The National Federation of Community Broadcasters takes the issue of diversity, equity and inclusion seriously. Since its founding in 1975, NFCB has made racial justice central to its work. Our latest statement on Black Lives Matter and the death of George Floyd reaffirms our commitment.
The organization is pleased to announce events and initiatives aimed at expanding its leading efforts in this arena.
NFCB seeks to understand the needs of radio stations. To that end, NFCB has prepared a survey on diversity, equity and inclusion efforts at stations. Your opinion is needed about where a station you may work for or volunteer with is related to diversity, equity and inclusion. You may also wish to share assessments of what you feel the organization needs. The survey closes June 30. Share your thoughts here.
On July 2, NFCB will convene a conversation for member radio station staff and volunteers to discuss diversity, inclusion and equity priorities and local concerns. NFCB’s goal is two-fold: first, NFCB wishes to give stations a chance to discuss with peers what diversity, equity and inclusion are in reality in their communities; and second, to begin working with stations to create optimal dynamics for the best outcomes in these areas.
In addition, NFCB will convene a public webinar panel on Wednesday, July 8, to discuss this issue with stations and the wider community media space. Our panel features Lackisha Sykes Freeman, general manager of WNCU; Ken Ikeda, CEO of the Association of Independents in Radio; Sally Kane; Sachi Kobayashi, director of development, WXPN, and founder of the development professionals of color Facebook group; and Andrew Ramsammy, longtime public media inclusion organizer. Register here to attend/get reminders. Full announcement of the July 8 event will be available shortly.
What is diversity, equity and inclusion? These are the terms as defined by the Ford Foundation:
Diversity is the representation of all our varied identities and differences (race, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, tribe, caste, socio-economic status, thinking and communication styles, etc.), collectively and as individuals. We seek to proactively engage, understand, and draw on a variety of perspectives. We believe that the solution to the problems we hope to address through our grant making can be found by affirming our similarities, as well as by finding value in our differences.
Equity seeks to ensure fair treatment, equality of opportunity, and fairness in access to information and resources for all. We believe this is only possible in an environment built on respect and dignity.
Inclusion builds a culture of belonging by actively inviting the contribution and participation of all people. We believe every person’s voice adds value, and we strive to create balance in the face of power differences. We believe that no one person can or should be called upon to represent an entire community.