ADMINISTRATOR’S MEMORANDUM TO CSREES EMPLOYEES
CIVIL RIGHTS POLICY STATEMENT
I fully support the position of the Secretary of Agriculture that equal opportunity and civil rights
are of great importance and must clearly exist in the Cooperative State research, Education, and
Extension Service (CSREES). It is of utmost importance that we renew and strengthen our
efforts to ensure equal access and opportunity in all aspects of our programs and employment
practices without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, or sexual
orientation to the full extent of nondiscrimination laws.
As employees of this Agency, we are charged by law and regulation to conduct our business in
such a manner that CSREES does not directly or by implication condone the practice of
discrimination. We have an obligation to correct any program or management practice that is not
achieving the objectives of inclusion and anti-discrimination. We are expected to play a very
important role in maintaining a positive equal opportunity environment, that ensures
discrimination and harassment do not exist in our education and research programs, employment
activities, or our work environment.
We must be committed to an emphasis on diversity in our programs. I believe that learning to
address the many dimensions of diversity surpasses ethnicity, gender, and culture, but also
embraces a diversity of norms, values, and standards by which people act. Therefore, we must
strive to maintain an environment that allows us to have differences of opinions in a climate of
openness, mutual respect, and trust.
I am directing all managers and employees to explore ways to collaborate with our State partners
and other recipient organizations to: underscore and reinforce current laws and regulations
regarding nondiscrimination; promote best practices in providing equal access and opportunities
in programs and employment practices; provide greater equity in the distribution of recognition.
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