The Biden administration has sent tens of thousands of dollars to a Chinese company to train a U.S. consulate in China on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) policies, according to public grants.
The U.S. State Department in 2022 awarded $42,780 to Schouten Education Consulting, according to USASpending.gov. Schouten Education Consulting was given these funds to provide a “DEIA training workshop” to the U.S. Consulate General Guangzhou.
Schouten Education Consulting is part of Schouten China Co., based out of Beijing and Shanghai, which describes itself as “market leaders in soft power, team performance, and leadership development,” according to the company’s website.
Many industries quickly made DEI initiatives a priority and hired chief diversity officers following the death of George Floyd in 2020. Under 50% of companies in the S&P 500 had chief diversity officers in 2018, but over 75% of companies had such a position by 2022.
In 2021, President Joe Biden signed a DEI executive order that would advance opportunities for “people of color; women; first-generation professionals and immigrants; individuals with disabilities; LGBTQ+ individuals,” according to the White House.
“In 2007 Schouten China entered the Chinese market and introduced soft skill training and assertiveness in China,” Schouten’s website states. “We started with delivering training for multinationals in English and educated Chinese trainers in our way of training: experiential learning… together with our team, we serve clients all over China.”
The consulate is an extension of the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, which provides services such as issuing U.S. passports and visas, and also seeks to “promote the diplomatic goals of the United States government,” according to the consulate’s website.
“The U.S. Consulate continues to strive to more effectively meet the needs of American citizens and U.S. companies, as well as promote the diplomatic goals of the United States government,” the consulate’s website states. “Much as Guangzhou has acted as the world’s window into its most populous country, so the Consulate will continue to serve as America’s link to South China.”
The White House, State Department and Schouten China did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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