Results of our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion survey
Thank you to the large majority of you who completed our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion survey last month. This has enabled us to learn more specifically who we are and how our makeup compares to the audiences that we serve and the industry we are a part of.
The survey confirms that we are a diverse organization, but the Board believes we can and should do more to make sure that underrepresented voices are heard in our profession. We believe that our membership policies are inclusive and our makeup generally reflects those who work as film and television critics and journalists. Those who identify as LGBTQ and those who have disabilities are included in CCA at or above national averages. Women make up a third of our membership and people of color represent 25% of our membership. We would like to improve upon the latter figures, while still maintaining our overall standards for membership.
As we do not hire critics and journalists and do not create jobs, we are limited in the ways we can build on the diversity of CCA and make it even more reflective of our audiences. However, the Board wants to do what we can to be as inclusive as possible. Towards this end:
- We are invigorating our scholarship and mentoring program, wherein members work with college students to help them get started as critics. Please reach out Sara Voorhees at [email protected] for more information about how to participate in this program.
- If you personally know of qualified film and television critics and journalists who are women and/or people of color or members of other underrepresented groups, please encourage them to apply for CCA membership. All applications go through Jackie Cutler [email protected].
- We are opening up two seats on the Board of Directors to enable our leadership to better reflect the demographics of our membership. The bi-annual Board of Directors election process will begin later this month and a new message will go out detailing this process soon.
CCA values Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as an organization and seeks to be part of the solution as our industry tries to improve in this area. We are certainly a lot further along in this process than some other awards-giving groups. We are particularly proud of our track record as demonstrated by our Celebration of Black Cinema events, our annual SeeHer Award at the Critics Choice Awards, and our upcoming Celebration of Latin Cinema.
As always, Onward and Upward!
Critics Choice Association Board of Directors
Joey Berlin – CEO
John DeSimio – EVP