Diversity Statement for WMUK
WMUK presents program content that reflects the diversity of our community, our nation and the world to our broadcast and on-line audience in many ways. Arts and culture play a prominent role in the way that WMUK addresses diversity.
First we reflect diversity though playing the music of many cultures both current and throughout history. Classical, Celtic, Hispanic, jazz, folk, acoustic and Americana are some of the genres included in the more than 160+ hours of music each week on WMUK’s two program streams. The artists creating and performing this music represent many races, cultures and nationalities.
Besides playing the music from diverse cultures, WMUK also covers the music, arts and traditions of diverse cultures within our community through interviews and through Arts & More. Each week WMUK airs half a dozen five-minute Arts & More segments related to music, visual art, dance, literature and theatre as well as stories related to food, festivals, celebrations and traditions of Native American, Asian-American, African America, Hispanic, Eastern European, Irish, Scottish and Islamic communities and populations within our region.
Finally, WMUK news presents daily stories related to diverse communities and populations in our area. During the past year, for instance, WMUK news has covered stories focusing on LGBT populations, veterans in our region, a number of minorities and stories focused on youths as well as seniors. WMUK also covered many stories that were connected to diversity through issues addressed in the areas of state and local government, education and the environment.
WMUK’s staff has direct artistic experience, expertise and training with a number of musical genres and art forms mentioned above, as well as with the cultures that produced them. In addition, WMUK’s staff reflects a balance in terms of gender and generations. Our Friends Advisory Committee reflects our community’s diversity. Our governing body, the WMU Board of Trustees, appointed by the Governor of Michigan, reflects the diversity of our state.
During the past three years we have expanded diversity at WMUK through the following steps: 1. In September of 2013, WMUK’s newly developed strategic plan included a section on Diversity, with goals and means for achieving them. 2. In 2011 WMUK initiated and formed a Friends Advisory Committee that reflects community diversity 3. In 2011 WMUK initiated an EEO Self- Assessment Committee. 4. In response to the Committee’s recommendations and in an effort to increase staff diversity, WMUK redoubled its efforts in the area of Wide Dissemination of information regarding employment at WMUK. 5. In 2013 WMUK scheduled and undertook diversity training for its management staff.
Diversity Goals for the year to come (FY14) are referenced in our current strategic plan, posted on our website at WMUK.org. These goals include A. Expanding diversity in the music WMUK plays and covers through locally produced programs B. Expanding the diversity of the sources consulted in Arts & More and WMUK news stories C. Expanding coverage of other cultures through Arts & More on WMUK D. Engaging more diverse voices in the content WMUK produces and in programs we purchase E. Expand diversity in the workforce, management, Friends Advisory Committee and the volunteer corps at WMUK. F. Engage WMUK’s managers and staff in diversity training.