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Diversity Statement

Connecticut Public
Diversity Equity and Inclusion
Mission Statement and Diversity Goal

Mission Statement

Our future as public media depends on elevating diversity of all kinds. Connecticut Public is committed to informing, educating, and inspiring our communities by reflecting the diverse perspectives and identities of our region in our journalism, programming, and people.

As a public service, it is our civic duty to foster constructive discourse and encourage our audiences to actively participate in our democracy. We will show our commitment to the truth by uplifting voices and stories that represent a wide spectrum of Connecticut, while engaging people in the stories that matter to them.

Accuracy and fairness are the foundation of Connecticut Public’s news and authentic storytelling. To earn our communities’ trust, we will have the courage and journalistic integrity to stand by our principles and not magnify disinformation or misinformation.

Connecticut Public aims to strengthen cultural awareness, empathy, and mutual respect in all facets of our organization. We recognize that a fair and equitable workplace is essential to uphold this mission.

We commit to:

  1. Strengthening connections with communities that have been underrepresented or ignored in our coverage.
  2. Reflecting the diverse perspectives and identities of our state and region in our coverage and in our workforce.
  3. Listening to our communities and colleagues’ viewpoints to hold our organization accountable.

Diversity Goal

Connecticut Public’s goal is to have a workforce, management, and governing board that reflects Connecticut’s published census composition for race/ethnicity, gender, and generation.

Currently, on February 1, 2023, Connecticut Public’s staff, executive leadership, and Board of Trustees reflect diversity in these categories as follows:

Connecticut Public has made substantial progress toward its diversity objectives and goals in the last three years. From July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022, our staff and executive leadership identifying as racially or ethnically diverse increased from 14% in 2019 to 23% in 2022.

For fiscal year 2023, Connecticut Public intends to build on its past progress with a continued focus on recruiting a diverse workforce by attending the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) career fairs, among others, continue its robust paid internship programs, and provide diversity, equity and inclusion training for its executive leadership and staff. In addition, we will begin to track gender diversity for all genders.

Statement from the Board of Trustees

Connecticut Public’s Board of Trustees commends and supports the recognition of our civic duty, the commitment, and the efforts made by the organization to value and instill meaningful diversity, equity and inclusion strategies, practices, and goals.

The Board of Trustees has made progress in improving the diversity of its board and it remains a key priority as we consider new board members. The Board aspires to increase diversity to approximate Connecticut’s published census data and is committed to continuing its diversity training.

Connecticut Public will measure its progress toward its diversity goal in January, 2024.

Connecticut Public Broadcasting, Inc. is committed to a diverse workforce, management team, governing body, and Community Advisory Board who contribute greatly to our knowledge and understanding of Connecticut’s diverse communities, and to our ability to deliver content and services that will help us attract, grow, and engage audiences and help them to achieve their full potential.

We endeavor to recruit from a broad pool of candidates enabling us to hire and promote qualified candidates with a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds, personal experiences, and characteristics, and talents that reasonably reflect the diverse needs and interests of the communities served by Connecticut Public Broadcasting, Inc.

"Connecticut Public Broadcasting, Inc. strives to create and foster a supportive environment in which all individuals can be successful and reach his or her full potential within the organization."

Connecticut Public Broadcasting, Inc. will continue to explore new opportunities for achieving and promoting this diversity and to monitor and evaluate our success. That means that Connecticut Public Broadcasting, Inc. commits that it will always meet the standards of federal and state law, its Equal Employment Opportunity Policy, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Diversity Eligibility Criteria.

Connecticut Public Broadcasting, Inc. is committed to ensuring that its workforce and governing boards reflect the diversity found in the communities it serves. Central to Connecticut Public Broadcasting, Inc.’s mission, vision, and values is maintaining a governing and workplace environment which recognizes and celebrates the power of diversity. Connecticut Public Broadcasting, Inc. strives to create and foster a supportive environment in which all individuals can be successful and reach his or her full potential within the organization.

Connecticut Public Broadcasting, Inc. seeks a diverse workforce and governing body through distinct personalities and capabilities of each individual. On a personal level, the diversity of an individual is defined by his or her cultural and personal differences, as well as life and professional experiences.

Connecticut Public Broadcasting, Inc. believes that diversity considerations extend beyond race and gender. The spectrum of diversity also includes disability, religious belief, age, culture, sexual orientation, physicality, education and socio- economic status.

Connecticut Public Broadcasting, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and recruits a diverse work force and explicitly forbids discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability and marital status.

Approved by the Governance Committee of the Board of Trustees on May 10, 2023.