Civil Rights Leadership Team

Purpose and Responsibilities

The team provides training, education, and coaching in civil rights compliance and assures consistency and accountability in reporting of civil rights activities throughout the organization. The team’s purpose is to integrate civil rights activities into all educational programming and administrative functions in support of the purpose, vision, and values of Extension. Team members are expected to:

  • Have a thorough knowledge of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Titles VI and  VII and related laws, policies, procedures, and outreach activities.
  • Enhance Extension’s functioning in the areas of civil rights compliance, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Design and provide civil rights education and orientation to state, county and campus colleagues.
  • Serve on or lead a civil rights review day visiting team in counties.
  • Create and implement new procedures and approaches for the Extension civil rights program.
  • Serve as a civil rights resource for other groups, teams, committees, and initiatives in Extension to help align systems.

Current Team Members

Dominic Ledesma
Interim Director
Office of Access, Inclusion, and Compliance
Jackie Carattini
Family Living Educator
Wood County
Steve Chmielewski
Community Educator
Waukesha County
Annie Lisowski
4-H Youth Development Educator
Buffalo County
Mike Maddox
Master Gardener Program Director