Since the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, the United States has witnessed the awakening of a national conversation on racial justice and equity, especially within our institutions. The January 2020 Government Accountability Office report on diversity in the Department of State found troubling patterns. For example, racial or ethnic minorities in State’s Civil Service were 4% to 29% less likely to be promoted than their white coworkers with similar education, occupation, or years of federal service.
The report concluded that the Department must reflect on “longstanding issues” that may contribute to barriers to equal opportunity in the foreign service. Joining us today to discuss these issues, is Ambassador Gina Abercrombie Winstanley.
Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley, a 30-year diplomat, was the longest-serving U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Malta. Through a series of senior positions that included advising the Commander of U.S. cyber forces on our foreign policy priorities, expanding our counterterrorism partners and programs as Deputy Coordinator for Counterterrorism, and coordinating the the largest evacuation of American citizens from a war zone since WW ll, her professional life has played out almost daily in international media.
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