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Outreach, Diversity & Equal Opportunity (ODEO)
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Welcome to the PA website for Outreach, Diversity & Equal Opportunity (ODEO). The Plains Area values the diversity of our employees, and embraces the full spectrum of diversity. If you are a current employee, an applicant for employment, a student looking for temporary employment, or someone just wanting to learn more about PA and diversity, the links contained on this page should prove to be very useful. Direct questions about information on this site to Jessica Loggins ( or Debra Owens-Coleman (

Additional information and current job openings can be found on our PA Careers page.

PA MD 715 Executive Summary

ARS MD 715 Executive Summary

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Helpful Links:

  • Hispanic Serving Institutions (HACUs) *
  • Tribal Colleges (TCUs) *
  • Organizations:
    • American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) is the collective spirit and unifying voice of our nation’s Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs). AIHEC provides leadership and influences public policy on American Indian higher education issues through advocacy, research, and program initiatives; promotes and strengthens Indigenous languages, cultures, communities, and tribal nations; and through its unique position, serves member institutions and emerging TCUs.
    • Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) is a national society that welcomes membership of people of all racial and ethnic group participation in agricultural and related sciences careers. MANRRS members are encouraged to be full participants in other professional societies for their basic disciplinary and career interests. However, MANRRS attempts to provide networks to support professional development of minorities.
    • Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) is a society of scientists dedicated to advancing Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in science. We are a national nonprofit organization of individuals and organizations interested in quality science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) research, teaching, leadership, and policy.
  • USDA Scholarship Programs - ARS participates in the three USDA scholarship programs: USDA 1890 National Scholars Program; USDA 1994 Tribal Scholars Program; USDA Public Service Leaders Scholars (PSLS); William Helms Scholarship Program (WHSP—for APHIS PPQ); and Saul T. Wilson, Jr. Scholarship Program (STWJS—for APHIS)

Sharepoint Links:

 Diversity Picture

Careers in the PA

PA Diversity Task Force

Voices Publication




For States: MT, WY, ND, SD, CO, NE, KS

  • Jessica Loggins - Southeast Area ODEO Program Manager
    950 College Station Road
    Athens, GA 30605-3632
    PH: 706-546-3614
    FAX: 706-546-3398

For States: NM, TX, OK

  • Debra Owens-Coleman - Program Analyst
    Room 3913-S
    1400 Independence Ave, SW
    Washington, DC 20250
    PH: 979-260-9416
    FAX: 979-260-9415

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ODEO-Related Employee Resources:

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
    • Employees who are experiencing personal or work-related problems can seek help to resolve those problems with a professional counselor through the Employee Assistance Program.  Problems relating to family/relationships, workplace issues, personal/emotional, alcohol/drugs, health, and behavioral can all be addressed through counseling.  Employees can call the EAP program at any time: 1-800-222-0364, or TTY 1-888-262-7848 to make an appointment with a counselor.  No referral is necessary, and services are confidential. 
    • Supervisors may also contact the EAP for assistance with resolving workplace problems, and supervisors can also refer employees to the EAP.
    • EAP Links:
  • Cooperative Resolution Program
    • The Cooperative Resolution Program (CRP) offers Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) along with other strategies and techniques to address conflict with a proactive, preventative and problem-solving approach. Services from CRP are available to all REE employees. The April 2011 edition of VOICES has two articles on the CRP.
  • Civil Rights Complaint Process
    • Employees and applicants for employment who believe they have been subjected to employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age (if 40 or over), disability, reprisal (for prior participation in an EEO activity or having opposed discrimination), political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, or genetic information, have the right to file an EEO complaint. Contact with an EEO Counselor must occur within 45 days of the date of the alleged discriminatory act, event, or in the case of a personnel action. Employees in ARS should contact the ARS Office of Outreach, Diversity, and Equal Opportunity (ODEO) and ask to speak to an EEO Counselor: 202-720-6161, 202-720-3410, 800-340-4289, or TDD: 202-720-3303. Employees can also contact Jessica Loggins, Southeast Area ODEO Program Manager for information, at 706-546-3614 or Debra Owens-Coleman Program Analyst at 979-260-9416.
  • REE P&Ps and Manuals (PDF)

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Resources for PA Recruiters & Potential Employees:


Adobe Acrobat (PDF) Documents:

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  • PA Online Civil Rights Training Modules
    • Note: The following presentations and quizzes have been designed for use by USDA - ARS employees only.  Any other use is at your own risk. For information regarding the training itself, please contact your training coordinator. For information regarding the quizzes, please contact the Webmaster.
    • Please Select a Module From the list below:
      (If prompted, choose "Open")
    • When you have completed a quiz, print out the Results Page and give it to your Training Coordinator.
  • AgLearn *
  • USDA Graduate School *

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Resources for Hiring People with Disabilities:

  • Reasonable Accommodations Brochure (PDF)
  • ARS P&P 122.2 - Reasonable Accommodation Procedures
  • EARN – Employer Assistance and Resource Network for recruiting people with disabilities:
    • This organization is a partnership with the US Department of Labor and Cornell University and provides job listings as well as on-line resumes of job seekers.
    • The web page is:
  • WRP – Workforce Recruitment Program – connects employers and job seekers and includes on-line resumes. 
    • Requires a simple and quick registration to access the resumes.
    • The web page is:
  • List of Vocational Rehabilitation Offices by state
  • Schedule A Presentation (MS PowerPoint)
  • OPM/MAX - OPM Shared List of People With Disabilities
    • Includes on-line applications from job seekers with disabilities who can be hired through Schedule A
    • See the PDF

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Resources for Hiring Veterans:

  • Veterans Employment Programs (PDF)
  • Vet Success website – Veterans Administration Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program (VR&E)

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ARS Special Emphasis Observances:

The following months have been designated as officially recognized Special Emphasis Observances by USDA. These observances (with the exception of April) are derived from the Special Emphasis Programs which have been designed to increase workforce participation among these populations. Many locations choose to celebrate each of these observances with pot luck meals, videos, speakers, presentations, sharing of recommended readings, and/or on-line resources, etc. In addition, some locations sponsor an annual diversity awareness day. The purpose of having some sort of dedicated event, or sharing of resources is to bring attention to these populations and their many contributions, as well as raise awareness among employees about a wide range of topics relating to diversity, culture, history, etc. The PA Diversity Bulletin Board has a number of resources relating to diversity in general along with materials relevant to each special emphasis month. (When accessing the PA Diversity Bulletin Board Sharepoint site, use the same user name and password used to access Outlook).

  • January: Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday
  • February:  Black History Month
  • March:  National Women’s History Month
  • April: USDA - Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day
  • May:  Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month
  • June:  National Gay and Lesbian Pride Month
  • September:  National Hispanic Heritage Month
  • October:  National Disability Awareness Month
  • November:  National American Indian Heritage Month

Other Significant Observances:

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No Fear, Civil Rights Policy Statements, and Related Documents (PDF):

No Fear Act Reports:

Diversity & EEO Policy Statements:

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Last Modified: 6/25/2015
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