[ARIN-consult] Reminder: Consultation on Increasing the size of the ARIN Board of Trustees

John Comfort john at comfortconsulting.com
Tue Jun 6 15:17:51 EDT 2017

To state that women are underrepresented because the board currently has no
women is a misnomer and only perpetuates the political propaganda without
any substantive data to confirm the situation even exists.  If a particular
woman has the appropriate credentials and experience necessary to become a
member of the board, then there is no reason why she wouldn't be elected
except that a male or another female candidate has better credentials
and/or more relevant experience.

The election requirements should be based on merit only.  Do not give
prejudicial treatment to any person whether male or female to further
external, irrelevant agendas.

On Tue, Jun 6, 2017 at 11:58 AM, David Farmer <farmer at umn.edu> wrote:

> I agree with Jason and Rob, simply expanding the number of board seats
> without some mechanism to ensure that the new seats actually expand
> diversity is not helpful, and I can not support such a change.  I will note
> it is theoretically possible that, the membership will fill the new Board
> seats with a more diverse set of board members, but it is equally, if not
> more, likely that they will not, and the board will look much as it does
> today but slightly larger.  A slightly larger board that has more diversity
> is a fair trade-off and I support such a change if it includes a mechanism
> to ensure that the new seats actually expand diversity.
> I don't think a regional representation system would be helpful over all,
> it wouldn't necessarily help increasing the number of women on the board,
> and it would formalize a constituency for some board members that isn't the
> whole membership, and I'm not sure that would be a healthy change either.
> As an alternative, I would propose that the board earmark the additional
> seat in each class for candidates with particular divers properties that
> are underrepresented on the board.  Currently, I see the most pressing lack
> of diversity being women in general and anyone from the Caribbean.  So I
> would propose that the extra seat for the 1st and 3rd class of broad
> members be earmarked for women, and the extra seat in the 2nd class be
> earmarked for someone from the Caribbean.  Overtime if the make up of the
> board changes the earmarks could be changed to select candidates with other
> divers properties or if in the future it is felt that sufficient diversity
> can be maintained without earmarks, the earmarks could be eliminated.
> Under this proposal, there would be two(2) general seats with the current
> qualifications, and one special diversity seat per class with the current
> qualifications plus additional diversity qualifications specified by the
> board, maybe with input from the community and/or the nomcom.
> Thanks.
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