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OCRDI Director's Corner

Greetings APHIS Colleagues!

It’s amazing how the past provides so much wisdom for the future. 

John Donne, a seventeenth century English poet, and a great writer of English prose, pinned the quote, “No man is an island”.  I didn't really give John Donne’s quote a thought, until I began thinking about what to write in support of the OCRDI Civil Rights Communicator theme for the second quarter,” PARTNERSHIPS”.  None of us, be it individuals, governments, organizations, businesses, or processes can stand alone.  In order to exist, we need the support of, or interaction with someone or something.  In other words, intended or not, everything we do involves participating with another person or activity, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary’s definition of a partner.

An effective civil rights, diversity, and inclusion program cannot exist without partnerships between, employees, supervisors, customers, policies, and regulations.  An example of the partnership between employees and their supervisor is the annual performance plan.  Employees sign a contract with his or her supervisor to perform major activities at a level the will help their organization achieve its goals.

Public Law 88-352 (78 Stat. 241), The Civil Rights Act of 1964 (we are celebrating 50 years since its passage this year), 29 CFR 1614, and EEOC Management Directive MD-110 are an example of how laws, regulations and policies work together in partnership.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964  was passed by Congress to enforce the constitutional right to vote, to confer jurisdiction upon the district courts of the United States to provide injunctive relief against discrimination in public accommodations, to authorize the Attorney General to institute suits to protect constitutional rights in public facilities and public education, to extend the Commission on Civil Rights, to prevent discrimination in federally-assisted programs, to establish a Commission on Equal Employment Opportunity, and for other purposes.  29 CFR1614,Federal Sector Equal Employment, is a regulation partner of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This regulation/policy prohibits discrimination in employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability, and promotes the full realization of equal employment opportunity through a continuing affirmative action program in each agency.  The regulation also prohibits retaliation for opposing any practice made lawful by the Civil Rights and Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Equal Pay Act.

MD 110 was issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as guidance, and detailed procedure that must be followed when processing complaints of discrimination filed by Federal employees, and applicants for Federal employment, alleging employment discrimination under the amended 1614 regulations.  Just like the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Public Law 88-352 (78 Stat. 241), and EEOC’s MD 110, form a partnership to protect the rights of all Americans.  All of APHIS must partner to create a work place free of discrimination, and deliver APHIS programs in a non-discriminatory way.  The key is PARTNERSHIPS.  No individual, government, organization, business, law, regulation, or program is an island.

Sincerely,

            

 

OCRDI Office of the Director's Contact List
Name Title Telephone Number Email Address
Campbell, Krizia Program Specialist (202) 799-7172 krizia.campbell@aphis.usda.gov
Johnson, Kenneth Director (202) 799-7012 kenneth.e.johnson@aphis.usda.gov

 



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