White House. As previously discussed, on June 13, 1997, President Clinton launched the President's Initiative on Race through which he asked all Americans to join him in a national effort to deal openly and honestly with racial differences. This year-long effort combined thoughtful study of government policies, constructive dialogue, and positive action to address the continuing challenge of how residents of the United States will live and work more productively as "One America" in the 21st Century.
The President convened an Advisory Board of seven distinguished Americans to assist him with the Initiative. The Advisory Board worked with the President to engage the many diverse groups,
The communities, regions, and various industries in this country. The President asked the Advisory Board to join him in reaching out to local communities and listen to Americans from all different races and backgrounds, to achieve a better understanding of the state of race relations in the United States. The Advisory Board also studied critical substantive areas in which racial disparities are significant, including education, economic opportunity, housing, health care and the administration of justice. Once the year-long effort was completed, the Advisory Board submitted a report to President Clinton concerning its findings and recommendations for creative ways to resolve racial disparities.
Based on the foundation laid by the Race Initiative and the Advisory Board's Report, President Clinton created the White House Office on the President's Initiative for One America in February 1999. The Initiative for One America is the first
free-standing office in the White House dedicated to the ongoing mission of ethnic, racial and religious reconciliation. The Office's director is an Assistant to the President, the highest staff-level position in the White House. The Initiative for One America promotes the President's goals of educating the American public about race, encouraging racial reconciliation through opening a national dialogue on race, identifying and advancing policies that can expand opportunities for racial and ethnic minorities, and coordinating the work of the White House and federal agencies to carry out the President's vision of One America.