In an effort to increase diversity in the financial services industry, the House Financial Services Committee has passed H. Con. Res.140, the Financial Services Diversity Initiative. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Gregory W. Meeks, D-N.Y., specifically will: * Encourage financial institutions to promote workforce diversity, including partnering with organizations that focus on developing opportunities for minorities and women; placing youth in internships, summer jobs and full-time positions within the industry; and partnering with inner-city high schools and girls' high schools to establish financial literacy programs and provide mentoring. * Encourage financial institutions and federal and state financial institutions' agencies to attract and retain a diverse workforce by recruiting at women's colleges and colleges that serve minority groups; sponsoring and recruiting at job fairs in urban communities; and placing employment ads in media outlets oriented to people of color; and, * Require that active measures should be taken by employers and educational institutions to increase the demographic diversity of the financial services industry. Meeks cited a Government Accountability Office report on diversity within the financial services industry that said that "representation for minorities in the financial services industry still lagged behind reasonable numbers on all levels and for women in upper management levels exclusively."
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