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Welcome to the NRCS Pacific Island Area’s LGBT Emphasis Program

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Policy

It is NRCS policy to conduct a positive and continuing LGBT Emphasis Program that provides equal employment opportunity for LGBT persons in all personnel management policies, practices and in NRCS-sponsored programs and activities.

Objectives

The LGBT Special Emphasis Program is designed to provide focus on issues related to employment, promotion, training, and career enhancement affecting LGBT employees and applicants in NRCS. The program seeks to:

  • Ensure that LGBT people receive equal treatment in all aspects of employment;
  • Increase the number of LGBT people employed in all professional, administrative, technical, clerical, and other categories, series, and grade levels;
  • Provide opportunities to participate in training, career development, and leadership programs;
  • Encourage the participation of LGBT populations in all NRCS-sponsored programs and activities;
  • Provide a network of professional support for LGBT persons;
  • Provide mentoring support to LGBT in the workforce;
  • Educate all NRCS employees by raising the level of awareness of LGBT workplace issues and concerns.

Executive Orders

  • Executive Order 13087 - Provides that, as a matter of Federal policy, an individual’s sexual orientation should not be the basis for the denial of an employment or promotional opportunity.
  • Executive Order 13672 - Prohibiting Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity by Contractors and Subcontractors

Contact

Valerie Russell
LGBT Special Emphasis Program Manager
Phone: 808-541-2600 x 136
Email: Valerie.Russell@hi.usda.gov