Washington, D.C., July 21, 2021: The Hill staff writer, Laura Kelly, covers a new effort made by House democrats to address diversity at the Department of State. 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 effort, supported by over more than two dozen co-sponsors, aims to strengthen the work of the new Chief Diversity and Inclusion officer.
According to Congressman Castro, “Our country’s diversity and heritage as a nation of immigrants is one of our greatest strengths, providing a competitive advantage over adversaries. The Diversity and Inclusion at the Department of State Act will increase accountability for retaining and promoting a diverse diplomatic workforce that both better reflects our values and also advances our interests around the world.”
Other organizations, including Inclusive America has also shared their support, with Co-Founder Mark Hanis sharing, “We need to ensure a more inclusive State Department – from interns and foreign service officers to Ambassadors and senior leadership – in order to ensure our foreign policy is successfully executed. By leaving segments of our people out of policymaking rooms, we leave out great policies.”
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