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NRCS New York Special Emphasis Programs

The term "Special Emphasis Programs" (SEP) refers to those programs which focus special attention on certain specific underrepresented groups as a result of a particular law, regulation, and/or Executive Order. Special Emphasis Programs have been initiated to address the employment-related or program concerns of groups not specifically included in other 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 (SEPM) 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.

NRCS New York Special Emphasis Programs

American Indian/Alaskan Native Emphasis Program (AI/AN)
Asian American/Pacific Islanders Emphasis Program (AA/PI)
Black Emphasis Program (BEP)
Disability Emphasis Program (DEP)
Federal Women's Program (FWP)
Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender Emphasis Program (LGBT)
Hispanic Emphasis Program (HEP)
Veterans Emphasis Program (VEP)


Special Emphasis Program Managers

Name Title / Location Telephone
Steve Stroka, American Indian/Alaskan Native Heritage SEPM Biologist, Lafayette 315-677-3552
Dave Roberts, Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage SEPM Natural Resource Specialist, Marcy 315-736-3316
Tammy Willis, Black Emphasis Program SEPM Assistant State Conservationist - Programs, Syracuse 315-477-6503
Oscar Velez-Juarbe, Disability SEPM Resource Conservationist, Millbrook 845-677-3191
Emily West, Federal Women's Program SEPM Soil Conservationist, Geneseo 585-243-0030
Susan Caggiano, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender SEPM Secretary, Syracuse 315-477-6513
Janella Cruz, Hispanic Heritage SEPM Soil Scientist, Paul Smiths  
Jim Pullano, Veterans SEPM Resource Conservationist, Canton 315-386-2401 Extension 4


Special Emphasis Observances Implemented by Public Law

African-American/Black History Month (February)
Asian Pacific Heritage Month (May)
National Disability Employment Awareness (October)
National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15)
National Native American/Indian Month (November)
National Women’s History Month (March)