The Joint Center organized four letters signed by 70 civil rights and advocacy groups addressed to new and returning members of Congress urging them to hire racially diverse people in their personal office top and key mid-level staff positions.
In the letters, one addressed to incoming and returning House members and the other addressed to incoming and returning senators, we recommended to: 1). Adopt a diversity plan; 2). Use the Bipartisan House Diversity and Inclusion Office as a resource or support the establishment of the Bipartisan Senate Diversity and Inclusion Office; 3). Work with the Tri-Caucus Staff Associations; 4). Engage the Tri-Caucus nonprofit organizations and other organizations similarly focused on diversity in government; and 5). Work with the Tri-Caucus Staff Associations which maintain databases of strong, diverse talent.
Signees include 1882 Foundation, Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE), Advancement Project, Advocacy Blueprints, African American Mayors Association, American Counseling Association, American Society of Association Executives, Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS), Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC), Becker Lawyers, Black Men on the Hill (BMH), Black Voters Matter Fund, Black Women’s Congressional Alliance (BWCA), Black Women’s Health Imperative, Chinese American Citizens Alliance DC, Color Of Change, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF), Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), Congressional Management Foundation (CMF), D&P Creative Strategies, Demand Progress Action, Democracy Fund Voice, Diversity in Government Relations Coalition, Inclusive America, Issue One, Japanese American Citizens League, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, League of Women Voters of the United States, MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund), MANA, A National Latina Organization, Miller Wenhold Association Management, Miller-Wenhold Capitol Strategies, MOB Advocacy, NAACP, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), NALEO Educational Fund, National Action Network (NAN), National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse, National Association of Investment Companies, National Black Justice Coalition, National Black Worker Center, National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (CAPACD), National Disability Rights Network (NDRN), National Institute For Lobbying & Ethics, National Medical Association, National Urban League, Network Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates, Partnership for Public Service, Pay Our Interns, Pride at Work, Public Knowledge, Representative Democracy, Rulon &White Governance Strategies, Senate Black Legislative Staff Caucus, South Asian Fund For Education Scholarship and Training Inc, Southeast Asia Resource Action Center, Southern Rural Black Women’s Initiative for Economic and Social Justice, State and Federal Communications, Inc, TESOL International Association, The Almond Group, The Madison Group, LLC, Tiye Hayes Health, TOWER 19, University of California, Riverside, Washington Government Relations Group, Women in Government Relations (WGR), Women’s Congressional Staff Foundation, and Working IDEAL.