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1 Presented By: The Civil Rights Advisory Committee Civil Rights and You….Presented By: The Civil Rights Advisory CommitteeI want to take a few moments to discuss work your fellow employees are doing to protect your rights under the law and the rights of your family friends and neighbors. I want to talk about the Civil Rights Advisory Committees
2 Committees Civil Rights Federal Women’s Program Each year Iowa Bulletin IA X is sent out concerning standing committees and task forces. Included are the membership of the Civil Rights Committee and one Special Emphasis Committees—FWP These are the people making up the Civil Rights and Federal Women’s Program Committees who are working to protect your rights under the law.Civil RightsFederal Women’s Program
3 Civil Rights Committee Make Up Chair—Assistant State Conservationist (FO)Members from each area and State OfficeExecutive Director of CDISponsorsAdvisorsThe Civil Rights Committee provides recommendations to the State Conservationist to assure NRCS programs are delivered and the NRCS employees are treated in a fair and equitable manner. The current director of Conservation Districts of Iowa is Deb Ryun.
4 Civil Rights Committee The committee advisors:Black Emphasis Program ManagerDisability Emphasis Program ManagerHispanic Emphasis Program ManagerFederal Women’s Program ManagerAsian Pacific American Program ManagerAmerican Indian/Alaska Native Program ManagerThe committee as has the benefit of advisors from a number of special emphasis areas. Please note the term “mangers.” The person filling the role of a special emphasis manager may be a GS-07, but when it comes to their area of responsibility, make no mistake, they are filling the role of a manager. As such, they have the ear of the State Conservationist.
5 Civil Rights Committee Sponsors Assistant State Conservationist (Technology)State Administrative OfficerStaff AdvisorWho is the current Assistant State Conservationist for Technology? Acting Mike SucikWho is the State Administrative Officer? Demitrice BoozerThe Staff Advisor is Christopher Knudsen, Human Resources Manager, Des Moines
6 Vision Mission Equity for People and Programs Ensure compliance with Agency policies for conservation and equal opportunity programs, and accountability for the delivery of quality and timely service to our customersReally, isn’t that what we all want?
7 ChargeTo provide the State Conservationist recommendations to assure NRCS programs are delivered and that NRCS employees are treated in a fair and equitable manner.This is why the committee work is important to you. This is a check that we are complying with federal law and doing what is right.
8 Civil Rights & EEO Beginnings with the Constitution and Bill of Rights Civil Rights Act of 1964Addresses employment discriminationEqual opportunity is the law that applies to employment activities in both the Federal and private sectors. EEO and civil rights began with the Constitution and the Bill of Rights; however the Constitution and the Bill of Rights did not mention employment discrimination. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 had the greatest impact on employment providing protection and enforcement under the law against discrimination.
9 Title VI“no person in the U.S. shall, on the basis of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”Title six says, when serving our customers, we cannot discriminate based on race, color, or national origin.
10 Title VIIprohibits unlawful employment practices such as discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability. It also prohibits reprisal or retaliation for participating in the discrimination complaint process or for opposing any unlawful employment practice.Title seven says the agency cannot discriminate against employees based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or disability if the person can do their job.
11 Committee Members Chair – Jim Frederick, ASTC – FO Area 2 Vice Chair – Bruce Trautman, ASTC – FO Area 5Area 1 Rep. – Carroll Oskvig, DC Spirit Lake Field OfficeArea 2 Rep. – Brad Harrison, DC Adel Field OfficeHere are the current Civil Rights committee members. They are your co-workers and friends with a full time conservation job. This is a collateral duty.
12 Committee MembersArea 3 Rep. – Tamara Buitenwerf, SC Elkader Field OfficeArea 4 Rep. – Nick Morrell, DC Indianola Field OfficeArea 5 Rep. – Christine Lousias, SCT Wapello Field OfficeState Office Rep. – Laurel Foreman, Civil Eng.They were chosen for their position for a three year term.
