Hispanic employees make a big impact at the USPTO, day in and day out.
They are leaders, innovators, risk-takers and influencers. They are trail-blazers. And in June 2009, engineers at the USPTO formed the first US government professional chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, SHPE-USPTO(link is external).
SHPE-USPTO programs foster the professional, educational and cultural support that members rely on for career advancement and success at USPTO. In partnership with the agency's Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity as well as the Office of Human Resources, SHPE-USPTO's work is also focused on targeted hiring efforts to help increase the number of Hispanic employees.
SHPE-USPTO also played an instrumental role in supporting the expansion of the agency’s telework program to Puerto Rico. As of April 2016, interested and eligible employees now have another telework option outside of the USPTO's 50-mile commuting radius from which to work and call home without the requirement to report back to the Alexandria campus. Agency leadership expect that this step will not only help the USPTO’s efforts to spur innovation in more regions, but that it will also and enhance the Puerto Rican economy by bringing federal employee positions to the island.
Patriotism and a strong commitment to serve our country is evident in our own Hispanic employees at the USPTO who provide a richness in skill, creativity, thought leadership and determination.
With an emerging new generation of Hispanics taking more leadership roles within the agency and opening doors for others to follow, the USPTO serves as a great example of the benefits of diversity for the community and for the nation.