Jones’ primary focus at NAMIC is to collaborate with media and entertainment companies to nurture diversity and inclusion strategies. In the coming months, he’ll design and implement a NAMIC-WICT outreach to the LGBT+ community in NY and Southern California. “Given how deeply entrenched are so many historical inequities, almost any step, however small, is a call for celebration,” Jones says.
What’s a recent example of a step forward for diversity in the industry?
Not sure there have been huge steps forward, though perhaps we’re beginning to experience more positive positioning of trans individuals in the media. Given how deeply entrenched are so many historical inequities, almost any step, however small, is a call for celebration.
In what areas should the industry step up its efforts with regard to diversity and inclusion?
The industry could work to be more creative and intentional around stories and individuals from across the identity spectrum. Such a wealth of ideas and perspectives are waiting to be explored.
What’s been the most dramatic change in your sector of the business today vs. three years ago?
Perhaps not dramatic, but I’d say the complexities—cultural, religious, etc.—of capturing the particular struggles of women of color as part of #MeToo. It harkens back to the nascent Women’s Movement the West, which tended to focus more on white women.
If there were a reality show based on your office, what would it be called?
“The WHY Factor!”