13 Area Rep Responsibilities Collect information on Civil Rights in their AreaProvide information and training to their AreaLook for potential conflict before it becomes a problem
14 Special Emphasis Programs Federal Women’s Program (FWP)Black Emphasis Program (BEP)Hispanic Emphasis Program (HEP)Asian Pacific American Program (APAP)American Indian/Alaska Native Emphasis Program (AIANEP)Disability Employment Program (DEP)Advising the Civil Rights Committee are Special Emphasis Program Managers. The Federal Women’s Program is the only special emphasis program that involves a committee of six. Note the term manager.
15 Functions of SEPMs Resource person for members of EEO protected groups Principle staff advisor of under represented groupsSEPs headed by Managers who directly report to State ConservationistProvide leadership to managers and supervisors in order to develop strategies to effectively recruit, employ and promote qualified members of EEO protected groups and under represented groupsServe as resource person and principle staff advisor in matters which affect employment and advancement of under represented groupsSEPMs are managers who are responsible for directly reporting to the State Conservationist on matters of their groups. They have direct access to the state conservationist on civil rights issues.
16 Functions of SEPs Remove discriminatory barriers to equal opportunity Promote cultural diversity awarenessTake to management group issues and concernsIdentify and assist in removing discriminatory practices and procedures and other barriers to equal opportunity in all employment and program delivery activities.Promote cultural diversity awarenessParticipate in forums and national conferences to provide an effective channel of communication to management to provide particular concerns and issues of the group
17 Black Emphasis James Zeigler Program Manager The purpose of the program is to provide focus on issues such as employment, promotion, training, and career enhancement affecting Black employees and applicants in NRCS.James Zeigler – Black Emphasis Program Manager
18 Program ObjectivesIncrease the total number of Blacks in all Professional, Administrative, Technical, Clerical, and others (PATCO) categories, series, and grade levelsEncourage the participation of Blacks in all NRCS-sponsored programs and activitiesProvide a network of professional support for BlacksEnsure that the Black community receives equal treatment in all aspects of employmentProvide opportunities to participate in training and training programs such as career enhancement, graduate studies, and others.
19 PolicyIt is NRCS policy to conduct a positive and continuing BEP that provides equal employment opportunity for Blacks in all personnel management policies and practices, as well as in NRCS-sponsored programs and activities.
20 Federal Women’s Program Dick TremainFWP ChairFWP is designed to create advancement opportunities throughout all occupational levels and all disciplines.Dick TremainProgram Manager
21 FWP Committee Chair – Dick Tremain, PAS State Office Vice-Chair – Stephanie Hill, SC Manchester Field OfficePast Chair – Lori J. Altheide, District Conservationist, OttumwaKathy Schneider, DC Onawa Field OfficeAaron Musselman, DC Nevada Field OfficeSandi Hunerdosse, SS Chariton Field OfficeChair – Dick Tremain, PAS State OfficeVice-Chair – Stephanie Hill, SC Manchester Field OfficePast Chair – Lori J. Altheide, District Conservationist, OttumwaKathy Schneider, DC Onawa Field OfficeAaron Musselman, DC Nevada Field OfficeSandi Hunerdosse, SS Chariton Field OfficeStephanie Hill is missing in this pictureWho is the woman in orange?Who does Sandi Hunerdosse work for? DSC as a secretary meaning we involve our partners as well.
22 Federal Women’s Program FWP is a special emphasis management program within the Equal Opportunity Program of the federal government.The FWP was established in 1967.Focuses on women, but disseminates information and items relating to all employees regardless of gender.Note: we disseminate information relating to all employees regardless of gender.
23 FWP PurposeImprove the recruitment, job retention and advancement opportunities for womenEncourage the participation of women in all NRCS sponsored programs and activities
24 FWP GoalsIncrease respect for the abilities and accomplishments of women employeesAddress current issues of importance to women and men in today’s changing world.
25 FWP Goals (continued)Promote employee’s advancement potential by providing information on career planning, upward mobility, special training, continuing education opportunities and balancing work and family.
26 HISPANIC PROGRAM MANAGER ROBERT MIERDC GRUNDY CENTERRoberto MierProgram Manager
27 HISPANIC PROGRAM MANAGER Assists NRCS outreachHelp NRCS employees understand Hispanic customsProvide Spanish language NRCS literature to Field Offices
28 HISPANIC PROGRAM MANAGER Translates short documents from English to Spanish, or Spanish to English.Maintain a Hispanic enrollment record of high schools in Iowa.Assist Human Resources with Recruitment of Hispanics.
