Statement : State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
Chairwoman Barbara Lee Statement at Leading by Action: The Fierce Urgency for Diversity and Inclusion in the Foreign Policy Workforce HearingMarch 25, 2021 Statement
"For far too long, people of color have had a limited voice and limited opportunities to shape our country’s foreign policy. This chronic and entrenched lack of diversity and inclusion causes major challenges for our nation – at home and abroad. Lack of diversity among our workforce can lead to whole classes of issues—including systemic racism, poverty, inequality, climate justice—being disregarded. Without enough diversity in the people we hire and promote in our foreign policy workforce, we often face the troubling reality of groupthink."