As many of you know, diversity was the focus of our Banned Books Week 2015. But the Office for Intellectual Freedom is also a member of a larger coalition, embracing many other partners (see last paragraph below). They/we came out this week with an announcement about the focus of the Coalition’s 2016 campaign. Not surprisingly, the push for diverse materials and diverse viewpoints has not disappeared. The press release is below.
“Publishing is not alone when it comes to having a lack of diversity problem. All media, including film, television, and theater, are having similar conversations about diversity. It is plain to see that our society as a whole has a problem. We believe we are at a crucial time right now. We all have to decide if the country in which we live is better off if we conduct our lives separately or together. The diversity problem is not the responsibility of diverse people to solve. It is a problem for everyone to solve. Now that the Diversity Baseline Survey is completed, the real work toward changing the status quo begins. It is not going to be easy. Knowing where we stand and establishing a baseline was the first step. Knowing the baseline numbers gives us a way to measure progress going forward, but only our actions can change things for the better.” Lee & Low