Message from the President




Robin D. MatthewsWelcome to the Blacks In Government Department of Labor Chapter (BIG-DOL) Website!


I am honored to serve as President of the Blacks In Government Department of Labor Chapter (BIG-DOL). We have recently made great strides to help promote diversity, equity, and cooperation within the Department of Labor (DOL) through the co-sponsorship of listening sessions, Town Halls, and Affinity Groups presentations and programs as well as by regularly meeting with the Office of the Secretary of Labor.


As we move forward, it is up to each of us to step outside of our comfort zone to make all of these current and future efforts permanent and impactful. We must let our voices be heard by management when feedback is requested. We must show our support by volunteering and attending programs that are sponsored by BIG-DOL and the Department. Secretary Thomas Perez has often said, "Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance." BIG-DOL has been invited to the party and we have been dancing like never before. As we continue to work toward permanent change, your participation and support is vital. I am proud of the work our members have done thus far and I look forward to the continued advancement of BIG's goals, including being an advocate of equal opportunity, promoting professionalism, and supporting programs that enhance ethnic pride and provide educational opportunities.


One of my favorite quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson says "Don't follow where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." Blacks In Government Department of Labor Chapter is currently on a path that we've never travelled before. My hope and my expectation is that we leave a trail for other chapters of Blacks In Government and other DOL affinity groups to follow, and that we create a path that will encourage DOL employees and BIG-DOL members and supporters to contribute to making DOL the ideal workplace.


DOL will be at its best when all employees are being treated fairly regardless of their race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, age, or membership in an employee organization. Yes, our accomplishments are significant, but we have to be committed to change and continue to "dance" by promoting EQUITY in all aspects of American life, EXCELLENCE in public service, and OPPORTUNITY for all Americans.


Continue to think BIG!


Robin D. Matthews,

President, BIG-DOL