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Kansas Civil Rights Committee

NRCS works to ensure compliance with Agency policies for conservation and equal opportunity programs, and accountability for the delivery of quality and timely service to our customers. USDA is an equal opportunity employer, provider and lender.

Kansas NRCS supports the policy of USDA to provide equal opportunity for all persons without discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

We are fully dedicated to ensuring that all persons associated with NRCS in Kansas comply with every aspect of our nation’s Civil Rights laws and policies.  All employees are expected to model equal opportunity, civil rights, and cultural transformation, and managers and supervisors must demonstrate an elevated regard by supporting civil rights, equal employment opportunity, diversity, and cultural transformation.


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.

Kansas Civil Rights Advisory Committee

Name Position Phone Number Email
Karen Woodrich
Deputy Equal Opportunity Officer
Jack Fitzgerald
Chairperson
Special Emphasis Program Managers
Name Position Phone Number Email
Salefu Tuvalu Solia
Asian American/Pacific Islander Program Manager
Lacy Fallon
Disability/Veterans Program Manager
Timothy McCoy
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Program Manager
Jeffery Austin
Hispanic Program Manager
Jeffery Olson
Federal Women's Program Manager
Taslima Stephen
American Indian/Alaska Native Program Manager
Tim Weltmer
Black Program Manager
Committee Members / Liaison
Name Position Phone Number Email
Angela Allen
Member
Stephan Kolarik
Member
James Ungerer
Member
Samuel Williams
Member
Tami Yost
Liaison