The mission of Greater Public is to ensure the long-term wellbeing of public and independent media. We give public media fundraisers the tools and confidence to support their organizations and move their careers forward. As leaders and innovators, we celebrate the demonstrated reality that equitable and inclusive organizations get better results, and that working toward racial justice is essential to fulfilling our mission of public service. Greater Public welcomes and affirms the whole, authentic self of each member of our team, regardless of age, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, ethnicity, and perspective.
We aspire to create an equitable and inclusive workplace.
We are committed to:
- Recognizing the practices of equity, inclusion, and racial justice as essential to our mission and to the future of public media.
- Investigating unquestioned or subconscious assumptions that reinforce white supremacy and undermine inclusiveness.
- Acknowledging and dismantling inequities within our policies, practices, and services.
- Practicing and encouraging transparent communication and deep listening in all interactions.
To demonstrate these core values, Greater Public is engaged in the following activities:
- Centering diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion at the core of our work
Our internal diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) team is led by our CEO, Joyce MacDonald, and includes leaders and staff from across our organization, as well as Equity and Inclusion Advisor, Consuela Steward, who partners with us weekly to help guide our activities.
- Creating safe space and building community
We have launched Our Hour: A Gathering for BIPOC in Public Media as a monthly town-hall gathering focused on connection and empowerment for public media Professionals of Color. BIPOC professionals can join here.
We’ve collaborated with Current, Public Radio Program Directors, and Public Media Journalists Association on the Building Resilience series of webinars, and we will continue to produce regular webinars focusing on equity and inclusion.
We convened an affinity group for fundraisers of color at PMDMC 2018 and 2019.
We have solicited and are publishing examples of organizations’ diversity, equity, and inclusion work from across the public media system.
- Evaluating the whiteness of our own content
We have completed an authorship inventory audit of all Greater Public content including our blog posts, PMDMC speakers, and webinar presenters. To elevate BIPOC voices in each of our content areas, we’ve developed an internal sourcing resource to highlight the knowledge and expertise of professionals outside our familiar networks and set internal accountability for ongoing contributions to this resource.
- Identifying and resolving our blind spots
We are working with Swafia Ames, Managing Director, People, Strategy & Inclusion at Brighter Strategies to benchmark the equity and inclusiveness of our own hiring and contracting, content sourcing, policies and procedures, and to advise on setting aggressive goals and commitment to evaluation for 2021.
This work is active and is ongoing; there is much that remains to be done. By being transparent about our own actions, we at Greater Public hope to be in solidarity with the entire public media system about what a sustained, impact-focused commitment to DEI looks like: It is not an arrival point for an organization but a commitment to demonstrating core values over time.