Table of Contents Table of Contents
Previous Page  41 / 116 Next Page
Basic version Information
Show Menu
Previous Page 41 / 116 Next Page
Page Background

THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

|

JUNE 2015

41

Introduction

To adequately represent the United States abroad, it is essential that the foreign affairs agencies have a workforce that reflects the rich

composition of its citizenry. This is a stated official priority, spelled out in the Foreign Service Act of 1980 and emphasized in the 2015 Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review for the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

There are more than a dozen recognized employee affinity groups at the State Department, as well as additional groups specifically

for members of the other foreign affairs agencies. These groups act to promote and strengthen diversity and inclusion in the foreign affairs

workforce. They network and cooperate with each other, and with the American Foreign Service Association, which is the exclusive bar-

gaining agent for the entire Foreign Service.

Management interacts regularly with the affinity groups to ensure fairness and equity for individuals in the work environment both

domestically and abroad, and to eradicate harassment, intolerance and discrimination wherever it may be found.

The four affinity groups featured in the following pages highlight the variety and scope of diversity issues and activity in the foreign

affairs agencies. We look forward to showcasing other groups and their unique programs in the coming months.

—The Editors

Making Inclusion Real

Affinity Groups

in Action

FOCUS

ON DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

Arab-Americans

in Foreign Affairs

Agencies