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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.




Black History Month poster

February is Black History Month, also referred to as African American History Month. This month provides an opportunity for our country to celebrate generations of Black Americans whose courage, advocacy, and patriotism have enriched our communities and strengthened our country. When Dr. Carter G. Woodson established Negro History Week in 1926, he realized the importance of providing a theme to focus the attention of the public. This year, the Black History Month 2023 national theme is “Black Resistance,” which explores how African Americans and allies across all nationalities have resisted historic and ongoing oppression, in all forms, since the nation’s earliest days.  In honoring Black trailblazers and change-makers, we gain inspiration for the work that remains to fulfill our sacred responsibility to form a perfect union. 

Throughout the month, USDA will highlight Black American agricultural trailblazers—past and present—on our social media accounts. USDA also will create learning and dialogue opportunities across our organization. Our celebration of Black contributions is not something that only deserves to be highlighted this month. That’s why, 365 days a year, we will continue to value and support the rich and substantive contributions of Black Americans to food, agriculture, forestry, science, nutrition, international trade and rural prosperity for many years to come.

Key Contacts

Name Position Phone Number Email
Channa Proctor
Committee Chair
Roger Toledo
Committee Vice-Chair
Area Representatives
Name Position Phone Number Email
Katie Gibbs
Area 1 Representative
April Smith
Area 2 Representative
Sara Sweeting
Area 3 Representative
Special Emphasis Program Managers
Name Position Phone Number Email
Tramell Forney
Veterans Program Manager
Twanda Smith
Asian American, Pacific Islander Program Manager
Julius George
Black Program Manager
Kim Poteat
Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender Program Manager
Gabriela Velez Rodriguez
Hispanic Emphasis Program Manager
Rebecca McCarty
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

Call     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