McKinney Mterns join in push for industry inclusivity
The McKinney Mtern program has been going strong for two decades now. But in 2016, it refocused itself on a more crucial issue, both here at McKinney and in our industry. It set its sights on increasing representation of minorities and underrepresented people in the advertising world.
McKinney’s Joni Madison Mtern Diversity Scholarship, named in honor of our former chief operating officer, aims to do just that. Like Joni herself, the scholarship acts with the intention of fostering a culture of diversity here at the agency, with the broader aim of increasing minority and LGBTQIA inclusion across the industry. In the process, the agency approaches the issue with a strategy that incorporates diversity, inclusion and equity.
A recent WRAL TechWire article examined the steps McKinney has taken in the direction of promoting inclusivity and diversity while recognizing the strides that still need to be made. The article also singles out our two most recent recipients of the diversity scholarship, Jacob Hege and Nijah McKinney. Both believe that being able to tell their stories will result in more voices like theirs being heard.
You can read what Jacob and Nijah had to say about their time here at McKinney and how they view the hurdles facing underrepresented people, as well as Techwire’s insight regarding the issue, here.