How to ensure diversity and inclusion in community radio (and other organizations too)

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Amira Elghawaby. Image: Victoria Fenner

Campus and community radio has a lot in common with rabble.ca. A focus on equity, diversity and social justice is something which makes me proud to be part of both rabble and the campus community radio movement.

Last week was the annual national gathering of campus and community radio stations from across the country. It was hosted by CJRU, the station at Ryerson University in Toronto.

We were happy to see a friend of rabble at the gathering. Amira Elghawaby did a presentation called "How to Ensure Diversity and Inclusion in Community Radio -- and Why it Matters." Her presentation, though focusing on community radio, is relevant to any organization which is trying to build inclusivity into how they do their work. Hopefully, that means all of us.

Amira Elghawaby is a human rights advocate and journalist living in Ottawa. She has done stories for much of the national media including the Globe and Mail and CBC. Before that, one of her main jobs was working as the director of communications for the National Council of Canadian Muslims. And, we're proud to say, she used to be on the board of directors for rabble.ca and still can be called on to help us out whenever we need it.

(This podcast contains excerpts from the talk. Because there was a lot of back and forth between Amira and the audience, and the audience didn't have microphones, we've edited around the audience participation parts).

Image: Amira Elghawaby - photo by Victoria Fenner

Sounds used in podcast: Parliament Hill sounds in fundraiser promo - Victoria Fenner;

Singing Bowl Strike Sound in podcast– Freesound - Inshirodesign

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