Diversity Advisory Council Mission Statement
We are professionals in a creative industry that serves a creative audience. Creativity, at the core of what we do and the audience we service, flourishes best in an environment where diversity of thought and inclusion of all are priorities. For everyone to perform at their best, we need to recognize and address demographic, opportunity and social issues that can impede the creative process and create an environment where those priorities are apparent. The Diversity Advisory Council (DAC) at Vogue Knitting magazine has as its mission to ensure that all—regardless of race, gender, gender identity, sexuality, religion, age, ability or access needs—feel welcome, supported and recognized by our publications and at our events. We recognize that this is not a quick fix, but rather a journey to lasting change.
DAC Immediate Goals
- Evaluate existing organizational policies, programs and structure and make recommendations for institutional change and additional programming. The goal is to incorporate into our culture exemplary practices, programs and individuals that embody the commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
- Retool existing programs and events and implement new ones that reflect our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
- Develop the scope of and source writers for a new column in Vogue Knitting that regularly features the broadest spectrum of LGBTQ2IA+, BIPOC, and other identified underrepresented designers.
- Create a mentoring program for aspiring teachers to increase diversity in the knitting/crochet teaching community.
- Initiate a crafting business accelerator program, overseen by Diane Ivey from Lady Dye Yarns, where experienced BIPOC professionals in the industry will inform potential vendors of the financial benefits, risks, inventory, and necessary planning to become a successful vendor.
Additional information for both the teacher mentoring program and vendor educational sessions will be available at a later date.
The composition of the DAC participants will change each year. To keep the momentum going, the DAC will work on longer-term goals that create a framework through which the next set of DAC participants can continue the DAC’s work. The DAC will create a checklist of things to consider—now and in the future—to ensure that Vogue Knitting magazine and the future DAC members will remain committed to the DAC mission statement.
Details Regarding the DAC Appointments:
- 2019/2020 council appointments were voted on by the four initial council members
- Appointment term is one to two years maximum. The existing DAC will vote on new members for the following year
- The 2019 DAC year is Wednesday, June 13, 2019–Friday, June 12, 2020
- No more than 50% of the existing members will voluntarily remain on the DAC for a maximum of one additional year to facilitate the transition
- There will be a total of 15 meetings per year (telephone conferences or in-person meetings)
- Each council member receives an honorarium
- There is a maximum of 10 council members per year
A submission form will be made available this winter for anyone interested in participating in future years of the Diversity Advisory Council.