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New Joint Center Report Finds People of Color Are Significantly Underrepresented in U.S. Senate Committee Top-Level Positions

Most U.S. Senate Committee Chairs and Ranking Members Fail to Hire Top Staff That Reflects U.S. Diversity Today, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies released Racial Diversity Among Senate Committee Top Staff, a report revealing a lack of racial diversity among top staff in Senate committee offices. The report found that while people of color account…

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Senators Hirono, Luján & Warnock Have Most Diverse Staff; Over 27 Percent of Senate Democratic Committee Offices Have No Black Staff

Joint Center Ranks Senators Based on 2021 Senate Democratic Diversity Data WASHINGTON — The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies commends Senate Democrats for releasing their fifth annual survey on racial, ethnic, gender, and sexual orientation/gender identity diversity of their staff. To date, Senate Republican offices have not released staff demographic data. Our analysis includes over 20 graphics detailing…

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Joint Center Releases New Data on Expanding Broadband in the Black Rural South

WASHINGTON — Today, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies released an issue brief summarizing the challenges and solutions in expanding broadband in the Black Rural South (Southern rural counties with populations that are 35 percent Black or higher). In the issue brief, Joint Center Technology Policy Director Dr. Dominique Harrison found that 38 percent of African Americans…

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The Joint Center Commends Senator Booker for Hiring Leah Hill as Legislative Director

Hill is One of Only Six Black Senate Legislative Directors WASHINGTON — Today, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies commends U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) for hiring Leah Hill (pictured right) as legislative director in his personal office. Hill is one of six current Black legislative directors in the U.S. Senate. Jasmine Dimitriou (Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL)), Josh…

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Dr. Alex Camardelle Joins Joint Center as Director of Workforce Policy

WASHINGTON – The Joint Center is excited to announce Dr. Alex Camardelle has joined the team as Director of our Workforce Policy Program. Dr. Camardelle will lead the Joint Center’s work in centering Black workers in policy debates concerning the future of work, workforce development, and access to good jobs. “We are excited to have…

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Strong Black Support for Shalanda Young for OMB Director

WASHINGTON — Today, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies submitted a letter signed by nearly 30 Black organizations calling for President Joe Biden to nominate Shalanda Young for Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget. “As organizations that serve Black communities, we take great pride in strongly encouraging you to nominate…

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Mourning the Passing of Joint Center Co-Founder Vernon Jordan

Vernon Jordan, Dorothy Height, Joe Allbritton, and Rev. Jesse Jackson at a Joint Center event.   The Joint Center mourns the passing of Vernon Jordan, a civil rights icon and lawyer, former president of the National Urban League, and close advisor to President Bill Clinton. Mr. Jordan was also one of the founders of the Joint…

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