The new employee will report directly to the Secretary of State and deal with socio-cultural diversity and equal opportunities for minorities.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced that the position of Chief Specialist on ethnic and socio-cultural diversity would be created in the US State Department. This will help make the diplomatic corps represent more segments of the population, as part of a promise made by President Joe Biden to work to eliminate racial divisions in society.
The Chief Specialist on Sociocultural Diversity and Equal Opportunity will report directly to the Secretary of State, Blinken said in a statement. The message does not specify who will be appointed to this position.
In the past year, diversity, equality, and racial justice have been high on the national agenda. This was helped by the death of a black man, George Floyd, in May, after years in which African-Americans often died undeservedly at the hands of police officers and the subsequent national and global protests that highlighted the systematic bias against minorities that exists in many American institutions.
“The State Department is honored to represent the American people around the world. To do this well, we need to hire and retain employees who truly reflect America,” Blinken said.