The Biden Department for State has asked Congress to allocate an additional budget of $76 Million to fund initiatives relating to equity, diversity and inclusivity. The matter is described as a priority for national security.
In her role as chief officer for diversity and inclusion at the State Department, Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley testified before Congress on Tuesday morning, arguing the funds would allow her to hire new employees, monitor the racial and gender composition within the department and maintain records of employee reports concerning discrimination, harassment, and bullying.
In order to ensure that the Department’s foreign policy is as intelligent, creative and strong as it can be, we must have a diverse workforce.
Abercrombie-Winstanley’s office confirmed it had conducted an audit of State Department employees to acquire demographic data pertaining to “race, ethnicity, gender, disability status, grade, rank, and job series skill codes. “She said that her office intends to publish an annually report that tracks “trends” within department employees.
Republicans have condemned the initiative in a vehement manner. Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL), chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Accountability, criticized the initiative for “mandating” a division in the department.
While the office name is clever, it uses emotionally charged words — equity, diversity and inclusion — but does exactly the opposite of what America stands up for — the person or woman who is best suited for the position.
All federal agencies are required to form “equity teams” and release annual “action plans”. All federal agencies must form equity teams and release annual “action plan “. ”
A White House event called “Pride” featured dozens LGBT activists and influencers. Transgender Tik Tok influencer Rose Montoya caused outrage when she posed for a topless photo. A Biden spokesperson later denounced the move as “inappropriate and disrespectful”.