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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Emphasis Program (LGBT)

Jennifer Van Eps, (509) 323-2914
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Emphasis Program Manager

Jenn Van Eps #2

I'm Jennifer Van Eps (Jenn) and I am your LGBT Special Emphasis Program Manager on the Civil Rights Advisory Committee. My role is to focus on issues such as employment, retention, promotion, training, career development and advancement opportunities affecting LGBT applicants and employees in NRCS.

In August of 2010 I began my employment with the NRCS as a Visual Information Specialist - which is just a fancy way of saying Graphic Designer. I am very creative and enjoy working on new projects, so I will bring that to the Civil Rights team to ensure that all underserved communities are well represented in Washington State.

Program Goals

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Program Manager is responsible for providing LGBT awareness and education to NRCS employees and partners while focusing on such issues as employment, retention, promotion, training, career development, and advancement opportunities affecting LGBT applicants and employees at NRCS.


The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Special Emphasis Program is designed to:

  •  Ensure that gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender 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.
  • Provide mentoring support to LGBT in the workforce.
  • Educate all NRCS employees by raising the level of awareness of LGBT workplace issues and concerns.

LGBT Celebrated Month 

The LGBT community has two months of celebration and various other days that are important to the community as well.

June is Pride month and a time for community members and ally’s to show support for the entire community and celebrate the Stonewall Riots of 1969 in New York City. That event is considered to be the birth of the modern LGBT rights struggle.

The second month is October. This is a remembrance and celebration of the history of those in the LGBT community.