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Utah Civil Rights Committee

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Civil Rights include:

  • Employing and empowering a competent and highly-skilled workforce representative of the Nation’s labor force;
  • Creating a working environment that is free of discrimination and harassment and is accessible to individuals with disabilities;
  • Recognizing, appreciating, and valuing diversity, thereby demonstrating trust, respect, and concern for the welfare of all individuals;
  • Ensuring that all policies, processes, and procedures provide all individuals the opportunity to develop, participate, and compete fairly and equitably;
  • Promoting equal opportunity in employment and program delivery;
  • Developing agency-wide policies and procedures for major programs and services as related to civil rights; and
  • Ensuring delivery of the Department's Annual required training to all personnel to increase awareness, understanding, and appreciation of equal opportunity.

Code of Ethics

NRCS promotes a working environment that values, respect, fairness, and integrity.  When acting on behalf of or representing NRCS:

  • Act with integrity.
  • Be honest.
  • Follow the law.
  • Comply with the Code.
  • Be accountable.

Acting with integrity is about more than NRCS’ image and reputation, or avoiding legal issues. It’s about sustaining a place where we all are proud to work. Ultimately, it’s about each of us knowing that we have done the right thing. This means acting honestly and treating each other and our customers and partners fair, equitable, and with dignity. The Civil Rights staff, its representatives, and all employees shall act with honesty, integrity, and openness in all their dealings as representatives of the organization. 


The Utah Civil Rights Committee serves the following functions:

  • Serves as an advisory body to the Deputy Equal Opportunity Officer (DEOO) to promote and assist in meaningful and effective affirmative employment consistent with the goals and objectives set forth by leadership;
  • Provides feedback on the performance of the civil rights outreach program, identifies areas of weakness, and makes recommendations for improvements to the DEOO;
  • Identifies emerging areas needing special attention by the DEOO and Utah NRCS leadership; and
  • Make recommendations to the DEOO regarding policies, practices, and procedures as they affect civil rights within Utah.

Additionally, this Committee shall strive to present and promote dignity and respect for all individuals and groups. This effort will exemplify the essence of civil rights equality for human beings, in the understanding that this pursuit embraces the positive associated human values to which all are entitled.

Utah Civil Rights Committee Members

Deputy Civil Rights Officer
Emily Fife, State Conservationist, Salt Lake, Term: Indefinite

Civil Rights Liaison NRCS (Ex-Officio)
Ammon Boswell, ASTC-FO,  Ogden (South Area), Term: 9/30/2022

Civil Rights Committee Advisor
Jolene Lau, Outreach Coordinator, Salt Lake, Term: 9/30/2022

Civil Rights Committee Chair
Terron Pickett, Area Resource Soil Scientist, Richfield (Area Office), Term: 9/30/2023

Civil Rights Committee Vice Chair
Kristi Westwood, District Conservationist, Panguitch, Term: 9/30/2023

SEPM - American Indian Alaska Native
Lourdes Bobadilla, Soil Conservationist, Provo, Term: 9/30/2025

SEPM - Federal Women
Dee Cummings, Secretary, Salt Lake, Term: 9/30/2023

SEPM - Black
Wade Ingram, Soil Conservationist, Richfield, Term: 9/30/2025

SEPM - Hispanic
Kert Young, Resource Conservationist, Tooele, Term: 9/30/2024

SEPM - Disability
Adam Turkala, Soil Conservationist, Coalville, Term: 9/30/2025

SEPM - Veterans
Kristi Westwood, District Conservationist, Panguitch, Term: 9/30/2024

SEPM - Asian American Pacific Islander
Erin Petit, Soil Conservationist, Monticello, Term: 9/30/2025

SEPM - Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer +
Jenny Jo Cox, District Conservationist, Provo, Term: 9/30/2024


The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, Large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's Target Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, or call 800-795-3272 (voice) or 202-720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider, lender, and employer.