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Texas Civil Rights Advisory Committee

To be an inclusive, diverse, and equitable Agency that delivers programs and services in a manner based on and consistent with fairness, equality, availability, and accountability while ensuring that applicants and employees are treated with respect and free from discrimination.

Civil Rights and EEO

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 made it illegal for any employer to deny anyone a job because of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Title VII also prohibited discrimination in firing, promoting, training, salary, and all other privileges of employment. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 also established the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC was given the responsibility to investigate EEO complaints and to attempt to resolve those complaints through conciliation and mediation.

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 states that no person in the United States shall, on the "grounds of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."

Special Emphasis 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 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.

Amanda Lowey


Cody Groff

Vice Chair

Floyd Nauls

State Outreach Coordinator

Pedro Ramos

Civil Rights Liaison

Floyd Nauls

Tribal Liaison

Terra Fannin

Zone 1 Member

Shelby Morrison

Zone 2 Member

Lela Meeks

Zone 3 Member

Lana Armon

Zone 4 Member

Jeffery Leindecker

Zone 5 Member

Michael Higgins

Asian American/Pacific Islanders Emphasis Program Manager

Ramon Saenz

American Indian/Alaskan Natives Emphasis Program Manager

Mikela Pryor

Black Emphasis Program Manager

Angela Sims

Disability Emphasis Program Manager

Kenyatta Scott

Federal Women's Program Manager

Samantha Salinas

Hispanic Emphasis Program Manager

Isaac Norris

LGBTQ+ Emphasis Program Manager

Yolonda Cannon

Veterans Emphasis Program Manager