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At the USC School of Cinematic Arts, students and instructors are embracing difficult conversations about the film industry’s history.

USC schools bring diverse voices and perspectives into the classroom

University leaders describe their ongoing efforts to include more diversity in academia, re-imagining curriculums to bring in viewpoints that have historically been overlooked.

University leaders describe their ongoing efforts to include more diversity in academia, re-imagining curriculums to bring in viewpoints that have historically been overlooked.

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Artist Sara Finney-Johnson, moderator Anita Dashiell-Sparks and artist Anthony Sparks

Fade to Black: Representations of Black family in drama and comedy

Showrunners Anthony Sparks BFA '94 and Sara Finney-Johnson work to create positive depictions of Black life on screen.

Showrunners Anthony Sparks and Sara Finney-Johnson work to create positive depictions of Black life on screen.

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SDA Anti-Racism & Advocacy Challenge

The School participates in a 30-day challenge, the SDA Anti-Racism & Advocacy Challenge, which inspired by the Justice in June initiative.

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Ella Fitzgerald Scholarship advances equity and diversity in musical theatre

Funded by the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, this endowed award is a first for the USC School of Dramatic Arts’ BFA Musical Theatre program.

Funded by the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, this endowed award is a first for the USC School of Dramatic Arts’ BFA Musical Theatre program.

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Michelle Jones Simms and Ngoc Nguyen

TIME’S UP shares about advocating for a safe and equitable entertainment industry

Speakers Michelle Jones Simms and Ngoc Nguyen encourage students with ways in which they can be a part of creating a fair and dignified workplace during a conversation in spring.

Speakers Michelle Jones Simms and Ngoc Nguyen encourage students with ways in which they can be a part of creating a fair and dignified workplace during a conversation in spring.

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Moving forward, together

The USC School of Dramatic Arts strengthens its commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion with the help of its community.

The USC School of Dramatic Arts strengthens its commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion with the help of its community.

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Looking to the dramatic arts in pursuit of a better world

Institute for Theatre & Social Change's second annual conference reaffirms the power of theatre to encourage change

Institute for Theatre & Social Change’s MIS/TAKEN IDENTITIES conference reaffirms the power of theatre to encourage change.

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