ACES Commitment to Civil Rights

As leaders of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, we fully support the federal, state and institutional laws and policies regarding civil rights, equal employment opportunity, and diversity. We view civil rights as more than a series of laws. It is a foundational practice that assures our educational programs and employment opportunities are welcoming and open to all.

Our success in serving all people of Alabama requires the commitment of all ACES employees.

We will not tolerate any form of wrongful discrimination or reprisal. There exists no reason to wrongfully discriminate based on race, color, sex (which includes sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression), religion, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or genetic information.

We must be vigilant in reviewing our practices, and culture to prevent all forms of discrimination. To fully realize the goal of inclusion and tolerance, we ask for and expect each employee to demonstrate respect for and adherence to our civil rights, equal employment opportunity, and diversity policies.

We have asked ACES administrators to work with all employees and volunteers to assure that everyone understands how this commitment must be implemented. If you have questions, please visit with your supervisor. We must all strive to create an inclusive environment in which every employee is respected, trusted, and valued; and that each stakeholder knows they have full access to all of our programs.

Thank you for sharing our commitment!

Sincerely,

Dr. Gary Lemme, ACES Extension Director
Dr. Virginia Caples, 1890 Administrator