A three-day training session
Background: Working with management
to identify potential EEO problems and develop workable
solutions is a main objective for each of the special
emphasis program areas.
In order to do this effectively, the Special Emphasis Program Manager
(SEPM) must have an understanding of anti-discrimination laws, possess
good problem solving skills to identify if discrimination exists and
be able to present alternatives to management and employees in a positive
manner. This course is designed to help the SEPM develop the skills necessary
to do this.
Training Special: A copy of the Special Emphasis Program Manager's Handbook,
revised June 2011 which retails for $174.95 is included in the course
The Handbook is the most complete desk reference available for SEPMs.
It contains information on the technical aspects of federal special emphasis
programs and a wealth of information on related civil rights materials.
- Identify individual roles as Special Emphasis Program Managers
- Understand the overall EEO and AAP process and laws
- Outline the roles and responsibilities of EEO officials
- Evaluate management policies and practices for SEP
- Work with management and employees
to overcome employment barriers
Note: This is a basic course. Individuals with extensive
EEO experience or background should consider attending
Advanced Implementation Techniques for Special Emphasis
Course Content: Learn about your special emphasis program from square
The session will include the following topics:
- Individual SEPM roles - similarities
- SEP goals and objectives
- EEO Officials and their roles
- Difficulties in implementing
- The language of civil rights
- Differences between EEO, Affirmative
Employment & Diversity
- Disparate treatment and disparate
- Systemic discrimination
- The discrimination complaints
process and the SEPM's role
- Upward Mobility: What it is
and how it works
- Sexual harassment and the SEPM's
- Analyzing workforce data
- Operating with a budget
- Potential areas to review for
- Affirmative action items, what
they are, how to write them
- Gaining the support of and
working with management officials
- Developing your individual
work plans and action items
Who should attend: Individuals responsible for required and optional special emphasis programs, such as:
Hispanic Employment Program, Federal Women's Program, Disability Employment Program, Black/ African American Program, Asian American/Pacific Islander Program, Native American Program, Veterans Employment Program, Older Worker Program, LGBT program, and others with equal opportunity responsibilities. This session is also recommended for new supervisors and human resource practitioners.
- This is a wonderful program. Every government
agency should send their representatives.
- The entire program was excellent. I would recommend it to every Special
Emphasis Program Manager.
- I think the SEPM Handbook will be a valuable resource that I will refer
- This has been one of the best and most beneficial courses I've attended.
- A great investment - not only money, but time!
About the instructor:
This course is taught by either Carrolle Rushford or
John Jones (see calendar for your instructor)
Carrolle A. Rushford is a trainer, consultant,
and author in Denver, Colorado. She has taught courses in equal employment
opportunity, sexual harassment and special emphasis programs since 1975,
first as a trainer for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, then
as an Equal Opportunity Specialist for the Federal Highway Administration.
She is the author of the Special Emphasis Program Manager Handbook, the
only manual of its kind designed to guide SEPMs through their roles and
Carrolle's innovative, energetic presentations and down-to-earth style
have become her speaking trademarks. She is well known for her personal
enthusiasm, and her skill in presenting material in an informative and
Jones completed a 30 year career in Federal service,
retiring as the Director of Equal Opportunity for
the Bureau of Reclamation. His experience includes
Regional Personnel Officer with GSA and EPA. John
has a unique ability to evaluate personnel regulations
in context with equal opportunity issues. John was
a recipient of Interior's Meritorious Service Award
for his leadership and contributions in equal employment
opportunity and affirmative employment. John's experience
as a senior manager in both equal opportunity and
human resources provides him with a unique perspective
on how these disciplines interface.
Nomination procedures: Agencies and companies should
submit nominations on an agency training form, purchase
order or in a letter showing participant's name, title,
agency/company, mailing address, phone number and billing
instructions. Personal checks, company vouchers, VISA and Mastercard
Send registration information to:
Send registration information to
Rushford & Associates
615 South Xenon Court
Lakewood, CO 80228-2820
Fax forms to: 303-985-4996
Tuition: $895 per
person (Includes SEPM Handbook)
Call for list of hotels close to training site
Nominations cancelled 30 days prior to class date, no charge.
Cancellations from 30 to 15 days prior to class, 50% fee
Cancellations 14 days or less, full fee charged.
Registration deadline: Two weeks prior to the start of
Substitutions accepted until the first day of class
Space is limited
Please register early
Your training expenses—including tuition, travel, meals and
lodging—are tax deductible according to Treasury
Reg. 1.162-5 Coughlin vs. Commissioner, 203F 2d307.
For more information contact Rushford & Associates
on 303-989-3796 or fax 303-985-4996 or email