In 2001, the Veterinary Services (VS) National Civil Rights Leadership Committee (NCRLC) announced the availability of $25,000 in special funding for Fiscal Year 2002, to support projects that enhance Equal Employment Opportunity and Civil Rights (EEO/CR) within the agency. Each proposal was required to demonstrate national scope and consistency with VS civil rights program objectives.
The Ag-Discovery outreach project was initially designed, administered, and submitted for funding consideration by F. Michelle McKee, an employee in the USDA/APHIS/VS/Mississippi Area Office. The three-week summer residential program effectively engaged 12-16 year-old culturally diverse underserved student populations, through hands-on experiential learning to increase their awareness of career opportunities in Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine. The first program facilitated twelve (12) student participants and was a collaborative effort between the USDA/APHIS/VS Mississippi Area Office, USDA/APHIS/PPQ and Alcorn State University.
The expected impacts of this type of program were:
How it all came about (pdf 35kb)