How to talk to your bosses about diversity, and get it done
On the heels of the National Review article published earlier this week, the Washington Post published a piece by Paul Bunyan, the communications intern for the president’s transition team.
Bunyan writes that the Obama administration is committed to “making the country great again,” and that “diversity is a fundamental part of that.”
“We’re going to make America great again if we bring people together, and that includes people of different backgrounds and backgrounds of different races and ethnicities,” he writes.
“That means celebrating people who came before us, and celebrating people of all backgrounds.
That means standing up for people of color, LGBTQ people, women, and immigrants.
That includes making sure we don’t just build a wall and throw a lot of barriers in our way.”
While there is a general consensus in the news media that the country needs a more diverse workforce, Bunyan’s piece is the first time a White House official has made any explicit references to diversity in the administration.
According to the Huffington Post, the White House also made clear in their first statement on diversity, in 2013, that “there is no such thing as a ‘one size fits all.'”
However, in 2016, Trump signed an executive order directing the Department of Labor to prioritize hiring of people of diverse backgrounds, but it was not clear if the executive order included an explicit reference to diversity.
The Post reported that the Whitehouse had not responded to multiple requests for comment from The Huffington Post.
Bunyan is a graduate of Harvard and Yale Law School, as well as the University of Illinois.
His article is a continuation of a series by the Washington Examiner titled “10 things to know about diversity.”