Dear UNITY Alliance Partner Members,
Over the weekend, UNITY board members met online to discuss the UNITY Name Task Force’s process, and as a result, a tweak has been made to the ballot in which members will be voting on a new name for UNITY.
We ask for patience and understanding. And in particular, we apologize to AAJA members. Some AAJA members have already cast their votes and will be asked to do so again on this new ballot, which will be made available to members by their associations on Wednesday.
The new ballot will contain three choices; although Nos. 1 and 2 remain the same, No. 3 was tweaked:
1. UNITY: Journalists of Color
2. UNITY: Journalists of Color & Diversity
3. UNITY: Journalists for Diversity
The first two names on the ballot were the most suggested during the month-long suggestion phase, when the public was asked to submit ideas via email to UNITYname@gmail.com. The third name was also one of the suggestions submitted, although it was not one of the top three.
Members will vote through their alliance associations. Members will have 10 days to vote, ending 11:59 p.m. EST Friday, Dec. 14. No write-ins will be considered.
After the votes are counted, each association will submit the full results disclosing how many votes each name received to UNITY’s Interim Executive Director Walt Swantson. She will inform the Task Force, which will convene to discuss the results and prepare a recommendation to UNITY’s board members. Ballots will then be prepared for UNITY board members to vote. (UNITY board members are expected to vote how their organizations voted and respect the wishes of their members.)
Again, thank you for your patience, and we apologize for any inconvenience. We look forward to announcing the results before the end of the year.