KSRQ CPB Diversity Statement – 2018

As a licensee of Northland Community & Technical College — a member of Minnesota State — KSRQ follows state diversity and inclusion guidelines as an equal opportunity employer.

The Minnesota State Board of Trustees serves as KSRQ’s Board of Directors. The Board’s Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination in Employment and Education policy states that:

“No person shall be discriminated against in the terms and conditions of employment, personnel practices, or access to and participation in, programs, services, and activities with regard to race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. In addition, discrimination in employment based on familial status or membership or activity in a local commission as defined by law is prohibited.

Harassment on the basis of race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or familial status is prohibited. Harassment may occur in a variety of relationships, including faculty and student, supervisor and employee, student and student, staff and student, employee and employee, and other relationships with persons having business at, or visiting the educational or working environment.

This policy is directed at verbal or physical conduct that constitutes discrimination /harassment under state and federal law and is not directed at the content of speech. In cases in which verbal statements and other forms of expression are involved, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities will give due consideration to an individual’s constitutionally protected right to free speech and academic freedom. However, discrimination and harassment are not within the protections of academic freedom or free speech.

The system office, colleges, and universities shall maintain and encourage full freedom, within the law, of expression, inquiry, teaching and research. Academic freedom comes with a responsibility that all members of our education community benefit from it without intimidation, exploitation or coercion.

This policy shall apply to all individuals affiliated with Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, including but not limited to, its students, employees, applicants, volunteers, agents, and Board of Trustees, and is intended to protect the rights and privacy of both the complainant and respondent and other involved individuals, as well as to prevent retaliation or reprisal. Individuals who violate this policy shall be subject to disciplinary or other corrective action.”

The full policies and procedures can be viewed at: http://www.minnstate.edu/board/policy/index.html

KSRQ’s local Community Advisory Board is made aware of the station’s nondiscrimination and equal opportunity policy at the board’s quarterly meetings. The board gives input on how KSRQ’s programming, and community and volunteer outreach meets the spirit of the policy.

KSRQ offers several programs demonstrating its commitment to language and cultural diversity including:

Notas Latinas: Produced by Dr. Yolanda Arauza at Moorhead (MN) State University, the program offers “information on Latino life together with vintage and newly-released musical selections. Notas Latinas offers historical and cultural information, views, news and Latino music from the major genres: Pop Latino, Tropical, Tejano, and Mexican Regional.” Notas Latinas has aired weekly for over 20 years on KSRQ.

Minnesota Native News: Produced by Ampers, the weekly program covers ideas and events relevant to Minnesota’s Native American communities.

Value Our Traditions: KSRQ aired a series produced by Ampers, featuring Native Americans sharing their personal experiences and challenges of quitting commercial tobacco and reclaiming sacred tobacco.

Keep Moving Forward: KSRQ aired a series produced by Ampers and the Minnesota Council on Disabilities, featuring firsthand accounts of those living with a disability.

KSRQ offers employment and volunteer opportunities to two individuals who are blind and legally blind. One of the station’s volunteer programmers is of Native American heritage. The station is also the recipient of volunteer efforts from senior citizens who create programming that preserves the cultural heritage of jazz and polka music. Station volunteers range in age from high school to 65+.

Through KSRQ’s state Legacy grant, several female artists were paid to perform at Thief River Falls’ RiverFest event, including Kari and Billy (a female-fronted duo) and Post Monroe (a female duo). Many independent female artists and artists of color are represented on KSRQ’s daytime mix of alternative and Americana music. A majority of these artists do not receive airplay on other radio stations in our region.

Some other examples of recent KSRQ programming promoting diversity include:

Newzad Brifki’s journey to America began in Kurdistan, from which his family fled in 1988 when he was seven years old, due to the oppressive governmental regime of Saddam Hussein. He lived in a refugee camp in Turkey for 4 years before coming to America with his family, being sponsored by two families through Lutheran Social Services. Brifki’s book, “My Journey to America” is a personal memoir about this journey to America. He graduated high school in Moorhead, and eventually earned an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and an MBA in 2014. Brifki is the founder and director of the Kurdish Community of America, which is a resource center for the vast local Kurdish community in the Fargo-Moorhead area and a bridge to the greater community, nurturing understanding of Kurdish people’s stories and history. (October 15, 2017 – 9 minute interview)

Refugees and immigrants from a variety of countries have settled in Minnesota. An upcoming event at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs explores the impact of immigration on both the immigrants themselves and the communities they now call home. Guest: Eric Schwartz, President of Refugees International. (October 28, 2017 – 30 minute program)

VSA Minnesota’s mission is to create a community where people with disabilities can learn through, participate in and access the arts. Craig Dunn, Executive Director, talked about a presentation at the Art Expo in Thief River Falls, MN on April 28th. (10 minute interview)

KSRQ aired a live broadcast of the Saturday Morning Barn Dance featuring music by Matt Hodek and the Dakota Dutchmen of Lankin, North Dakota. Many senior citizens attended the live broadcast at Northland Community & Technical College and tuned in on radio. (May 5, 2018 — 3 hour program)

KSRQ’s commitment to diversity in its on-air programming and outreach is ongoing.

The station is working with other non-profit organizations in its listening area in an effort to build several remote studios. One of the goals of this effort is to make it possible for volunteers from all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds to participate in community radio without driving a long distance to our Thief River Falls, MN studios.