Published on February 19th, 2013


GOP group’s goal: Get minorities to the Hill

From Booker Rising, a news site  for black moderates and conservatives:

Better late than never, but they must go beyond college students. Hopefully, the follow-through will be stellar. J.C. Watts will be heading up this effort. From Politico:

“A nonprofit launching this week aims to get more conservative minority staffers on the Hill and to help them climb the ladder once they’ve arrived. The group, called Insight, will start an internship program to help students of color get placed in Republican offices, host professional development events and provide networking opportunities. Former Rep. J.C. Watts (R-Okla.) will chair the initiative, which also plans to host an ongoing series of public policy forums on issues that affect ethnic minorities.”

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UPDATE: HHR just got this sent to us via email.


J.C. Watts Announces The Launch of INSIGHT America Nonprofit to Focus on Minority Policy Solutions and Leadership Development

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Former Congressman J.C. Watts today announced the creation of INSIGHT America, a 501(c)4 nonprofit organization that exists to empower communities though leadership development for current minority Capitol Hill staffers and to recruit the next generation of public policy leaders. Through its core programs, INSIGHT America will work to ensure that Congress reflects the diversity of the nation it represents. INSIGHT will support young professionals of color and the communities they represent with the training, network, and awareness needed to succeed in public policy.

“INSIGHT America is an organization that will empower communities of color with the principles of free markets, personal freedom and smart government,” said INSIGHT Chairman J.C. Watts. “As our nation becomes more diverse, we must open up a dialogue about policy solutions to problems within today’s minority communities and tomorrow’s America. INSIGHT will serve as a key part of this discussion by providing leadership development, networking opportunities, a public policy lecture series and a think tank that analyzes the impact of major legislative initiatives.”
INSIGHT will enjoy strategic alliances with the Black Republican Congressional Staff Association (President: Ja’Ron Smith, House Republican Study Committee), the Hispanic Conservative Congressional Staff Association (President: Mitzyn De La Rosa, Rep. Ralph Hall), Asian and Native American staffers and The Heritage Foundation. The founding Honorary Co-Chair Members of Congress include: Sen. Tim Scott, Sen. Rob Portman, Sen. Tom Coburn, Sen. Mike Johanns, Sen. Jeff Sessions, Rep. Jon Runyan, Rep. Steve Chabot, Rep. Spencer Bachus, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, Rep. Tom Cole, Rep. J. Randy Forbes, Rep. Jon Runyan, Rep. Jack Kingston, and Rep. Scott Rigell. The Honorary Co-Chairs will serve as advisors to the organization and participate in some of the programs.

The 2013 Core Programs:

Public Policy Forums – INSIGHT will host briefing events on various policy issues that impact today’s minority communities. The first event will be with Sen. Rob Portman on prison re-entry programs and recidivism. Other Honorary co-chairs such as Congressman Bachus and Senator Scott are slated to host briefings.

Internship Program – INSIGHT will coordinate an internship program that matches college students around the nation with internships in Republican Congressional offices.

Professional Development – INSIGHT will host forums that educate and empower public policy professionals,and inform legislative initiatives through input from the community.

Resource Base and Networking – INSIGHT will provide regular networking opportunities for public policy professionals.

J.C. Watts represented Oklahoma’s fourth district in Congress from 1995 until 2003. During his time in Congress, J.C. was elected chairman of the Republican Conference. Since his retirement, J.C. has founded and served as the chairman of the J.C. Watts Companies, a consulting firm in Washington D.C.


ADVISORY: In honor of Black History Month, INSIGHT ‘s official launch reception will take place on February 27th, at 6:30pm at the Heritage Foundation (214 Massachusetts Ave, NE, Washington DC, 20002). The press should RSVP to Executive Director Brandon Andrews (703-665-9226).
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