Hill Diversity

Joint Center Joins WURD Radio to Discuss The Importance of Black Top Staff in Congress

Joint Center Senior Fellow of Diversity & Inclusion Dr. LaShonda Brenson appeared on WURD Radio’s Reality Check to discuss the importance of congressional staff diversity.

“If you think about Congress, a lot of the work that’s being done is usually being handled by top staffers,” said LaShonda referencing chiefs of staff, legislative directors, and communications directors. “So if we think about the moment that we’re in, in terms of Americans really wanting another stimulus package especially in Black communities…Black businesses suffering, Black workers suffering disproportionately, all of these policies work their way through Congress and Members of Congress need diverse staff, particularly Black staff, to advise them on how different legislation that might pass might impact our communities and so we need folks in these positions to advise Members accordingly.”

Listen to the full interview below.