Civil Rights

And Justice For AllArizona NRCS Civil Rights Advisory Committee (CRAC)

Mission Statement:
To facilitate the fair and equitable treatment of USDA customers and employees while ensuring the delivery and enforcement of civil rights programs and activities.

Guiding Principles:
We value our employees and customers and believe in the strength of diversity. We are committed to treating both with dignity and respect. We listen and learn. We take pride in our abilities and are dedicated to contributing to the success of the USDA. We encourage and reward creativity and teamwork. We are open and honest, holding ourselves accountable and possessing the highest level of integrity. We identify the needs and expectations of our employees and customers, and provide quality and timely products and services.

Members of the Arizona NRCS Civil Rights Advisory Committee (CRAC)

Arizona NRCS Special Emphasis Programs

The term "Special Emphasis Programs" (SEP) refers to those programs which focus special attention on certain specific underrepresented groups as a result of a particular law, regulation, and/or Executive Order. Special Emphasis Programs have been initiated to address the employment-related or program concerns of groups not specifically included in other programs.

Special emphasis activities and support are an integral part of the civil rights program at the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Within their respective programs, Special Emphasis Program Managers (SEPM) assist the State Conservationist, to ensure that equal opportunity is present in all aspects of NRCS programs and services. This includes assisting the State Conservationist to provide leadership to identify under representation and ensure positive actions are being taken to address any such problem areas.

Special Emphasis Program Managers assist the State Conservationist to provide advice and assistance to management officials in order to help them meet civil rights program goals and objectives. They also assist the State Conservationist to ensure effective communications among all persons and areas dealing with, or affected by, agency civil rights responsibilities.

Special Emphasis Programs:

American Indian/Alaska Native Special Emphasis Program (AI/AN)
Asian American/Pacific Islanders Special Emphasis Program (AA/PI)
Black Special Emphasis Program (BEP)
Veterans and Disabilities Special Emphasis Program
Federal Women's Program (FWP)
Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual, Transgender Special Emphasis Program (GLBT)
Hispanic Special Emphasis Program (HEP)

Calendar of Events

Links and Resources:

National NRCS Civil Rights Division - Compliance information, required posters, and reporting requirements.