FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 11, 2018
Tri-Caucus Staff Associations Statement on
The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies House Diversity Report
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Congressional Asian Pacific American Staff Association (CAPASA), Congressional Black Associates (CBA), Congressional Hispanic Staff Association (CHSA), and Senate Black Legislative Staff Caucus (SBLSC) issued the following statement after the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies released its report on diversity among staffers in the House of Representatives:
“This disconcerting report clearly shows that Members of Congress must do more to increase diversity and inclusion in their offices. The 115th Congress set a historical record for racial and ethnic diversity among Members in both chambers of Congress. It is imperative that the composition of Congressional staff reflects the changing demographics of our country.
“The Tri-Caucus Staff Associations have worked tirelessly to increase the number of staffers of color working in the House and Senate. We are committed to working hand-in-hand with each other and others to build a pipeline of diverse candidates to propel into senior-level positions, and we stand ready to work with any congressional office that is willing to make diversifying their workforce a top priority.”
Background of Each Organization:
The Congressional Asian Pacific American Staff Association (CAPASA) is a non-partisan congressional staff organization designed to provide you with opportunities to meet other Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders on Capitol Hill through professional development seminars, social networking events, and community service projects.
The Congressional Black Associates (CBA), is a non-partisan Congressional Staff Organization of the United States House of Representatives. The purpose of CBA is to enhance the political, social, and economic capabilities of Black Capitol Hill staffers through professional development, community service, and social networking opportunities.
The Congressional Hispanic Staff Association (CHSA) is an official, non-partisan, bicameral Congressional Staff Organization, recognized by the Committee on House Administration, whose mission is to recruit, retain, and advance Hispanic staffers in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. This year, CHSA is celebrating its 30th anniversary.
The Senate Black Legislative Staff Caucus (SBLSC) is a professional and social network for Black legislative staff employed by the United States Senate. Established in 1977 as a non-partisan, official staff organization, we strive to build a sense of community and support among African-American Senate staffers. Membership is open to all who are interested regardless of race, creed, ethnicity, sex, religion, sexual orientation or national origin.
The Tri-Caucus Staff Associations will host the first annual Tri-Caucus Staff Association week, entitled Securing the Dream, where our members will have the opportunity to learn from trailblazers on and off the Hill.
*** TRI – CAUCUS WEEK 9/17 – 9/21 ***