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North Carolina Civil Rights Advisory Committee

NRCS in North Carolina 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

Mission Statement

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

Guiding Principles

The North Carolina (NC) Civil Rights Advisory Committee (CRAC) believes in the strength of diversity, the value of maintaining a positive attitude in the workplace, and in our relationships with fellow employees and our customers. We are committed to treating everyone with dignity and respect and have made it a priority to both listen and learn.


1. Ensure representation from various grades, disciplines, and workforce diversity.

2. Provide the communication link through which NRCS employees can bring matters to the attention of management.

North Carolina Civil Rights Advisory Committee Representatives


Key Contacts

Name Position Phone Number Email
Roger Toledo
Committee Chair
Sarah Sweeting
Committee Vice-Chair
Area Representatives
Name Position Phone Number Email
Katie Gibbs
Area 1 Representative
Sarah Dixon
Area 2 Representative
John Gentry
Area 3 Representative
Special Emphasis Program Managers
Name Position Phone Number Email
Tramell Forney
Veterans Program Manager
Ami Mineta
Asian American, Pacific Islander Program Manager
Julius George
Black Program Manager
Ivi Mitchell
Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender Program Manager
Gabriela Velez Rodriguez
Hispanic Emphasis Program Manager
Twanda Smith
Disability Emphasis Program Manager
Lance Parker
American Indian/Alaska Native Program Manager
Kristian Turner
Federal Women's Program Manager

What Can You Do if You Believe Discrimination Has Occurred?

Contact the EEOC promptly if you suspect discrimination. Do not delay, because there are strict time limits for filing a charge of discrimination (180 or 300 days, depending on where you live/ work). You can reach the EEOC in any of the following ways:

Submit an inquiry through the EEOC’s public portal at


1–800–669–4000 (toll free)

1–800–669–6820 (TTY) 

1–844–234–5122 (ASL video phone)

Visit an EEOC field office at

Additional information about the EEOC, including information about filing a charge of discrimination, is available at