THE D&I Roundup from COLOR – December Edition Part I

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In this issue, Florida Lawmakers pitch CDO position, the Golden Globes tackles its diversity issues with first-ever CDO, The White House focuses on equity in pay, and COLOR invites past AIA honorees to join the Winner’s Circle!

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Florida Lawmakers Pitch Chief Diversity Officer Position

Democrats in the Florida Legislature are pushing Republican leadership to create a position of Chief Diversity Officer to join the ranks of state leadership. In 2022, lawmakers will consider a proposal to establish a statewide diversity and inclusion office in Florida. If approved by Republican leadership, Florida would become the latest state to appoint a diversity executive. Delaware, New Jersey, Oregon and Virginia are among 20 others who’ve already done so. The number of diversity roles in corporate America are up 71% over the last five years, underscoring a nationwide shift of corporate perspective.

Golden Globes Hires First Ever Chief Diversity Officer

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the body responsible for the Golden Globes, has brought in its first Chief Diversity Officer as part of its ongoing mission to combat the perception that it has a demographic problem merely because it was revealed in February that the HFPA

counted not a single Black person among its membership—which led NBC to drop the award show and Tom Cruise to send back his trophies.

White House Diversity Strategic Plan Focuses on Equity in Hiring and Pay

The Biden administration on Nov. 23, published its strategic plan to improve diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility in the federal government, laying out a series of strategies that align closely with efforts already underway to revitalize the federal workforce.

The report, first reported on by FCW, is mandated by President Biden’s executive order aimed at improving diversity in the federal workforce and equity in the delivery of government services. It is the first update to the government’s diversity priorities since 2011.

Sesame Street Introduces First-Ever Asian American Character

PBS franchise Sesame Street introduced its first Black family (father and son Wes and Elijah Walker) earlier this year. And now, Sesame Street announced on Nov. 16, will soon be even more diverse and inclusive with the introduction of the company’s first-ever Asian American character — a music-loving, skateboard-obsessed 7-year-old named Ji-Young. In addition to the introduction of Ji-Young, Sesame Street’s Thanksgiving Day special will also include appearances from Shang-Chi actor Simu Liu, chef and Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi and tennis superstar Naomi Osaka.

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