The Biden administration has sent tens of thousands of dollars to Chinese companies to train the US Consulate General in China on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) policies, according to public grants.
The US Department of State has awarded Shouten Education Consulting $42,780 in 2022. according to Go to USASpending.gov. Schouten Education Consulting was awarded these funds to deliver a “DEIA Training Workshop” to the US Consulate General Guangzhou.
Shoten Education Consulting is part of the Beijing and Shanghai-based Shoten China Company, which describes itself as a “market leader in soft power, team performance and leadership development”. according to to the company website.
After George Floyd’s death in 2020, many industries quickly made DEI efforts a priority and hired chief diversity officers. Fewer than 50% of companies in the S&P 500 had a chief diversity officer in 2018, but by 2022 more than 75% of companies will have such a role. .
In 2021, President Joe Biden signed a DEI executive order promoting opportunities for “people of color.” women; first-generation professionals and immigrants; individuals with disabilities. LGBTQ+ Individuals,” according to to the White House.
“In 2007, Schauten China entered the Chinese market and introduced soft skills training and assertiveness to China,” Schauten’s website states. “We started by providing training in English for multinational companies, then educated Chinese trainers with our training method, experiential learning…We together with our team serve clients across China We are offering.”
I am proud to speak with the excellent staff of the Guangzhou Consulate General, led by Consul General Lisa Heller. They help more than 20,000 US citizens in southern China, run the world’s sixth largest immigrant visa processing office, and help US businesses compete here. pic.twitter.com/usa7cIYjZg
— Ambassador Nicholas Burns (@USAmbChina) March 2, 2023
The consulate general is an extension of the U.S. embassy in Beijing and will provide services such as issuing U.S. passports and visas, as well as “furthering the U.S. government’s diplomatic goals,” according to its website. It is said that there is (Related: ‘Out of Control’: Diversity efforts explode in top federal court offices in 2022)
“The U.S. Consulate General will continue to strive to more effectively meet the needs of U.S. citizens and U.S. businesses as well as further the diplomatic goals of the U.S. Government,” the consulate’s website states. “Just as Guangzhou has served as the world’s window to the most populous country, the Consulate General will continue to serve as a bridge between the United States and southern China.”
The White House, State Department and Schouten China did not respond to requests for comment.
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