All Articles Tagged "diversity initiatives"
Hollywood is a tough nut to crack. Finding fame and fortune can prove elusive, and even getting an opportunity is all but an impossibility. But some companies have seen the struggle and committed themselves to lending a helping hand. Diversity initiatives have offered a proven path for African-American, Latinos and Native Americans to launch careers in television and film. The following are some of the most popular programs we found.
The Guy Hanks and Marvin Miller Writing Program
Bill Cosby has developed a reputation for helping those who need help within and outside of Hollywood. He first opened doors with his groundbreaking sitcom, “The Cosby Show”. Shortly after that program ended he and his wife Camille established The Guy Hanks and Marvin Miller Writing Program at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. It was named in honor of Camille’s father, Guy Alexander Hanks and Cosby’s producer, Marvin Miller. It’s a fifteen-week intensive workshop with a two-fold purpose: 1) To assist writers in the completion of a film or television script. 2) To deepen the participants appreciation for and comprehension of African American history and culture.
(New York Times) — Q. Is it a good idea to get involved with affinity groups — for example, a group representing African-American women or Latino men?
A. Affinity groups can help you personally and professionally as long as the group doesn’t exist solely as a way for members to meet and socialize with one another. Steer yourself toward groups that have executive sponsors and a strategic intent to help the business with issues like recruiting, product development and marketing, said Peter J. Aranda III, chief executive of the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, which helps universities identify and recruit underrepresented minorities for M.B.A. programs. “Affinity groups can operate like focus groups,” Mr. Aranda said, “advising the company how to communicate with and market their products to different populations and what mistakes they may be making.”
(Washington Post) – The Interior Department is implementing new workplace rules for diversity and inclusion amid years of reports that it hasn’t done a good job hiring and promoting minorities. A study conducted by the department’s black employees last year found that Interior was the only Cabinet-level agency falling below “relevant civilian labor force” representation for African Americans and was experiencing more departures of black employees than new hires.