About

Staff Up Congress’ mission is to increase the number of qualified and talented staffers of color that desire to put their skills to work on behalf of the American people in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. This nonpartisan initiative will grow the pool of candidates for senior positions; develop candidates’ skills and networks; build a sustainable pipeline of candidates from the entry level to Chief of Staff; and persuade hiring managers to actively consider, recruit and hire candidates in an inclusive manner.






Senior Management Academy

The Staff Up Congress Senior Management Academy is an eight-session senior management professional development program, with an emphasis on enhancing the ability of staffers of color to effectively pursue Chief of Staff positions.



Senior Academy registration is currently closed.





Legislative Academy

The Staff Up Congress Legislative Academy is an eight-session leadership program, with an emphasis on enhancing the ability of staffers of color to effectively pursue Legislative Director positions. During the Academy, bicameral, bipartisan, and experienced current and former staffers will educate participants on best practices in various relevant areas.




Legislative Academy registration is currently closed.






Communications Academy

The Staff Up Congress Communications Academy is a seven-session communications professional development program, with an emphasis on enhancing the ability of staffers of color to effectively pursue Communication Director positions. During the Academy, bicameral, bipartisan, and experienced current and former staffers will educate participants on best practices in various topics, including: writing in your member’s voice; booking your member on TV and radio; working with internal and external stakeholders; working with reporters; crisis communications; and communications planning for dropping a bill.






Resources


Best Practices for Fostering a Diverse and Inclusive Workplace in Congress

Inclusion Means Success: Why every Congressional office should cultivate staff diversity




Contact

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