CBS has expanded its diversity initiative, hoping to cast a wider net through two new writer and director programs.

The two are part of the CBS Diversity Institute, which the Eye officially launched this week. The institute will house the new CBS Writers Mentoring Program and CBS Directing Initiative as well as the net’s pre-existing Minority Talent Showcases.

“The establishment of the Diversity Institute is an important step forward in CBS’ ongoing effort to develop talent as diverse as our audience,” CBS chairman-CEO Leslie Moonves said.

“We believe diversity is good business,” he continued. “Expanding and institutionalizing our programs to identify and nurture diverse talent in front of and behind the camera has meaningful benefits for the artists, for our programming and for all our key constituents.”

The Writers Mentoring Program will take 20 scribes and pair them with CBS execs, depending on their career goals. Candidates must submit applications by Sept. 15; participants will be chosen in December.

While being mentored, the participants will meet with showrunners, execs and agents, giving them a chance to develop a career plan.

The Directing Initiative will give aspiring helmers a chance to work closely with directors on various CBS shows. Net will accept applications for the program throughout the year.

As for the showcases, CBS has already produced five shows featuring African-American, Asian-Pacific American, Latino/Hispanic and Native American performers.

Eye will next hold a showcase with Latino/Hispanic talent at the Court Theater Oct. 8.

“The CBS Diversity Institute will offer participants the kind of access, experience and mentoring that participants cannot otherwise receive,” said Josie Thomas, CBS’ senior VP of diversity. “It’s a unique program that will focus primarily on the critical importance of relationship-building and understanding of how the Hollywood system works.”