Congressional Hispanic Caucus Hosting Roundtable on Hollywood Diversity

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus said that it will conduct a series of diversity roundtables over the next few months, including one that will focus on entertainment.

The other meetings will focus on telecommunications, finance and technology. The purpose of the roundtables “is to hear directly from industry leaders about best practices being used to increase diversity as well as policies that Congress can enact.”

The caucus tied the announcement of the roundtables to Sunday’s Oscar telecast, noting that this is the second year in a row that no person of color was nominated in the acting categories.

Sen. Bob Menendez, co-chair of the caucus diversity and inclusion task force, said in a statement that “it should come as no surprise that corporations are reaping record profits by marketing goods and services to minority communities, but when we look at the number of people of color on corporate boards, or in executive leadership, we are rarely represented fairly.”

Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, a member of the task force, said that the roundtables “will foster important conversations that will give business leaders the tools and practices to increase diversity and strengthen their organizations.”

The dates of the roundtables, and their participants, are being planned.

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