The Joint Center organized a letter signed by over 35 civil rights groups addressed to Majority Leader Schumer (D-NY) urging his office to establish a bipartisan Senate Diversity and Inclusion Office. In the letter, we recommend the new bipartisan Senate Diversity and Inclusion Office be staffed by professionals with expertise in diversity who support both Democratic and Republican Members in identifying, recruiting, hiring, retaining, and promoting diverse talent. The Senate Office should also collect demographic data of staff, and analyze, disclose, and disaggregate the data by position and other factors. Further, the Senate Diversity and Inclusion Office should help the chamber as a whole, leadership offices, committee offices, and individual Member personal offices devise and implement strategies to improve diversity.
Signees include American Academy of Family Physicians, American Society of Association Executives, American Society of Landscape Architects, Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS), Augustus F. Hawkins Foundation, Black Voters Matter Fund, College to Congress, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), Demand Progress, Democracy Fund Voice, Forge Policy Solutions, Inclusive America, Issue One, MANA, A National Latina Organization, NAACP, NALEO Educational Fund, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), National Action Network (NAN), National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE), National Black Justice Coalition, National Black Worker Center Project, National Council of Negro Women, National Organization of Black County Officials (NOBCO), National Urban League, NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, Ohio Society of Association Executives, Ohio Society of CPAs, Pay Our Interns (POI), Pride at Work, South Asian Fund For Education, Scholarship and Training (SAFEST), TESOL International Association, The Almond Group, The Links, Incorporated, Washington Government Relations Group, and Women’s Congressional Staff Foundation.