House Leader Nancy Pelosi Pushes for Staff Diversity:On Wednesday, June 14, 2017, Leader Pelosi announced that the Democratic Caucus will take steps to increase staff diversity. The Caucus will launch a House Democratic Diversity Initiative with a full-time staffer who will work to identify and place diverse candidates. It will also develop guidance for Members’ offices on how to implement a version of the “Rooney Rule” (which required NFL teams to interview qualified minority candidates for head coaching vacancies).
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Bipartisan Leadership Pushes for Accessible Congressional Internships:Congressmen Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Fred Upton (R-MI) are co-chairing the Congressional Host Committee of College to Congress, a bipartisan nonprofit organization that helps socioeconomically-disadvantaged college students secure congressional internships. The organization, which includes HBCU representation on its Board, provides need-based scholarships to Pell-Grant recipients and pairs student participants with mentors. This is an important step toward increasing Hill staff diversity because internships can often result in jobs.
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Senator Cortez-Masto Taking a Leading Role in Democratic Diversity Initiatives:Sen. Cortez-Masto is meeting with women of color on the Hill to create more strategies to increase diversity in Democrats’ offices. Joint Center Black Talent Initiative Director Don Bell sat down withPoliticoto discuss this effort.
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CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion:More than 150 CEOs of leading companies and organizations have committed to advancing workplace diversity and inclusion, including CEOs of American Electric Power, American Express, Ariel Investments, AT&T, Bank of America, Coca Cola, DTE Energy, Eli Lilly, Exelon, FirstEnergy, Home Depot, Johnson & Johnson, MasterCard, PepsiCo, TIAA, T-Mobile, Viacom, and Walmart.