USQ and Major League Quidditch are partnering on a series of town halls for Black and non-Black people of color.
USQ and Major League Quidditch (MLQ) are committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion. We believe that our community should protect everyone, especially Black people, and that our sport should be safe for people of all backgrounds to participate in. We support the Black Lives Matter movement and the broader fight against racial injustice and police brutality.
To that end, USQ released a statement last Tuesday detailing what actions our organization is taking to make change in our community, and what actions you can take as an individual. USQ’s diversity and equity committee is at the forefront of this work, and the group is led by Diversity and Equity Coordinator Brandi Cannon (you can read more about Brandi here). Strategic Planning Manager Megan Anderson and Executive Director Mary Kimball are also part of the team.
MLQ is conducting an equity and culture audit, led by a professional equity and inclusion specialist and will be providing further details on their diversity, equity and inclusion efforts later this week. Their organization is also supporting a fundraiser for anti-racism organizations, which you can learn more about here.
This summer, USQ and MLQ will be co-hosting a series of town halls for Black and non-Black people of color in our community. Players, referees, snitch runners, coaches, team leaders, volunteers, and fans from both leagues are all welcome to participate. The town halls will be facilitated by Brandi Cannon and Christian Barnes, MLQ diversity, equity and inclusion strategist. Other people on USQ and MLQ staff may be present to aid in note taking.
The town halls will be used to get feedback on what initiatives people of color would like to see from USQ, MLQ, and the broader quidditch community. Our leagues will use this feedback to further identify specific actions we can take to address and break down racist structures and policies within our organizations and create a safer and more welcoming space for players of color. To participate, please fill out this form by Friday, June 12.
As mentioned in the statement linked above, USQ will be hosting more affinity groups like this one. This is just the beginning of the work both leagues will be doing for upcoming and future seasons.