Over the years I’ve gotten a lot of questions about diversity, equity and inclusion (eg: “Help! I just realized the panel I organized is all white men. Any suggestions about what I should do about it?” or “Looks like we’re not getting very diverse applications for our open call. Why is this happening?”). I’ve responded individually to these requests in the past, but given New Media Ventures’ commitment to transparency, I see an opportunity to share our observations and strategies more broadly with the field. We’re always looking to grow and know we have more evolving to do, so let us know how you have addressed issues of inclusion in your own work.
Before I dive in, I want to say there are no silver bullet solutions. In a society that systematically excludes and marginalizes, bringing new voices to the table requires a deep commitment to relationship building.