Joint diversity council to meet in May

Making good on its promises during the regulatory review of its proposed joint venture with NBC Universal to be as diverse as possible, Comcast said Wednesday that it was creating a joint diversity council to advise executives across the company.

The council will be made up of four, nine-member advisory councils representing the interests of African-Americans, Asian- Americans, Hispanics and women.

The council also will have members representing the interests of veterans, Native Americans, people with disabilities as well as lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders.

“We are thrilled to have established the joint diversity council to advise us on our diversity initiatives,” said David Cohen, executive vice president and Comcast’s chief diversity officer.

“One of our key goals when establishing the council was to achieve a cross-section of viewpoints from multiple groups, including business, entertainment and media, and civil rights organizations.”

The various councils will focus on issues of corporate governance, workforce recruitment and retention, procurement, programming, and philanthropy.

The joint diversity council will meet for the first time in May and meet twice a year thereafter.

Among those who will serve on the councils are Marc Morial, prez and CEO of the National Urban League; Karen Narasaki, executive director of the Asian American Justice Center, Alba Martinez, vice chair of Vanguard; filmmaker Beni Matias; actress Sheryl Lee Ralph; Jarrett Tomas Barrios, CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation; and Sonny Skyhawk, chairman of American Indians in Film & Television.

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