This is such a relevant piece. Thanks for writing it! I’ve never been a fan of this climate of “diversity” because it never applies in the ways that count or boost incentives. Your awful experience is sadly relatable.

Ezinne,

Thanks for taking time to give this a read and comment. It was a difficult piece to write. I wrestled with whether or not to write it at all as it was totally infuriating. And then to receive the rate card for another studio that is currently doing work for the institution at a MUCH higher rate … I thought my head going to explode.

I try to write stories that are uplifting, but at the same time real. How does one talk about these experiences without coming off as bitter? I tried to present it as a teachable moment, something everyone could learn from, no matter their race, ethnicity, social standing, etc.

Inclusion > Diversity.

Thanks again.

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