Anti-Racism Policy

The Runner stands in active opposition to the systemic racism which oppresses people living in the United States and Canada in ways which affect us all. The unjust killings of innocent people — George Floyd, Chantel Moore, and Breonna Taylor to name only a few — must be stopped, but they can not be stopped without collective and forthright action from those in positions of power. As the representatives of Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s student-funded and led newspaper, we recognize that we are in positions capable of fostering positive systemic change, and we must act responsibly.

As a result, we are tasked with doing everything we can to identify and dismantle racist ideologies both in ourselves and in one another. We can only achieve this goal by ensuring that The Runner is transparent and accountable.

This newspaper has existed for over 10 years. During that time, only two women have been the editor in chief, and almost everyone who has held the position has been white. The rest of our staff team, which turns over more frequently than the EIC position, has historically been more diverse, as has our contributor pool. However, we must acknowledge that The Runner has always had white bodies in editorial positions, and it has taken years of work from the current editorial board to change the whiteness of our workplace environment effectively.

Over the past five years, The Runner has launched several advertising campaigns meant to attract underrepresented students to our contributor meetings — to very little success. In search of a new solution, the editorial team decided to stop running targeted marketing and start doing more outreach into our communities. To this end, we hired a community reporter and outreach coordinator who are now responsible for reporting on constituencies and creating relationships between The Runner and community members. Through more outreach, we also were able to reach new students, and our entire roster has naturally become larger and more diverse.

Core members of our team have participated in the KAIROS Blanket Exercise, the completion of KPU’s “Indigenous Awareness” online course, and several workshops and speeches from esteemed racialized creatives and academics at annual conferences like NASH.

This does not mean that our anti-oppression work is anywhere near done. We are still laying the groundwork for an inclusive and representative workplace, and we must continue to build upon it indefinitely.

In recognition of this, we will:

  • Encourage and support self-criticism and self-improvement among all members of our team

  • Encourage consistent self-education among all members of our team

  • Treat every member of our team with utmost respect, dignity, and empathy

  • Treat all others we interview and work alongside with utmost respect, dignity, and empathy

  • Continue to hold monthly Inclusivity and Diversity meetings, during which we discuss ways in which we can improve the representation of racialized people in our work, and educate ourselves about the systemic challenges confronting equitable and authentic diverse representation in news media

  • Consciously take editorial action to address and expose racism and systemic inequalities on the basis of race

  • Refuse to publish anything which could constitute as hate speech

  • Refuse to publish any racist material

  • Share material which promotes justice and equity for all

  • Research and undertake initiatives which aim to educate participants about colonialism, racism, and anti-racist and anti-colonial approaches to work and life

  • Provide opportunities for racialized journalists to thrive and advance within The Runner

  • Invite, accept, review, and address public criticism about The Runner

Report any violation of this policy to the Polytechnic Ink Publishing Society (PIPS) Board of Directors. PIPS is the umbrella organization which funds both The Runner and Pulp magazine. Its board of directors is responsible for overseeing the conduct of both teams.