A government representative of its people is better run, more meritocratic, and helps achieve equity. It creates and implements more inclusive policies and elevates a diverse set of role models. Leaders from diverse backgrounds often develop more creative insights, proffer alternative and comprehensive solutions and thus make decisions that better serve the American people.
We believe Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in Government is important because it leads to… :
A Representative Democracy
By 2040, the United States of America will be a minority-majority country. Yet, in 2018, 93% of the people running the federal government were White, and 80% of them were men. The current make-up of our government does not reflect the nation’s current or growing diversity, and also fails to fulfill our founding fathers’ constitutional promise of a nation that is “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” We are dedicated to leveling the playing field and advocating for a more representative democracy.
Higher Levels of Political Efficacy
Diversity, equity, and inclusion in government leads to an overall increase of political efficacy. Political efficacy is the belief that one’s civic participation leads to meaningful social change, further stabilizing our democratic processes. In fact, higher levels of efficacy correlates to an increase of voter turnout. According to the PEW Research Center’s 2016 Voter Analysis, nearly 35% of registered American non-voters “disliked candidates or campaign issues” or felt that their “vote wouldn’t make a difference.” We are passionate about addressing this unfortunate discrepancy and eliminating voter apathy.
Better Policies for All
The inclusion of underrepresented perspectives has been proven to develop better outcomes and policies. No one knows the needs of a community better than the people in it. A diverse pool of leaders brings with them a set of unique experiences, opinions, and thoughts on critical issues that help enhance our government’s ability to serve the needs of its entire population, especially historically disenfranchised communities. Laws and programs designed to address the issues impacting vulnerable communities, such as the disabled or people of color, oftentimes end up benefiting all of society, both socially and economically. We believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion in government are an integral part to bettering the welfare of our people.