[ARIN-consult] How does this improve Diversity? Community Consultation on Increasing the Size of the ARIN Board of Trustees

Azinger, Marla Marla.Azinger at FTR.com
Fri May 12 11:55:11 EDT 2017

Hi Jason

I would support modifying the next one or two seats up for election to have diversity qualifiers implemented into the requirements.

If someone can explain how adding seats in addition to diversity requirements will help, I will entertain that.  I just don’t see how adding a quantity of seats will assist diversity, it just increases working hands.  I have not heard about a need for more working hands on the BOT.   In contrast I have heard arguments for opposing the increase of the BOT size because a larger quantity would make it harder to unseat people.  When you have boards or committees without term limits, it’s wise to keep lower numbers to assist with needed change.


From: Jason Schiller [mailto:jschiller at google.com]
Sent: Friday, May 12, 2017 7:58 AM
To: Azinger, Marla <Marla.Azinger at FTR.com>
Cc: John Curran <jcurran at arin.net>; arin-consult at arin.net
Subject: Re: [ARIN-consult] How does this improve Diversity? Community Consultation on Increasing the Size of the ARIN Board of Trustees


I posted something similar to the other thread...

I agree just adding seats does not help.

There needs to be some sort of "Addition of required qualifications
to some of the positions" as you say.

The discussion between David and Paul, suggest adding seats is
part of one of many steps taken to increase diversity.
I think you suggest we should discuss that topic first.

Then if additional seats are required to implement such a solution,
or if adding seats makes it easier to implement such a solution we
can consider adding the seats.

Maybe this is a cart before the horse thing?

Or maybe we are trying to find out if solutions that also require
additional seats are a non-starter?

Marla, would you consider addressing diversity issues with some sort
of addition of required qualifications to some of the positions if it also
increased the number of seats?

In other words do you oppose additional seats as in itself does not
address diversity directly enough, but support consideration of
proposals that add required qualifications to some of the positions
even if the number of seats might be increased?


On Thu, May 11, 2017 at 7:38 PM, Azinger, Marla <Marla.Azinger at ftr.com<mailto:Marla.Azinger at ftr.com>> wrote:
Hi John

Given your response,  increasing the number of seats on the BOT will not resolve the lack of diversity issue as the quantity would have zero effect as explained below.

ARIN would have to implement requirements for those 3 new positions, or make requirements for 2 of the existing ones and not increase how many members there are.

I do not support increasing the number of BOT members unless more people to carry the work load is required.  However that is an entirely different problem should it exist.

Summary: Increase of quantity will not resolve the perceived problem put forward.  Addition of required qualifications to some of the positions is the only way to resolve the perceived problem.

Thank you

From: John Curran [mailto:jcurran at arin.net<mailto:jcurran at arin.net>]
Sent: Thursday, May 11, 2017 3:52 PM
To: Azinger, Marla <Marla.Azinger at FTR.com<mailto:Marla.Azinger at FTR.com>>
Cc: arin-consult at arin.net<mailto:arin-consult at arin.net>
Subject: Re: [ARIN-consult] How does this improve Diversity? Community Consultation on Increasing the Size of the ARIN Board of Trustees

On 11 May 2017, at 5:37 PM, Azinger, Marla <Marla.Azinger at FTR.com<mailto:Marla.Azinger at FTR.com>> wrote:


Maybe the email sent out is missing details.  Which leads me to ask, how exactly does increasing the number lead to an increase in opportunities for diversity in the background of Board members?

Ratios of ethnicity, sex, employment ect that are involved in this industry is pretty stagnant.  If you are looking to add diversity in any of those areas, I would think that means you must create a rule that governs those extra seats to have specific requirments.  Otherwise the word “opportunity” really can just turn into more seats of the same thing.

In summary, are their qualifiers to fill those new seats?  Otherwise this is just an exercise of futility.

Marla -

   As a point of information, over the last several years, the Board of Trustees has included
   guidance to Nomination Committee in its charter that encourages diversity of background
   among the candidates put onto the election slates.

   The Board has not gone any further (e.g. establishing rules that govern the backgrounds
   of specific seats) instead leaving it to the membership to elect the candidates with the
   backgrounds it deems most appropriate.


John Curran
President and CEO


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