The USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism has launched the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, a research and advocacy think tank focused on increasing diversity on screen, behind the camera and in music.
The initiative, announced Nov. 16, will be led by Stacy L. Smith and builds on the success of her groundbreaking Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative.
“Our new name reflects our continued and unwavering commitment to championing inclusion in all forms — including but not limited to gender, race/ethnicity, LGBT, disability and now mental health — across the media industry at a time when the climate makes it clear that our solutions are more needed now than ever,” Smith said.
“We are eager for companies and individuals to work with us to understand where there are glaring inequities and determine how best to solve them.”
In addition to a new name, the initiative announced the formation of an advisory board including leaders from top entertainment companies such as The Walt Disney Co., NBC, Sony Pictures and HBO, as well as notable foundations.
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