MasterClass Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
We learn from the best—and we are committed to being our best.
We want to live as global citizens in an equitable and just world where we listen to each other and learn from each other.
Our workplace, workforce, and marketplace approach demonstrate our commitment to move toward this ideal. The broad range of our instructors—and of the classes they teach—demonstrates our commitment to amplify and elevate diverse and disparate voices.
We stand against systemic racism, police brutality, and all acts of prejudice or violence targeting any group of people in our society and communities.
We believe in the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. But we also recognize that merely holding these beliefs is not enough. This is why we’ve committed to visible and deliberate action with these six steps.
Our team has come together to develop our initial commitments to action:
We will use our platform for change
MasterClass was founded on the belief that learning is for everyone. We've committed $2 million in funding toward creating content that educates on issues of social justice, inspires activism, and opposes systemic racism.
The launch of our three-part series, Black History, Black Freedom, and Black Love, begins fulfillment of this commitment. MasterClass will make this programming available to the public for free in 2022.
We will amplify diverse instructor voices
Our instructor roster—in every one of our subject categories—will consistently exceed the diversity of our society. Our goal is to achieve this representation through the next 200 instructors we bring to the platform.
Not every point of view will be shared by everyone. But every class will be an opportunity to learn. We encourage you to make your decision to watch accordingly.
We will help build the inclusive world that we wish to inhabit
We will develop and invest in additional strategies to build a workplace that is consistent with the diversity of the countries where we are based.
We will add our support to causes that champion diversity, equity, and inclusion
We have committed up to $500,000 per year for donations—and employee-directed donation matching—to individuals and organizations advancing a more equitable society.
We will create a company culture that further nourishes diversity, equity, and inclusion
We will hire dedicated resources to focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion, supporting our employee DEI group and our broader efforts in this area.
We will ensure the voices of everyone on our team can be heard
We commit to giving our team a full day off for state and federal elections, helping to ensure that they have time to cast their votes—and help others do the same.
This is a journey—and we’re far from its end. We will continue to measure and review our progress every quarter and review our funding annually. As we continue to grow, we’ll add to our responsibilities, continually challenging ourselves to drive change.