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Institute for Diversity and Empowerment at Annenberg (IDEA)

Welcome to the new Institute for Diversity and Empowerment at Annenberg (IDEA)

  • Gateway to a cohort of faculty scholars, publications, research, coursework and programs that advance the USC Annenberg legacy of diversity and empowerment studies
  • Facilitating groundbreaking diversity research and opportunities for practitioner-scholar exchange
  • Workforce resource for skilled, diverse student talent
  • Partner to visionary sponsors committed to game changing scholarly research and to creating opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds

USC Annenberg Diversity Resources


Faculty with Diversity Expertise


Undergraduate Diversity Courses


Graduate Diversity Courses


Diversity Impact Programs, Initiatives & Institutes

USC Annenberg Diversity Impact Programs & Initiatives

Recent Commission: The CARD

The USC Annenberg Comprehensive Analysis and Report on Diversity (CARD) will serve as Hollywood’s diversity "report card," charting how the major entertainment players fare when it comes to hiring, casting and content. USC Annenberg researchers will catalog the chain of command at major media companies to examine diversity in executive suite decision-making. In addition, several aspects of on-screen diversity across film, TV, and digital content — such as gender, race/ethnicity, and LGBT representation — will be assessed and graded. The Media, Diversity & Social Change (MDSC) Initiative at USC Annenberg, led by Professor Stacy L. Smith, will oversee the analyses for the USC Annenberg CARD. 

USC Annenberg Student Diversity at a Glance


First Generation

Students who are first generation in their family to attend college


Historically Underrepresented

Aggregate: Native American-2%, Black/African American-9%, Hispanic-12%, Asian American-17%



Students representing countries beyond the United States



Female students enrolled across USC Annenberg undergraduate and graduate programs

Founding Funders

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

Become a Partner


Institute for Diversity and Empowerment at Annenberg (IDEA)
Sarah Banet-Weiser, Director
Cyrice Griffith, Program Manager
3502 Watt Way Suite 305
Los Angeles, CA 90089
Phone: 213.740.3951   Fax: 213.740.3913   Email: