Barack Obama is conducting his own affirmative action program to get more Muslims in the White House.
The move began with Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn, who took his oath of office with a hand on the Quran, to solicit the resume of what he considered to be the nation’s most qualified adherents of Islam.
According to the Denver Post, when White House officials heard about the program, it was put on overdrive.
So far, 45 Ivy League grads, Fortune 500 executives and government officials have been submitted for consideration.
J. Saleh Williams, program coordinator for the Congressional Muslim Staffers Association, sifted through more than 300 names as part of the search.
“It was mostly under the radar,” Williams said. “We thought it would put (the president) in a precarious position. We didn’t know how closely he wanted to appear to be working with the Muslim American community.”
With the transition to the 111th Congress, there will be many new job opportunities in the U.S. Congress. The Congressional Muslim Staffers Association (CMSA) is pleased to announce our call for resumes to be included in a CMSA Resume Book. It is an objective of the CMSA to increase diversity on Capitol Hill through the recruitment, retention and promotion of Muslims and people of color in staff positions throughout Congressional Offices and Committees.
Please carefully read the following directions to submit your resume into the CMSA Resume Book:
Eligibility for Resume Submission: Resumes are requested from individuals who:
· Are U.S. Citizens
Resumes must be submitted to [email protected] by Saturday, November 29th at NOON. Resumes should be no longer than two pages in length and display your full name and contact information on both pages. Please attach your resume to an email as a word document.
Congressional Positions: in the Subject heading of the email please include your full name followed by the position you are seeking.
Example: Subject: Fatimah Hassan, Legislative Director
If you are considering more than one position, please state your top choice in the subject heading and your preferences in order of “1st Priority” and “2nd Priority” in the body of the email.
Please note the following:
· The Congressional Muslim Staffers Association’s role is limited to the distribution of submitted resumes through the CMSA Resume Book.
· The Congressional Muslim Staffers Association will send the CMSA Resume Book to new Members of Congress, Committees, Leadership Offices, and other Congressional Member Offices and administrative offices in Congress (CAO, Clerks Office, Sergeant at Arms, etc.) upon request of such offices.
We look forward to your participation in this effort! Please send an email to [email protected] with any questions. To learn more about the CMSA, please read the One Nation feature “Muslims on Capitol Hill: Congressional Muslim Staffers Association” at http://www.onenationforall.org/content/view/438/102/ .
All the Best,
J. Saleh Williams, MPA
Program and Outreach Coordinator
Congressional Muslim Staffers Association