“As we fight the myriad repercussions of a global pandemic and also work to overcome inequality and heal deep societal wounds at home, I am reminded that we live in a world of challenges that know no international boundaries. Increasingly, we must work together – at home and abroad – to bring the peace and prosperity that defined the last 70 years to all of our citizens, regardless of their race, color, or creed. In doing this, we need to engage with our partners.” – Dr. Steven E. Sokol in response to the killing of George Floyd and the global protests against racism
The American Council on Germany, with the support of the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius, convened a German-American working group to discuss and explore diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility issues in a transatlantic context. To be more inclusive and to promote diversity in German-American affairs, the working group explored the underrepresentation of minorities in this field and developed recommendations for promoting diversity and inclusion in transatlantic affairs.
From September 2021 to March 2022, the group of 24 young professionals met virtually twice a month to parse the issues and develop policy recommendations to promote greater diversity to produce a policy paper on the critical importance of DEIA in transatlantic relations. The working group drew on the expertise of group members and external speakers from the United States and Germany to discuss the challenges facing communities of color and minority groups, including but not limited to LGBTQI+, individuals with disabilities, migrants, and experts in transatlantic relations.
This initiative builds on the 2019 series “Social Disruption: How to Confront the Fraying Social Fabric and Social Inequality in Germany and the U.S.?” in which the Council collaborated with the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin and Gerd Bucerius to facilitate exchange through a series of events in five U.S. cities. The ACG hosted discussions on political polarization, fragmentation of society, and growing social inequity on both sides of the Atlantic. The series continued in early 2020 with events focused on the digital divide and inequities in access to technology – and would have included additional events.
The working group represents young professionals in the public and private sectors with various backgrounds.
Click Here to read the policy paper.
Members of the group include:
Director of Justice Programs
Dyria Sigrid Alloussi
Policy and Strategic Communication
United Europe e.V.
San Diego, CA
American Jewish Committee – Dallas
Programme Manager – Financial and Programmes Unit
European Commission – Directorate-General Justice and Consumers
Erica J. Bolden
Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Engagement
Global Lead, Communications & Change Management
Merck KGaA Darmstadt
Senior Editor, The Row
Head of External Activation and Identity Management
Jacob Sebastian Eder
Professor of Modern and Contemporary History
Jamillia N. Kamara
Program Officer for Education
Head of Culture and Education
Public Diplomacy Desk Office for the West Balkans
U.S. State Department
Tania Mancheno Moncada
Lecturer at the Institute of Geography
Diversity and Inclusion Leader
Arnall Golden Gregory, LLP
Senior Manager, Children and Youth Initiative
Director, Global Development Programs
Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Rupert Rivera III
Timothy A. Rivera
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisor to the CEO
World Learning/School of International Training
Senior Policy Advisor, Secretary’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion
U.S. State Department
New York, New York
German-American Fulbright Commission
Paul J. Treadgold
Director, Corporate Policy and External Affairs
EMD Serono Inc.
This program is generously supported by: