The Diversity and Inclusion at the Department of State Act H.R.4589/S.3426 establishes the senior level position of Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer to advocate for diversity within the State Department. This bill also establishes the Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council accountable for implementing diversity and inclusion initiatives.
The bill changes promotion practices to improve retention and fairness, establishes a formal mentoring program for civil and foreign service members, and expands offerings of the Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program.
Coalition of Supporters
Along Inclusive America, the following organizations have shared support for the Diversity and Inclusion at the Department of State Act.
House Democrats reintroduce bill addressing diversity at State Department — July 21, 2021
The Hill covers an effort by House Democrats on legislation aimed at codifying efforts to improve diversity and inclusion at the State Department.
Congressman Castro Introduces Comprehensive Bill to Promote Diversity and Inclusion at the U.S. Department of State — July 21, 2021
Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on International Development, International Organizations, and Global Corporate Social Impact re-introduced the Diversity and Inclusion at the Department of State Act. This legislation establishes a senior-level office of the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer to advocate for diversity within the Department and changes promotion and other practices to improve retention and equity.