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Equal Opportunity

The mission of the Equal Opportunity Staff (EOS) is to provide national leadership and guidance to ensure that NIFA and its state land-grant university partners receiving NIFA funds comply with federal nondiscrimination laws and related USDA departmental rules and regulations. Specifically, EOS ensures NIFA that state land-grant university partners comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination in federally assisted programs, and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination in federal employment practices.

Through on-site compliance reviews at state land-grant universities and collection of program and employment data, EOS ensures that recipients of research and extension programs have equal access to all program services. The compliance review produces information needed for EOS to submit civil rights reports to NIFA administration and U.S. Department of Justice on a regular basis. EOS also manages complaints filed by citizens who believe they have been discriminated against based on Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in the application of state programs funded by NIFA. This complaint management may involve EOS staff serving as primary liaisons with the USDA Civil Rights Office.

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Director: Curtiland (Curt) Deville

All Equal Opportunity Staff


Phone: 202-720-8070
Fax: 202-720-6954

Mailing Address:
Equal Opportunity Staff
1400 Independence Ave., SW., Stop 2296
Washington, DC 20250-2296

Express Mail:
Equal Opportunity Staff
Waterfront Centre
Room 1230
800 9 th St., SW.
Washington, DC 20024

Equal Opportunity Staff Factsheet