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.

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.

The Communications Academy registration is currently closed.

Legislative Academy

Staff Up Congress will help promote a more inclusive congressional workforce by providing professional development opportunities which will help staffers successfully pursue top positions in congressional offices, such as Legislative Directors, Communication Directors and Chiefs of Staff.

The Staff Up Congress Legislative Academy is the first of three professional development tracks to be offered, which will tackle dismal diversity rates in senior Hill staff by helping junior staff members of color become Legislative Directors.

Legislative Academy registration is currently closed.


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