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Images (l to r): Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK Birthday), George Washington Carver (African-American History Month), Elizabeth Cady Stanton (Women's History Monty), Ellison Onizuka (Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month), Bella Abzug (Women's Equality Day), Antonia Coello Novello (Hispanic Heritage Month), Thomas Edison (Disability Employment Awareness Month), Maria Tallchief (Native American Heritage Month), US Army photo (Veterans Day). All images used are public domain.
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JAN: Martin Luther King, Jr. FEB: African-American MAR: Women's History MAY: Asian American
          & Pacific Islander
JUN: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,
          & Transgender Pride
AUG: Women's Equality Day SEP: Hispanic Heritage OCT: Disability Employment
          Awareness & Diversity
NOV: Native American NOV: Veteran's Day
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National and AACRAC Sponsored Civil Rights Observances

2012 

January 16  
Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday (born Jan 15, 1929)    
   Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
February  
National African-American History Month    
   George Washington Carver _ African American History
March  
National Women's History Month    
   Amelia Earhart _ Women's History
April 19  
Holocaust Remembrance Day    
   Holocaust Remembrance Day _ Memorial Garden Sculpture
April 26  
USDA Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day    
   Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day
May  
National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month    
   Yao Ming _ Asian American and Pacific Islander Month
June  
USDA Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month    
   Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Month
August 26  
Women's Equality Day    
   Bella Abzug - Women's Equality Day
September 15 - October 15  
National Hispanic Heritage Month    
   Nancy Lopez _ Hispanic Heritage Month
October  
National Disability Employment Awareness Month    
   Disability Employment Awareness Month
November  
National Native American Heritage Month    
   Will Rogers _ Native American History
November 11  
Veterans Day (observed Monday, Nov 12)    
   Veterans Day


AACRAC 2012 Observance Schedule (PDF)


AACRAC Members

  Units represented:
          Corn Insects and Crop Genetics Research Unit (CICGRU)
          National Animal Disease Center (NADC)
          National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment (NLAE)
          North Central Regional Plant Introduction Station (NCRPIS)

CICGRU
Nicholas Lauter 515-294-8260 nick.lauter@ars.usda.gov

NADC
Kurt Zuelke - Director* 515-337-7201 kurt.zuelke@ars.usda.gov
Carol Moran - Advisor* 515-337-7558 carol.moran@ars.usda.gov
Darrell Bayles -
    Secretary
515-337-7165 darrell.bayles@ars.usda.gov
Jennifer Jones 515-337-7772 jennifer.jones@ars.usda.gov
Renae Lesan 515-337-7372 renae.lesan@ars.usda.gov
Tracy Nicholson 515-337-7349 tracy.nicholson@ars.usda.gov
Sue Perrin -
    Co-Chair
515-337-7328 sue.perrin@ars.usda.gov
Heath Stolee 515-337-7224 heath.stolee@ars.usda.gov

NLAE
Kelly Barnett -
    Chair
515-294-3762 kelly.barnett@ars.usda.gov
Elizabeth Douglass 515-294-0119 beth.douglass@ars.usda.gov
Rob Malone 515-294-8327 rob.malone@ars.usda.gov

NCRPIS
Robert Stebbins 515-294-3802 robert.stebbins@ars.usda.gov
* = nonvoting member Member's service schedule

AACRAC Member Photos
     Please note: Photos of new AACRAC members are not yet available.


Schedule of Observances

Month Observance / Supported Activities Committee Volunteers
October, 2011 National Disability Employment
Awareness Month
Darrell Bayles
APHIS contact: Julie Brockway
November, 2011 National Native American
Heritage Month
AACRAC Committee
APHIS contact:
Susan Dykshoorn
November, 2011 Veteran's Day
November 11
Rob Malone
APHIS contact: Julie Brockway
December 19, 2011
Special Guest Speaker
National Hispanic Heritage
Roy Juarez, Jr.
Sue Perrin
 
January, 2012 Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday
Observed January 16
Tracy Nicholson
APHIS contact: Janet Marquardt
February, 2012 National African-American
History Month
Robert Stebbins
APHIS contact: Janet Marquardt
March, 2012 National Women's History Month Beth Douglass
APHIS contact: Carissa Keeling
April 19, 2012 Holocaust Remembrance Day
(AACRAC supported activity)
Kelly Barnett
April 26, 2012 USDA Take our Daughters
and Sons to Work Day.
(AACRAC supported activity)
AACRAC Committee
ARS contact:
Susan Brockmeier
May, 2012 National Asian American and
Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Ranae Lesan
APHIS contact:
Yelitza Rodriguez
June, 2012 USDA Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual
and Transgender Pride Month
(AACRAC supported activity)
Sue Perrin
APHIS contact: Paul Osterholdt
August, 2012 Women's Equality Day
August 26
Tracy Nicholson
APHIS contact: Carissa Keeling
September, 2012 National Hispanic
Heritage Month
September 15 - October 15
AACRAC Committee
APHIS contact:
David Brinkmeyer


The Next Two Months

Month Observance / Supported Activity Committee Volunteers
January 16 Martin Luther King, Jr. Tracy Nicholson
APHIS contact: Janet Marquardt
February National African-American History Month Robert Stebbins
APHIS contact: Janet Marquardt