Diversity Statement

As a community outreach program of Southern Oregon University (SOU), Jefferson Public Radio (JPR) is committed to fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion to maintain a fair, unbiased work environment and to enhance its ability to effectively serve the public. JPR embraces the diversity goals, policies and procedures SOU has developed in order to be “a welcoming community committed to inclusive excellence and celebration of difference” and to create “a campus community rich with diversity of ethnicity, race, gender and gender identity, nationality, age, language, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, disability, and political affiliation.”

JPR rigorously supports and follows SOU’s nondiscrimination policies, ethics policies, and commitments to equal opportunity, affirmative action and diversity.

JPR Diversity Goals

  • To recruit and retain a diverse workforce that is representative of its service area.
  • To provide equal opportunity in employment.
  • To educate its management and staff in best practices for maintaining an inclusive and diverse environment for all persons.

JPR Diversity Practices and Initiatives

  • JPR is committed to diversity and equal employment opportunity in every aspect of personnel policy and practice including: recruitment, selection, placement, training and advancement of employees.
  • Recruitment for employment opportunities at JPR takes place through an open and fair process consistent with SOU Human Resource department guidelines.
  • JPR job postings are submitted to professional minority organizations consistent with its established FCC EEO program with the goal of attracting a diverse candidate pool. Special effort will be made by JPR management and search committee members to recruit minority candidates.
  • JPR management and other appropriate staff will attend training seminars or workshops in order to learn ways to create a more diverse workforce and to maintain a culture of respect and non-discrimination. JPR management will review practices designed to fulfill JPR’s commitment to diversity and to meet applicable FCC guidelines, as documented in JPR’s annual FCC EEO Report and its annual Diversity Report.

Diversity at JPR

JPR has 18 permanent members of its public radio staff. Women comprise a total of 56% of JPR’s permanent staff, exceeding the demographic makeup of Jackson County, Oregon. JPR historically has a very low turnover rate, and will continue to recruit diverse candidates for future open positions. JPR’s staff generally reflects the demographic makeup of its listening area.