I am part of a company that presents trustworthy journalism, intelligent conversations, and inspiring art that includes images of Black resilience, hope and love. However, in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd, it was apparent there was much more our organization needed to do to be a catalyst for positive change in the world.
It is more important now than ever that WNET is an accessible source of dependable, quality content for its viewers.
When I was elevated to Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, I found myself in the unique position of being able to directly influence how The WNET Group sees, reacts, and amplifies equality, race and representation. This includes both internal decisions and in programming and initiatives we offer to our local and national communities.
Change can be good. It requires us to rethink our processes so that we may reinforce the foundation of what makes us a unique provider of public service. It allows for the opportunity to magnify new voices, perspectives and opinions.
One of my goals as CDEIO is to improve the ways we look at the diversity of our content, both what is being presented on screen and who is bringing it to life behind-the-scenes. We will standardize the way we measure diversity and thus bring equity to our programming, because we can’t improve what we can’t measure.
It’s hard to take a sober look in the mirror, but it’s essential work.
If we are to fulfill our mission of “Media with Impact,” deliver quality, educational and diverse content, and serve the manifold community we live in, then we need to hold ourselves accountable. The ability to see change in the world and embrace it is an important part of The WNET Group’s identity.
I look forward to building a more inclusive future for us all.
Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer
The WNET Group