Dear 100 Hour Board,
At risk of revealing your true identities are any of the writers BIPOC? What has your experience been like at BYU and how can I make it better?
-Jesus Said Love Everyone, treat them kindly too
Dear Heart Filled With Love,
This is a great question. As of today, none of our *current* Board writers are BIPOC. Thus, we don't have anyone to share their experiences with you. However, there are students who have created the @stopyoursilence Instagram page, which would be a great place to start getting familiar.
The Board writer application does not require the applicant to disclose their race, and the application process is entirely voluntary. Probationary writers are chosen on the merits of their application. Given the demographic breakdown of the University, it is perhaps unsurprising that most of our writers have been white. That being said, we really do value the input of all of our readers and care deeply about inclusivity. The Board is a website made by and for the students of BYU - all of us. If you've spent much time reading the Board, we hope that comes through clearly.
The Board thrives on the perspectives of its readers and writers. We hope any BIPOC reader that wishes to apply to be a writer feels comfortable doing so.
If you have feedback on how we might improve our inclusivity, please let us know. We are always looking for ways to improve and have been conversing on this topic as editors.
Please direct all comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.