Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) hosted her second Cafecito con Catherine as part of her mentorship series to discuss challenges faced by minority Congressional staffers in an effort to improve and help advance their career opportunities. In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Cortez Masto met with Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) congressional female staffers to hear their perspective and talk about their ideas. In March, Cortez Masto met with Latina Senate staffers to highlight the need for succession planning by partnering with organizations to ensure women and students of color have access to internship and employment opportunities in Congress.
“Minorities continue to be disproportionately represented in all areas of government and we need to openly talk about how we can open more doors,” Cortez Masto said. “There’s no better way than speaking directly to Congressional staffers and hearing about the unique challenges they face as they navigate their careers. I was pleased to hear from Asian American and Pacific Islander staffers and their ideas on how we can improve Congress’s diversity issues. As one of the fastest growing minority group in the country, there is still a terrible lack of representation among AAPIs in government and we must take an active role in making sure our government is as diverse as the people it represents.”