group – Anthony Lee
Dr. G. Avery Wilson
HEALTH EDUCATION & AWARENESS
Dr. Contress Braxton
Dr. G. Avery Wilson
BIG PURPOSE: An advocate of equal opportunity and professional development for Black government employees of local, county, state and federal government; and others dedicated to justice for all.
BIG VISION: Member focused, world class enterprise, recognized for excellence.
BIG MISSION: Enable all present and future Black employees in Local, State, and Federal governments to have the ability to maximize their career opportunities and provide a mechanism for inclusion, growth and advocacy.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
1. To be an advocate of equal opportunity for Blacks in government.
2. To eliminate practices of racism and racial discrimination against Blacks in government.
3. To promote professionalism among Blacks in government.
4. To develop and promote programs which will enhance ethnic pride and educational opportunities for Blacks in government.
5. To establish a mechanism for gathering and disseminating information for Blacks in government.
6. To provide a nonpartisan platform on major issues of local, regional and national significance that affect Blacks in government.
BIG GUIDING PRINCIPLES
1. Be Accountable
2. Commit to Excellence
3. Act with Integrity
4. Take Responsibility
5. Work as a Team
6. Remain Loyal and Dedicated
BIG Parklawn Meetings
General Body Meeting
The BIG Parklawn Chapter Body meetings usually are every 3rd Thursday of every month.
WebEx: See Calendar Invite or click here: Link
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
Dial In: Access Code - 906 400 522
BIG Parklawn Chapter Executive Committee Meeting
The BIG Parklawn Chapter General Body meetings usually are every 3rd Tuesday of every month. Only Elected Officers or invited guest attend this meeting.