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The Education Chapter of BIG is located in Region Eleven (RXI), which includes DC, MD, and VA. Check out what’s happening across RXI.



Membership Drive

Although its still April, we are gearing up for the May Membership Drive. Below, are a few reasons to join BIG.

The last bullet may not sit very well with a lot of people, but it is the truth. Not one of use got to where we are without the struggles of people who have come before. I found it both interesting and hopeful when reading 9 Rules Every Millennial Needs to Embrace at Work, the the 4th bullet was; Learn and appreciate the history of the organization. We are all standing on the shoulders of those who went before us.

In all honesty, being a part of a volunteer, organization, especially one that is founded and focused on advocacy and raising the status of federal employees, it does require a bit of unselfishness. It really is as much about what you bring to an organization as it is as what you get out of it. That does not mean that BIG is responsible for providing real benefits to its membership, because it is. However, too often we tend to downplay our own individual strengths and join organizations based on our weaknesses, or rather our needs. Check this out. When we come together and pool our individual strengths we invariable address our collective needs. That is what BIG is about.

More to Come

 Don’t ask what BIG can do for you, ask WHAT CAN I DO FOR BIG.

Professional Development and Opportunity

Advocacy and Awareness

Giving Back

Equal Opportunity in the Workplace

The U.S. Department of Education Chapter of BIG Meets every 3rd Thursday of the month.

Chapter meetings will be held alternately in PCP and FB6 locations with a Conference Call # available.

Next meeting June 21

Let’s Welcome Democracy Federal Credit Union.

 The time of the meetings will be from 12:00 to 1:00 unless otherwise notified.

Room locations: LBJ TDC

Conference #: 1-877-448-3136

PC: 2115810

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 the gathering and dissemination of information to Blacks in government.

6. To provide a nonpartisan platform on major issues of local, regional, and national significance that affect Blacks in government.


To truly understand BIG as a national organization, and what my vision is as Chapter President, we need to start with a little history.

Remember the past…

…or be doomed to repeat it.

Blacks In Government® (BIG) was established in 1975 and incorporated in 1976 by a small group of African Americans at the Public Health Services of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare in the Parklawn building in Rockville, Maryland. After initially thinking the national organization would address only the problems at the Federal level, it soon became apparent that State, County, and Municipal Black employees were faced the similar wide assortment of racially motivated problems in the workplace. BIG, as a national organization was incorporated in 1976 and continues to responds to the needs of African Americans in the public service. (Click here to continue)

 Click here for 10 Good Reasons to Join ED-BIG.

Current Chapter Officers




Jesse Sharpe


Gwendolyn Washington


Denise Jefferson


Stephanie Prathers

Membership Chair

Karen Holliday

Other Positions

2018 BIG STEM & Oratorical Competition


STEM Theme: “Exploring Coding/Programming Opportunities.”

Oratorical Theme: Making Ethical Decisions: What Challenges Impede Today’s Youth’s Ability to Lead by Example Positively?

The STEM and Oratorical Competition is open to students in 9-12 grade.

 Spread the Word to family, friends and co-workers. The competition will be held May 10th at Dept. Of Education. 400 Maryland Ave. SW DC..

Click here for more information and entry forms.

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