U.S. State Department creates position of diversity officer
Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday announced the creation of a State Department chief diversity officer, an effort to make the diplomatic corps more representative and part of President Joe Biden's pledge to work to heal U.S. racial divisions.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday announced the creation of a State Department chief diversity officer, an effort to make the diplomatic corps more representative and part of President Joe Biden’s pledge to work to heal U.S. racial divisions.
The diversity and inclusion officer will report directly to Blinken, according to a statement that did not say who would be named to the position.
Diversity, equity and racial justice rose to the top of the national agenda last year. The police killing of Black man George Floyd in May after years of such deaths sparked nationwide and global protests that highlighted systemic bias in many American institutions.
The police killing of Black (with a capital B!) man George Floyd... that highlighted systemic bias.
The Chauvin trial hasn't even begun yet but it sounds like we don't even need a trial since the media has already determined his level of guilt.
The move reflects a sea change from the administration of former President Donald Trump, who directed federal agencies last year to end programs deemed divisive by the White House. The State Department suspended all training programs for employees related to diversity and inclusion.
During Biden’s first days in office, the State Department resumed that training, and he promised more action to heal the country’s racial divide.
The new diversity officer will advance policies in this area and “hold senior leadership accountable on progress. Our goal is to incorporate diversity and inclusion into the Department’s work at every level,” Blinken said in a statement.