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Black Emphasis Program

Iowa Program Manager: Shaffer Ridgeway, District Conservationist, Waterloo

The Black Emphasis Program is designed to provide focus on issues such as employment, promotion, training, and career enhancement affecting Black employees and applicants in NRCS.

403.113  Program Objectives

The Black Emphasis Program is an integral part of the overall equal employment opportunity (EEO) program and is designed to:

  1. Ensure that African Americans/Blacks receive equal treatment in all aspects of employment.
  2. Increase the number of African Americans/Blacks employed in all professional, administrative, technical, clerical, and other categories, series, and grade levels.
  3. Provide opportunities to participate in training, career development, and leadership programs.
  4. Encourage the participation of African Americans/Blacks in all NRCS-sponsored programs and activities.
  5. Provide a network of professional support for African Americans/Blacks.
  6. Provide mentoring support to African Americans/Blacks in the workforce.
  7. Educate all NRCS employees by raising the level of awareness of African American/Black workplace issues and concerns.

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NRCS 1890 National Scholars Program

The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program is a partnership between of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Universities. The program awards scholarships to students to attend one of 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Universities.

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