Statement of Commitment to Diversity
“UMKC values diversity as central to its mission as an urban-serving research university and as a driver of excellence in teaching and learning. UMKC embraces a broad spectrum of diversities, including race, ethnicity, culture, nationality, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, linguistic ability, learning style, religion, socioeconomic and veteran status, life experiences, educational level and family structure.”
The organizers of the First International Conference of Modern Monetary Theory also embrace these diversities and seek to incorporate them into our events. We welcome people from all backgrounds and affirmatively seek to include knowledge and values from many cultures. We believe in the universal, enforceable and inalienable right of every person to participate in economic life in a manner consistent with basic principles of justice, fairness, equality and dignity. In keeping with this belief, we advocate for the right of every person to engage in a discussion about economic life.
To that end, we aspire to incorporate and advance diversity in our conference organizing and pedagogy, including, but not limited to the substance and representation of panels, speeches, workshops, and social events.
As our intellectual tradition grows, we will continue to work toward an environment that better values diversity, by actively rooting out discrimination, as well as creating, promoting, and maintaining educational spaces and programs which further our own understanding of diversity. With this in mind, we expect the standards and values articulated in this document to be adhered to and respected not only by conference organizers, but the Modern Money community as a whole.
Inquiries or concerns should be directed to the conference organizers: Stephanie Kelton, Scott Fullwiler, and Randy Wray.