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Black Emphasis Program

2012 Black History Month Poster

Program Manager: Jina Vandi  (732) 537-6073

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 receive equal treatment in all aspects of employment.
  2. Increase the number of African Americans 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 in all NRCS-sponsored programs and activities.
  5. Provide a network of professional support for African Americans.
  6. Provide mentoring support to African Americans in the workforce.
  7. Educate all NRCS employees by raising the level of awareness of African American workplace issues and concerns. 

reference: General Manual 230 subpart G Black Emphasis Program

February is Black History Month

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2012 Black History Month Poster Front as shown at right (668 kb)
2012 Black History Month Poster Answer Key

2011 Black History Month Poster (1.2 mb)

2010 Black History Month Poster (478 kb)


USDA/1890 National Scholars Program

USDA/1890 National Scholars Program Each year USDA provides 34 full 4-year scholarships to students attending any of the 17 historically Black 1890 Institutions. Open to students completing their senior year of high school, scoring a minimum of 1000 on the SAT, or a score of 21 or higher on the ACT. Must maintain a 3.0 GPA or better. Scholars must major in agricultural related fields, food or natural sciences, or other allied disciplines. Application deadlines is January 15 of each year. This is a student employment program with non-competitive conversion eligibility.

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This page last updated May 8, 2015.