To advise and educate ARS managers, supervisors and employees on strategies and opportunities to increase workforce diversity and equal opportunity.
To meet national targets/goals on diversity set by the executive branch, the department of Agriculture and the agency (ARS).
To increase ARS visibility through outreach activities.
Determine the current needs of the location relative to meeting diversity targets.
Identify local, state, and national programs that can provide support in hiring and training minority individuals.
A minimum of ten members from whom the President and Vice-president are elected. The Secretary/Treasurer is a volunteer.
Members are designated by the research leaders - three per unit and one member from the Administrative Office. In addition to the 10 appointed members, volunteer members have voting rights upon approval by the committee.
Meetings are open to all employees.
Six attending members will form a quorum for voting purposes.
If a quorum is not achieved, voting by email is allowed.
No term limits.
Members may request to be removed from the committee during the December quarterly meeting.
Both incoming and outgoing members will attend the March meeting.
Election of officers will occur at the March meeting.
Held quarterly in December, March, June, and September. Time, date, and location announced at the preceding meeting.
Purpose is to recognize employees at the Corvallis location for exemplary achievements in promoting a diverse workplace free from discrimination, harassment, and retaliation; and for their demonstrated commitment to workforce diversity through actions that clearly exceed responsibilities of their positions or assignments in ARS.
Research leaders from each unit will nominate one individual for the annual award and every employee can submit a nomination as well. A volunteer award panel will choose the award winner from the nominees.