In October 2021, Mass Cultural Council launched a three-year Racial Equity Plan outlining some of the internal and external steps we will take to support and encourage an anti-racist cultural sector in the Commonwealth. As part of the plan, the Agency has committed to sharing our progress on this work each quarter:
January-March 2022 Racial Equity Work Highlights
Promoting, and upgrading our technical assistance and translation services.
We are utilizing a real-time language interpretation service to provide video content in more languages. For example, the AAPI Arts & Culture COVID-19 Recovery Program information session was made available in Cantonese.
The Public Affairs team is working on producing a promotional clip about Mass Cultural Council to increase awareness of our programs and services and support recruitment efforts.
Program teams are meeting with the Equity & Inclusion Program Officer to audit their guidelines and applications with an equitable grantmaking lens. Read this document featuring Tips for Equitable Grantmaking that was shared with the staff.
The Cultural, Access and Inclusion Team has added learning conversations as a standing all-staff meeting agenda item. This is an opportunity to share short videos, excerpts, or audio about racial equity and anti-racism that spark discussion and encourage self-reflection.
The Director of People and Culture and Public Affairs developed a Mass Cultural Career’s page as a tool to recruit, hire, and promote diverse talent. The page reaffirms our commitment of being an anti-racist workplace, and our goal to ensuring that our workforce reflects the diversity of the communities we serve. Additionally, the goal of the page is to ensure candidates have a point of contact for any requests or needs regarding accessibility, accommodations, modifications, or specific preferences we should be aware of during the hiring process.
Starting in February, the Director of People and Culture implemented a standard “Interview Outline” intended to inform candidates on the topics they should expect to speak about when interviewing with Mass Cultural Council. This new addition continues to standardize the hiring process and is intended to increase access, transparency, fairness and ensure an equitable candidate experience.