U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (OASCR) Deputy Assistant Secretary Frederick Pfaeffle Arana makes opening remarks at the National Civil Rights Conference, “21st Century Civil Rights: Integrity. Integration. Innovation. Initiative” at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. The USDA and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sponsor this interactive training event that features voices of experience, research, discussions, and thought-provoking dialogue. Workshop, Panel and Town Hall sessions will feature representatives from federal and local governments, tribes, community groups, business and industry, public interest groups, academia, and other entities. The integrative forum will provide conference participants an opportunity to network with colleagues representing a variety of interests who are from diverse organizations. Conference participants will accrue informative and productive resources that can support their individual program goals and objectives. We wish every conference participant a productive and positive experience through innovation and collaboration. USDA photo by Lance Cheung.