If you as a Board member could change one committee policy/procedure, what would it be?
The Board does not (and should not) suggest committees changes their policies and procedures unless there’s a very strong reason to do so, such as legal requirements changing or inter-committee issues requiring arbitration. Even in those cases, I wouldn’t push for change without the committee’s agreement.
Even if I as a Board member could just go in and change how a committee operates, I likely wouldn’t know enough about the intricacies of the committee to do so unless I was a staff member. I do look forward to learning more about committees as a Board member, if I am elected, but that still wouldn’t give me the ability to go digging around in their policies.
As for the committees that I am staff on, I would definitely bring up potential changes as a committee member rather than a Board member, so that we could discuss and decide together.
Do you see it as critical to OTW as a non-profit to actively work towards racial and international diversity in its board, staff and volunteers? If so, what concrete steps will you lead the org in taking to achieve this?
I think it’s important to be a diverse organization, for sure. Fandom is comprised of people from all over the world, interested in all types and kinds of fanworks and canon to draw from, and I do think we reflect that in the OTW.
Our Translation committee is comprised of teams covering forty-four different languages, which definitely speaks for the wide range of volunteers we have in the OTW. On the other hand, we don’t take any sort of census of our volunteers (nor should we) so it’s hard to know exactly how diverse we are or are not at any given time, and as our volunteer group is largely self-selecting, it’s hard for me to promise anything as far as working towards more racial and international diversity.
As an American, I have definitely learned a lot about other cultures and other countries just from casual interactions with other volunteers from around the world, and I think it’s important to keep learning from them. The Board is largely comprised of non-Americans at the moment, which I think is good for keeping the OTW from getting too US-centric. I hope that we continue to work toward being as inclusive and multicultural an Organization as we can be.
Share the story of a negative experience you’ve had in the OTW as a volunteer and what you’ve learned from it.
Honestly, I haven’t really had any truly negative experiences as a volunteer. The worst experience I’ve had is probably in tag wrangling, where I ended up wrangling a large fandom on my own due to other volunteers retiring. I started burning out pretty fast, but I learned to stop and reassess my responsibilities instead of just barrelling ahead and making myself miserable. As a volunteer in general, my experiences have definitely taught me not to be afraid to talk to my fellow volunteers and work together to get things done.
What do you appreciate or admire about your fellow candidates?
Oh man, what don’t I appreciate about them? I am loving reading both Kirsten and Rebecca’s answers to these questions as we go through, and I am learning more about both of them in the process. I am delighted to once again be running with people I would love to see on the Board, and I am confident that no matter which two of us get elected this year, the Board of Directors will be in excellent hands.