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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, 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.

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Division Liaisons

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.

Evan Hughes
Interim Assistant Dean of Diversity & Inclusion
Media Arts + Practice

Lisa Mann
Expanded Animation and Digital Arts

Lan Duong
Cinema & Media Studies

Beverly Neufeld
Writing for Screen & Television

Gordon Bellamy
Interactive Media & Games Division

DJ Johnson
Media Arts + Practice

Suhail F. Kafity
Film & Television Production

Helaine Head
Film & Television Production

Bailey Cool
Peter Stark Producing Program

Desa Philadelphia
Director of SCA First Gen
USC Communications

Nicole Jefferson
Writing for Screen and Television

Rachel Levine
Animation and Digital Arts

Community & Engagement

The power of Diversity in the web series format explored at SCA.

Various Alumni
Alumni Profile

USC Games Launches Scholarship Fund to Honor African American Pioneer

Gerald Lawson
Fund Announcement

Director of box office hits such as Think Like a Man, Ride Along, Barber Shop, and Fantastic Four sat down with SCA students for a Q&A.

Tim Story
Our Voices

Student Stories

Queer Cut

Queer Cut

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Georgina Chiou

Georgina Chiou

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IME Becas announcement

IME Becas announcement

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Latinx Film & Media Association (LatiFam) (
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Asian Pacific American Student Assembly (
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Association of Indonesian Students (
Black Graduate Student Network (
Black Student Assembly at USC (
Brazilian Student Association (
Burmese Students' Association (
Chinese Graduate Student Association (
Chinese Student Association (
International Student Assembly (
International Students Latin America (
Iranian Graduate Student Association (
Japanese Student Association (
Korean American Student Association (
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Latina/o Student Assembly (
Pacific Islander Student Association (
Taiwanese American Organization (
Turkish Student Association (
Vietnamese Student Association (
Multicultural Greek Council (

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