29 Disability Employment Program Tricia DunfeeProgram Manager
30 “Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.” -- Albert Einstein
31 Disabled People The largest minority in the United States Every 1 in 6 persons has some degree of disabilityLess than 3 percent of those of employment age are employed full or part time
32 Disabled people are not “those people” Disabled people are not “those people”. They are our ourselves, or our friends, or our loved ones.
33 Interviewing People With Disabilities During job interviews:Ask only job-related questionsDo NOT ask about the disabilityYou can ask about job accommodationsduring the interview
34 Assistive or Adaptive Technology Talking /Braille ComputersSpeech AmplifiersMobility Devices508 ComplianceThere are appliances that can help a disabled person do their jobs.
35 Importance of: Readers Sign Language Interpreters Service Animals There are other ways to help
36 American Indian/Alaska Native Emphasis Program Tanya Meyer-DideriksenProgram Manager
37 Program ActivitiesIncrease the total number of American Indians and Alaska Natives applying for positions with Iowa NRCSProvide a network of professional support for American Indians and Alaska Natives in NRCSPromote cultural diversity awareness
38 Program ActivitiesEncourage participation of American Indian and Alaska Natives in all NRCS programs and activitiesEstablish and maintain effective relationships with American Indian and Alaska Native organizations and groups.
39 Over 20 Tribes Lived in Iowa Historically MoingwenaOmahaOsageOttwawaOtoePawneePeoriaPoncaPotawatomiSacSahnishSiouxWinnebagoChippewaDakotaDelawareFoxHidatsaHo-ChunkIllinoisIowaKickapooMandanMeskwakiMissouria
40 Today, one tribe is federally recognized in Iowa. Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in IowaThe tribe self identifies as the Meskwaki Nation.
41 The Omaha and Winnebago tribes are federally recognized in Nebraska and also have a land base in western Iowa, along the Missouri River.
43 Asian Pacific Islander Program Angela BiggsProgram Manager
44 APIs are Americans of Asian or Pacific Islander descent APIs are Americans of Asian or Pacific Islander descent. Can you name a country/island?
45 US Census List (28 Asian/19 PI) New Hebrides Is.OkinawanPakistaniPapua New GuineanPolynesianPonapeanSamoanSikkimSingaporeanSolomon IslanderSri LankanTahitianTarawa IslanderThaiTokelauanTonganTrukeseVietnameseYapeseBangledeshiBhutaneseBikini IslanderBorneonBurmeseCambodianCarolinianCelebesianCeremCernamChamorro (Guam)ChineseCosmopolitanEniwetok Islander EurasianFijianFilipinoHawai’ianHmongIndianIndochineseIndonesianIwo-JiwanJapaneseJavaneseKoreanKwajalein IslanderLaotianMalayanMaldavianMariana Is.(Saipan & Tinian)Marshall IslanderMelanesianMicronesianMienMongolianNepali
46 Program ObjectivesEncourage API participation in programs and activitiesProvide network of professional support for API employeesIncrease the total number of API’s applying for positions with Iowa NRCSPromote cultural diversity awareness
47 What’s in it for you? API Resources Facts and cultural information Training opportunitiesTranslation Services (Limited)Opportunity to increase your awareness
48 API Statistics (from US Census) As of 2000 – 3.6% - 4.2% of population (12 million)Fastest growing racial group in US (95% increase from ’80 to ’90 and 48% since ’90)Est. by out of 10 Americans will be of API descent
49 Civil Rights IssuesWe’ve covered a lot of ground in a short time.
50 Civil Rights Review What the committees do Committee Makeup Special Emphasis ProgramsWho they report toWhy their work is important to you
51 Your future questions can be answered either on the web, by talking with your Civil Rights or Federal Women’s Program Representative, your supervisor, or by talking with a special emphasis program manager. There is also the human resources department. So each of us has a lot of options to get information and do the right thing.Contact Information
52 Are there any questions I can try to answer for you now? Sunset on Guam.Photo by Angela Biggs.