Diversity, inclusion and respect of differences, including race and ethnicity, gender and gender identities, sexual orientation, and disability, are foundational tenets of the USC School of Cinematic Arts (SCA). SCA is an internationally recognized institution and a leader in the fields of cinematic arts, games, emergent media forms and media scholarship. While entertainment industries including film, television and interactive media have deep histories in progressive social politics, current cultural discussions about the state of mainstream media industries indicate that much work needs to be done to challenge and change existing paradigms around power, privilege and inclusion. Recognized as a pipeline to the media industries and graduate media programs, SCA is uniquely positioned to play a leadership role in preparing the next generation of media producers and scholars to critically engage with issues of diversity and build inclusive creative and scholarly communities within media industries and academia. SCA embraces this opportunity to influence the wider community of media creators and scholars. In 2016 SCA formed the Council for Diversity & Inclusion to address how our community can foster a more inclusive environment, and in 2018 named Christine Acham Assistant Dean of Diversity & Inclusion.
USC is located in one of our nation’s most vibrant and diverse cities, and we recognize the need for our institution to reflect the complex and multifaceted richness of our surrounding communities in terms of students, staff, faculty and community partners. SCA is committed to cultivating a diverse and inclusive learning environment at all institutional levels. We promote diversity and inclusion in the recruitment and training of all faculty members and believe that celebrating diversity within our student population will open critical and constructive dialogues about difference that enhance our creative and scholarly work. We also understand that support staff play a vital role in the SCA community and, therefore, the same attention needs to be paid to diversity among staff members. We define diversity to include age, race, ethnicity, physical ability, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, country of origin, veteran status, religious practice, and political ideology. SCA seeks to weave a philosophy of inclusion and respect for difference into the fabric of our community; take a leadership role in areas of diversity and inclusion across the university; and establish a model for media industries to empower different voices and perspectives.
The Council for Diversity & Inclusion meets monthly and we invite participation among students, staff and faculty. To find out more about this semester’s meeting schedule, or to become involved in SCA’s diversity and inclusion initiatives, click to contact link below to send us an email. For guidelines on how to report an issue related to diversity and inclusion, see our Frequently Asked Questions and Answers/Guidelines, or contact any of the following Division Liaisons.
SCA BlackNLA Resource Guide
This guide was created with the help of BlackNLA.com, an online community that promotes and celebrates businesses in Los Angeles' diverse Black communities. SCA graduate students from the Peter Stark Producing Program, Taylor Yarber-Smith and Maria Warith-Wade, proposed the idea and the Office of Communication and PR helped to build it. The guide will continue to grow as more resources are regularly added.
View Guide: http://www.blacknla.com/sca/index.php
Each division within the School of Cinematic Arts designates a Diversity & Inclusion Liaison to represent the interest of students concerning issues of diversity and inclusion. We encourage students to contact their division representative to report a problem or talk about any issues relating to diversity and inclusion within the SCA community.
Interim Assistant Dean of Diversity & Inclusion
Media Arts + Practice
Animation & Digital Arts
Cinema & Media Studies
Writing for Screen & Television
Interactive Media & Games Division
Media Arts + Practice
Suhail F. Kafity
Film& Television Production
Film& Television Production
Peter Stark Producing Program
Grants and International Programs
Community & Engagement
Director Jon Chu and Chairman/CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment, Kevin Tsujihara, brought a screening of Crazy Rich Asians to SCA opening night.
April 19, 2021, 1:30-2:30 PM
We hope to see you all at the last SCA Council on Diversity & Inclusion meeting of the semester on Monday, April 19th at 1:30 pm. This meeting is open to the SCA community and we highly encourage SCA students, staff, and faculty to attend. The first part of the meeting will focus on business and information about Council initiatives, followed by Q&A discussion. To ensure the safest possible space for meetings and discussion we will use the webinar format.
Please email email@example.com if you would like to add an agenda item. Thank you for your continued support!
Asian American Cinema Association (firstname.lastname@example.org)
African American Cinema Society (email@example.com)
Women of Cinematic Arts (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Queer Cut (email@example.com)
Afghan Student Association (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Armenian Students Association (email@example.com)
Asian Pacific American Student Assembly (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Asian Pacific Graduate Student Association (email@example.com)
Association of Indian Students (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Association of Indonesian Students (email@example.com)
Black Graduate Student Network (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Black Student Assembly at USC (email@example.com)
Brazilian Student Association (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Burmese Students' Association (email@example.com)
Chinese Graduate Student Association (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Chinese Student Association (email@example.com)
International Student Assembly (firstname.lastname@example.org)
International Students Latin America (email@example.com)
Iranian Graduate Student Association (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Japanese Student Association (email@example.com)
Korean American Student Association (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Latino Graduate Student Association (email@example.com)
Latina/o Student Assembly (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Pacific Islander Student Association (email@example.com)
Taiwanese American Organization (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Turkish Student Association (email@example.com)
Vietnamese Student Association (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Multicultural Greek Council (email@example.com)