What is an Affinity Group?
The USPTO has a very diverse workforce with employees having various backgrounds and cultures. Affinity Groups are formed based on a shared common background and/or special interest. The groups are led by a team of volunteer employees who organize cultural, social and career development programs and events for their members, the USPTO workforce, and the wider community.
The Affinity Groups are granted Voluntary Employee Organizations status by the agency, and they work with the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity on joint events and programs – all working together to create a more favorable work environment. There are over a dozen Affinity Groups at USPTO (Intranet link).
AMACA was officially recognized as a Voluntary Employee Organization by the USPTO in February 2011. AMACA fulfilled the requirements for Agency recognition as set forth under Policy No 202-04-04, Section III, and is committed to staying within those requirements in addition to requirements set forth in Department Administrative Order 202-251 (which superseded DAO 202-707).
Links of Other USPTO Affinity Groups:
Asian Pacific American Network (APANET)
Bangladeshi-American Intellectual Property Organization (BAIPO)
Blacks in Government (BIG)
Caribbean Intellectual Property Association (CIPA)
Federally Employed Women (FEW)
Intellectual Property Society of Iranian Americans (IPSIA)
National Society Of Black Engineers
Society of Ethiopian American Engineers and Scientists (SEAES)
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE-USPTO)
USPTO Military Association
USPTO Network of Executive Women
Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE)
USPTO Club for Open Data Enthusiasts – CODE
Other government agencies with VEOs, Affinity Groups, or Diversity Networks: