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Ozarks Public Broadcasting Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Ozarks Public Broadcasting, comprised of KSMU Radio and Ozarks Public Television (OPT), believes our work and workplace are made better through the earnest prioritization of the organizational values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our work is guided by the following principles:

  • Ozarks Public Broadcasting is committed to reflecting and celebrating the diversity of the communities we serve in all areas of station operation. This diversity takes many forms, including – but not limited to –age, education, ethnicity, expression, family composition, gender, gender expression, gender identity, geographic location, language, marital status, mental ability, nationality, physical ability, physical appearance, political views, race, religious views, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and veteran status.
  • Ozarks Public Broadcasting is committed to ensuring equitable participation in internal and external station activities, recognizing that the resources needed to achieve equity vary by person, group, and circumstance.
  • Ozarks Public Broadcasting is committed to cultivating a culture that values and utilizes the diverse perspectives of team members, and actively pursues engagement and input from team members of all levels.
  • Ozarks Public Broadcasting is committed to creating, selecting, and presenting programming and engagement activities that are reflective of the diversity of the communities we serve.
  • Ozarks Public Broadcasting is committed to consistently evaluating its performance and progress in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion; to sharing information on performance and progress in a transparent manner; and to ensuring that sustainable progress remains a long-term focus of the organization.

Service to the Community

OPT and KSMU select, develop, produce, and present content and engagement activities that seek to represent the diversity of individuals and perspectives in our community, and encourage thoughtful discourse on a variety of topics.

  • As a part of KSMU’s mission to represent and inform the community, the station regularly produces and broadcasts special features and series focused on the stories of underrepresented individuals and groups. Recent examples include:
    • Conversations on Race featured first-person perspectives of people in our community whose lives have been impacted by race and racism.
    • Dementia in the Ozarksprofiled local individuals and families impacted by dementia, as well as the resources available in the communities we serve.
    • Table Traditions local individuals shared the family recipes, culture, and traditions that the hold dear.
    • Take it Outside took listeners to local spots for outdoor entertainment, and shared access information to ensure all visitors can participate.
    • Becoming American was a week-long series of profiles, highlighting local individuals who undertook the process to become U.S. citizens.
  • Ozarks Public Television tells the story of the Ozarks’ through documentary films and ongoing series. Through a partnership with the national American Graduate initiative, OPT’s Sense of Community program recently included a profile of ARC of the Ozarks, and their work in connecting adults with cognitive disabilities with local employers.
  • OPT’s locally-produced film Marian Days: A Spiritual and Cultural Homecoming shares the history and impact of an enduring spiritual and social festival of Vietnamese Roman Catholics, held annually in Carthage, MO.
  • OPT’s Passport series featured instructional language and cultural exploration of other countries. The series includes Passport to China, Passport to Latin America, andPassport to Brazil.
  • OPT and KSMU regularly broadcast special programming that celebrates the diversity of our nation and our world. These national programs are made available by NPR, PRI, APM, PBS, NETA, APT and other national distributors.

Organizational Accountability

As a division of Missouri State University, Ozarks Public Broadcasting shares in the University’s efforts and initiatives to ensure diversity in all aspects of our work. The University staff, faculty, governance and student body reflect rich diversity.

The Missouri State University Division for Diversity and Inclusionstrives to enhance the institutional culture of the campus by building a community that values the inclusion of diversity. Its mission is to ensure consistent emphasis on the core value of inclusive excellence by intentionally engaging the rich and broad diversity of faculty, staff, students and community to effectively educate all campus stakeholders. The division has four areas of emphasis –

  • Access, success and equity

Increase access, success and equity by attracting, retaining, and ensuring the success of all students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds.

  • Learning and development

Enhance and increase learning development through promoting diversity in the formal and informal curricula.

  • Campus climate

Enhance and increase the development of a psychological and behavioral climate supportive of all students, faculty, and staff as well as campus stakeholders.

  • Institutional leadership and commitment

Enhance and increase institutional leadership, commitment, and integration of policies, practices, and institutional support of Inclusive Excellence as well as cultural consciousness of all university stakeholders.

More information about Missouri State University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion can be found here.

Ozarks Public Broadcasting FY21 Diversity Goals

  1. Ozarks Public Broadcasting will establish a work group tasked with evaluating station performance and improvement in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Because these principles are central to the entirety of our work, evaluation and goals for improvement will include all areas of station operation. This work group will be responsible for making annual recommendations for focus and improvement in integration of these principles across station operations.

CPB Diversity Initiatives

Additionally, Ozarks Public Broadcasting undertakes the following ongoing initiatives outlined by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), as part of standard station operating procedure:

  • Include individuals representing the diverse groups for internships or work-study programs, which are designed to provide meaningful professional-level experience and further public broadcasting’s commitment to education.
  • Include qualified diverse candidates in any slate of individuals considered for positions on governing boards.

Updated September 30, 2020