Diversity has become the new buzzword, championed by elite institutions from academia to Hollywood to corporate America. In an effort to ensure their organizations represent the racial and ethnic makeup of the country, industry and foundation leaders have pledged hundreds of millions of dollars to commission studies, launch training sessions, and hire consultants and diversity czars. But is it working?
Pamela Newkirk is an award-winning journalist and a professor of journalism at New York University who has written extensively about diversity in the news media and art world. She is the author of Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga, which won the NAACP Image Award, and Within the Veil: Black Journalists, White Media, which won the National Press Club Award for media criticism. She was also the editor of Letters from Black America. Newkirk's articles and reviews are regularly published in major media, including the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Guardian, the Nation, and elsewhere. She lives in New York City.
Mary Morten is the president of the Morten Group, a national consulting firm that focuses on diversity, racial equity and inclusion, executive placements, research, and organizational development. Mary recently launched the podcast Gathering Ground, which focuses on equity and inclusion topics. Mary is a past director of the Office of Violence Prevention for the Chicago Department of Public Health. Prior to this position, Mary was an appointee for Mayor Richard M. Daley and served as the liaison to the LGBTQ community. She has also held important positions with the Chicago Foundation for Women, Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers (CLAIM), and Howard Brown Health Center.