Diversity and Inclusion at the Department of State Act

Former ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley speaks after Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced she would become the first chief diversity officer, in the Benjamin Franklin Room of the State Department, Monday, April 12, 2021 in Washington. (Mandel Ngan/Pool via AP)

The Diversity and Inclusion at the Department of State Act (H.R.4589) 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.

Bill Co-Sponsors

Coalition of Supporters

Along Inclusive America, the following organizations have shared support for the Diversity and Inclusion at the Department of State Act.

News

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.