North Central College in the News
North Central College political science professor quoted in The 19th
May 07, 2021
Suzanne Chod addressed President Biden having the most diverse administration
President Joe Biden promised to have a Cabinet that reflected the diversity of the country.
Alongside Kamala Harris, the first woman, Black person and person of South Asian descent to be vice president, Biden said last December before announcing some of his Cabinet nominees: “I promise you; you’ll see the most diverse Cabinet representative of all folks — Asian Americans, African Americans, Latinos, LGBTQ — across the board.”
In addition to the Cabinet, which includes the vice president and the heads of 15 executive departments, presidents fill roughly 4,000 politically appointed positions, including more than 1,200 that must be confirmed by the Senate.
Suzanne Chod, professor of political science at North Central College, was interviewed by The 19th where she discussed how true President Biden is staying to his promise to the American people.
“Prior to this administration, President Bill Clinton had the most diverse Cabinet when it comes to race and gender,” said Chod. Biden has been delegating quite a bit of responsibility to Harris and the Cabinet secretaries — giving them “real authority.” It’s not just enough to have someone in the literal room where decisions are made. It’s about that person’s voice being equal to everyone else in the room.”