The Diversity & Inclusion Committee launched its speaker series in June 2021. The first event, which was open to Express-News employees, featured Reporters Vince Davis and Taylor Pettaway speaking about their experience interviewing Black elders for a special project in honor of Juneteenth titled "Lift Every Voice."
The second event, which was open to the public, featured Express-News employees Misty Harris, Maddy Mendoza, Cary Clack and was moderated by columnist Gilbert Garcia. It was titled "History & Headlines: A reckoning of the Express-News’ coverage of race from the 1960s to today."
You can watch both events below.
Moving forward, the Diversity & Inclusion Committee plans to host around five different events a year. Some aim to help employees of color navigate the workplace and advance their careers. Others will focus on current events and how the newspaper can improve its coverage of traditionally underrepresented communities.