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How much of an issue is diversity in Spokane?

David Brookbank, in another post, posed the following question:

...perhaps there would be some interest generated by discussing how the Vox Box staff ends up being 17 white individuals in a with an approximately 10% minority population? If it is the process of selection or self-selection, then perhaps the discussion should turn to how to increase the diversity of voices. Don't me wrong, the group of you is not necessarily much less diverse than any other organization or group in the area, nevertheless it is as disproportionately uniform as the rest of the town.

In general, do you think Spokane's diversity, or lack thereof, is a problem in the community? If so, is it something that can be fixed? Within the Vox, are there ways we could increase the "diversity of voices?" Or is this even a goal worth pursuing?

I will say our selection process for staff positions is based solely on paper applications; we only know as much about our applicants as they tell us, so race is not a factor. Editors are chosen based on experience and qualifications for their position.

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