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Idaho Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender (LGBT) Special Emphasis Program

Observance Month:  June - Celebrate Diversity!

The purpose of this program is to provide focus on issues such as equal program delivery, employment, promotion, training and career enhancement affecting LGBT employees and program applicants at NRCS


The LGBT Special Emphasis Program Manager works toward the commitment that diversity, including LGBT diversity, will be celebrated, recognized and be part of the NRCS experience.

The program seeks to:GLBT Diversity Factors

  • Make people comfortable with diversity
  • Identify barriers or biases regarding diversity
  • Seeks to challenge old belief systems
  • Provide knowledge, wisdom and understanding regarding diversity
  • Resolve and prevent conflicts

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

  1. Ensure that gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people receive equal treatment in all aspects of employment.
  2. Increase the number of LGBT people 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 LGBT populations in all NRCS-sponsored programs and activities.
  5. Provide a network of professional support for LGBT.
  6. Provide mentoring support to LGBT in the workforce.
  7. Educate all NRCS employees by raising the level of awareness of LGBT workplace issues and concerns.


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Idaho Program Contact

Carrie Janssen-Smith, Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender Emphasis Program Manager, (208) 237-4628, ext. 118