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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Beltsville Area Diversity Task Force


Subcommittee Descriptions and Chair Contact Information

The subcommittees of the BA Diversity Task Force collaborate on many activities and events. The list below gives some examples of the types of activities that each subcommittee focuses on. Contact information for the Task Force chair and subcommittee chairs is also provided.

BA Diversity Task Force Leadership Advisory Subcommittee
  • Making recommendations to the Beltsville Area Office concerning Best Hiring Practices aimed at increasing diversity in the BA work force
  • Hosting a symposium at which graduate students present their research and interact with BA scientists
  • Co-chairs - Monica Santin-Duran, 301-504-6774, Monica.Santin-Duran@ars.usda.gov and Tanya Zastrow, 202-245-4563, Tanya.Zastrow@ars.usda.gov
Science, Technical Education and Outreach Subcommittee
  • Educational outreach to local schools, particularly in underrepresented or inner city areas, with the goal of educating the next generation of scientists
  • Creating and maintaining a Student Discovery Garden that illustrates different science areas within the Beltsville Area
  • Chair - Ann Simpkins 301 504-6734, Ann.Simpkins@ars.usda.gov
Special Emphasis Subcommittee
  • Relaying to BA that our cultural diversity helps sustain the vibrancy of our research
  • Celebrating diversity through community service projects and outreach programs, as well as through cultural observances and educational programs for BA staff
  • Chair - Mary Ann Guaragna, 301-504-9424 ext. 260, MaryAnn.Guaragna@usda.ars.gov
Communications Subcommittee
  • Communicating BADTF initiatives to the Beltsville Area
  • Serving the internal communication needs of BADTF and its subcommittees
    • Assisting other subcommittees with writing, editing, or formatting tasks
    • Maintaining BADTF's SharePoint site
  • Co-chairs
    Cecilia Wilkinson Enns, 301-504-0345, Cecilia.Enns@usda.ars.gov
    Tasha Sprague, 301-504-5864, Tasha.Sprague@usda.ars.gov

Last Modified: 9/20/2013
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