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The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) places emphasis on Equal Opportunity for the Agency’s employees and program customers in Colorado. Colorado NRCS strives to uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans, particularly some of the most vulnerable groups of society. Every employee, applicant, and customer must be treated fairly, equitably, and with dignity and respect.

NRCS enforces federal statutes prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital or family status, political beliefs, parental status, protected genetic information, or reprisal (retaliation) for prior EEO activity. Unlawful discrimination in any form will not be tolerated.

Colorado Civil Rights Committee (CCRC)

The Colorado Civil Rights Committee (CCRC) implements the requirements of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which created the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and prohibited discrimination in employment based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. Executive Order 11478 stated that EEO is an integral part of every aspect of the Federal Government's personnel policy. The Committee also has certain responsibilities under Title VI - Program Delivery.

The CCRC is responsible to the Deputy Equal Opportunity Officer (State Conservationist). The committee serves the following functions:

  • As an advisory body to the State Conservationist to promote and assist in meaningful and effective affirmative action consistent with the goals and objectives set forth by management.
  • Provides feedback on the performance of the equal opportunity, workforce diversity, and civil rights program, identifies areas of weakness, and makes recommendations for improvements to other NRCS officials in Colorado.
  • Identifies emerging areas needing special attention by the State Conservationist and other NRCS officials in Colorado.
  • This committee will support and promote the Plan of Operations for equal opportunity, workforce diversity, and civil rights.
  • The committee will make recommendations to the State Conservationist regarding policies, practices, and procedures that adversely affect the achievement of equal opportunity, workforce diversity, and civil rights goals and objectives.
  • Make recommendations to the State Conservationist to see that all minority groups are represented in the workforce. Outreach efforts will be made to assure that objectives are reached.

The CCRC is comprised of the following:  Eight (8) special emphasis program managers, One (1) representative from each of three administrative areas, and One (1) from the Denver state office area. Members are active in field office reviews, area meetings, trainings, and discussion groups. Representatives from the Colorado Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, and Rural Development also participate in meetings and activities.

Colorado Civil Rights Committee Directory

Colorado NRCS Special Emphasis Programs

  • (Month of Observance)
  • Black Emphasis Program

    • (February) Black History Month - In 1926, Dr. Carter Woodson instituted a week-long celebration of African American contributions to American history. Today, we celebrate the entire month of February as Black History Month.
  • Federal Women's Emphasis Program

    • (March) National Women’s History Month - Established by presidential proclamation to draw attention to and rectify the limited focus on women in the study of U.S. history.
  • Asian American/Pacific Islander Emphasis Program

    • (May) Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month - Established by congressional proclamation in 1979 as Asian Heritage Week, President George Bush signed legislation into law in 1992 that officially designated May as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month—a month that commemorates the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States.
  • Veterans Emphasis Program

    • (May) National Military Appreciation Month - National Military Appreciation Month, as designated by Congress, provides a period encompassing both the history and recognition of our armed services with an in-depth look at the diversity of its individuals and achievements.
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Emphasis Program

    • (June) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual Pride Month - Currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. The Stonewall riots were a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States.
  • Hispanic Emphasis Program

    • (Sep 15-Oct 15) National Hispanic Heritage Month - Started in 1968 as National Hispanic Heritage Week and incorporated September 15 and 16, the independence days for Central American nations and Mexico, respectively. In 1988, it expanded to National Hispanic Heritage Month.
  • Disability Emphasis Program

    • (October) National Disability Employment Awareness Month - In 1988, presidential proclamation designated October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month in order to promote and encourage the full integration of people with disabilities into the workforce.
  • American Indian/Alaska Native Emphasis Program

    • (November) ‚ÄčNative American Heritage Month - On August 3, 1990 President of the United States George H. W. Bush declared the month of November as National American Indian Heritage Month, thereafter commonly referred to as Native American Heritage Month.

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Non-Discrimination Statement

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers. If you believe you experienced discrimination when obtaining services from USDA, participating in a USDA program, or participating in a program that receives financial assistance from USDA, you may file a complaint with USDA. Information about how to file a discrimination complaint is available from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights. USDA prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex (including gender identity and expression), marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, political beliefs, genetic information, 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.) To file a complaint of discrimination, complete, sign, and mail a program discrimination complaint form, available at any USDA office location or online at www.ascr.usda.gov, or write to: USDA, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410.

Or call toll free at (866) 632-9992 (voice) to obtain additional information, the appropriate office or to request documents. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay service at (800) 877-8339 or (800) 845-6136 (in Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD)