Join IOP Resident Fellow Aisha Moodie-Mills for a study group with Uber’s Global Head of Diversity, Bernard Coleman, to discuss diversity in politics.Littauer 163 (Faculty Dining Room), HKS America/New_York public
Despite the growing diversity of political candidates, campaign and Capitol Hill staffers are still overwhelmingly white and male. The lack of diversity on the Hill remains such a big problem that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi recently announced plans to develop a House diversity initiative to recruit and retain employees of different backgrounds. Democratic Presidential candidates are also striving to diversify their campaigns and campaign leadership, and even some rank and file Republicans are pushing for greater diversity within their caucus. Can we take any candidate seriously – especially a candidate for state-wide office or President – who’s campaign fails to reflect the full diversity of the constituents they seek to serve? Why does staff diversity even matter in this day and age of evolving demographics? And are there tangible policy and political outcomes that relate to the diversity of the team?