Washington, DC (STL.News) Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken released the following statement:
The State Department has the honor of representing the American people to the world. To do that well, we must recruit and retain a workforce that truly reflects America. Diversity and inclusion make us stronger, smarter, more creative, and more innovative. And our diversity gives us a significant competitive advantage on the world stage. This is something that the President, the Vice President, and I firmly believe.
For these reasons, I am committed to bringing the diversity and inclusion (D&I) work already underway at the State Department to the next level. To make that happen, I am pleased to announce the creation of a new Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer (CDIO) position at State. The CDIO will align and advance D&I policies across the department, bring transparency to these initiatives, and hold senior leadership accountable on progress. Our goal is to incorporate diversity and inclusion into the Department’s work at every level. And in a signal of my personal commitment to this work, the CDIO position will report directly to me.
Building a diverse and inclusive culture cannot only be a top-down effort.