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Institute for Diversity and Empowerment (IDEA)

What is IDEA?

IDEA explores the role of media, the arts, and digital tools within struggles for identity, justice, and equity advancement. Our purpose is to serve and contribute to the quality of life of all those living and working in Los Angeles and beyond in their pursuits to forge communities, cultivate self-expression, mobilize resources, advance their concerns and stories, and generate awareness.  We educate and facilitate the involvement of everyone – especially students and young people – in the power of storytelling and new media, and the broadening of access to tools of creative disruption, cultural innovation, and media literacy and communication.

What We Do

IDEA offers a range of programming and projects focused on increasing students', media professionals', and community members' cultural aptitude and investment in social/economic/racial/gender justice. This is done through pedagogy, research, content creation/production, experiential learning, professional development, panels and workshops, and collaborations with unique partners.

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Want to get involved? See something we’re missing? Part of an organization that wants to connect with IDEA? Contact us below.

Institute for Diversity and Empowerment (IDEA)
Taj Frazier, Institute Director
3502 Watt Way ASCJ 326D
Los Angeles, CA 90089
Phone: 213.740.6595   Email:

Founding Funders

  • The James Irvine Foundation
  • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
  • The Norman Lear Foundation
  • USC Annenberg Dean’s Initiatives
  • And a generous anonymous funder

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