The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
prohibits discrimination in all its programs and
activities on the basis of race, color, national
origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political
beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family
status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all
programs.) Persons with disabilities who require
alternative means for communication of program
information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.)
should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202)
720-2600 (voice and TDD).
To fi le a complaint of discrimination, write
USDA, Director, Offi ce of Civil Rights, Room
326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence
Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or
call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is
an equal opportunity provider and employer.
How Can the Civil Rights Com-
mittee Work for You?
Get to know the Civil Rights Advisory
Committee members and develop a working
relationship with them.
Attend meetings sponsored by the committee
and Special Emphasis Program Managers.
Discuss ideas and proposals on improving
employment opportunities and working
conditions with committee members.
Who Serves on the Committee?
Currently, the committee has 10 general
members and three Special Emphasis Program
Managers. Each general member is selected to
serve a three-year term. NRCS management is
represented on the committee by an advisor. Any
permanent NRCS employee is eligible to serve
on the committee.
Special Emphasis Program Mangers serve
a three- to fi ve-year term and are non-voting
members of the committee. Individuals who
contributions to the organization.
Diversity contributes to the organization’s
problem solving and responsiveness by increas-
ing the variety of viewpoints and perspectives to
meet new challenges. Everyone gains strength
Valuing and recognizing diversity enables an
organization to benefi t from the different per-
spectives and contributions that each employee
brings to the workplace and to maintain com-
petitiveness in a global