Inclusion and Equity
Advocacy Groups and Associations
The following is provided for informational purposes only. Inclusion on this list does not, in and of itself, indicate endorsement by the Guild.
AAJA (Asian American Journalists Association): Mission is to encourage Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to enter the ranks of journalism, to work for fair and accurate coverage of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and to increase the number of Asian American and Pacific Islander journalists and news managers in the industry.
African American Women in Cinema: African American Women in Cinema is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support minority women filmmakers by providing resources in the film industry.
American Indian Film Institute: The American Indian Film Institute (AIFI) is a non-profit media arts center founded in 1979 to foster understanding of the culture, traditions and issues of contemporary Native Americans. Today, AIFI is the major Native American media and cultural arts presenter in California and its festival is the world's oldest and most recognized international film exposition dedicated to Native American cinematic accomplishment.
Alliance for Women in Media: American Women in Radio and Television is a national, non-profit organization that extends membership to qualified professionals in the electronic media and allied fields. AWRT's mission is to advance the impact of women in the electronic media and allied fields by educating, advocating and acting as a resource to its members and the industry.
ALMA: Founded in 1989, is a union for writers in Spain whose mission is to educate Spanish TV and Film writers on the importance their writing has within the audio visual world.
Black Hollywood Education Resources Center: The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center, a nonprofit, public benefit organization, is designed to advocate, educate, research, develop, and preserve the history, and the future, of blacks in the film and television industries.
Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment: CAPE is dedicated to advancing diversity and creating social change by actively developing, promoting and positioning Asian Pacific Americans for key artistic and leadership roles in the entertainment industry and media arts.
Color Of Change Hollywood: Color Of Change is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. COC Hollywood collaborates with like-minded insiders and influencers to change representations of Black people—and issues affecting Black people—across the media landscape..
Emma L. Bowen Foundation for Minority Interests in Media: The Emma L. Bowen Foundation was created in 1989 to prepare minority youth for careers in the media industry. The Foundation's program is unlike traditional intern programs in that students work for partner companies during summers and school breaks from the summer following their junior year in high school until they graduate from college. During the five-year program, students have an opportunity to learn many aspects of corporate operations and develop company-specific skills. Corporations have an opportunity to train and mentor students with the option of fulltime employment upon completion of their college degrees.
GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) - Media training services: GLAAD's media training curricula cover a broad range of media skills, from the basics of strategizing your own media plan, to improving your media skills, to monitoring your local media.
International Women's Writing Guild: The IWWG, founded in 1976, is a network for the personal and professional empowerment of women through writing and open to all regardless of portfolio.
ITVS: The Independent Television Service (ITVS) brings to local, national and international audiences high-quality, content-rich programs created by a diverse body of independent producers. ITVS programs take creative risks, explore complex issues, and express points of view seldom seen on commercial or public television. ITVS programming reflects voices and visions of underrepresented communities and addresses the needs of underserved audiences, particularly minorities and children.
Latino Public Broadcasting: Latino Public Broadcasting supports the development, production, acquisition and distribution of non-commercial educational and cultural television that is representative of Latino people, or addresses issues of particular interest to Latino Americans
MANAA (Media Action Network for Asian Americans): is part of the Multi-Ethnic Media Coalition and Asian Pacific American Media Coalition which regularly meets with the top four television networks (ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox) to encourage diversity in their programming. The organization also serves to support, encourage, and promote, Asian Pacific American talent in both the media and the arts, and advocate their increased employment in these fields.
Media Access Awards: The Media Access Office was established in 1980 by the California Governor's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, and entertainment and media industry professionals. They recognized the need to provide a liaison between performers with disabilities and the media and entertainment industry.
MOST: (Muslims On Screen and Television): A resource center that provides research, data and expert consultations, free of charge, for Television, Film and New Media Writers and Producers on any character or storyline pertaining to Muslims and Islam.
NABJ (National Association of Black Journalists): NABJ, the nation's largest organization of journalists of color, was founded by 44 men and women on Dec. 12, 1975, in Washington, D.C.
NAHJ (National Association of Hispanic Journalists): The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) is dedicated to the recognition and professional advancement of Hispanics in the news industry. Established in April 1984, NAHJ created a national voice and unified vision for all Hispanic journalists.
NAJA (Native American Journalists Association): The oldest and largest international organization for indigenous journalists.
NALIP (National Association of Latino Independent Producers): (NALIP) is a national membership organization that addresses the professional needs of Latino/Latina independent producers. NALIP is the first such effort aimed at Latino production in thirty years, and it is the first to last more than one year and to provide ongoing support for the Latino independent film and video makers.
NLGJA (The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association): Founded in 1990, NLGJA is an organization of journalists, media professionals, educators and students that works within the news industry to foster fair and accurate coverage of LGBT issues. NLGJA opposes all forms of workplace bias and provides professional development to its members.
NBPC (National Black Programming Consortium): NBPC funds, commissions, acquires and awards grants to producers and directors of quality films and video projects that reflect African Americans and the African Diaspora.
New York Women in Film & Television: New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) is a nonprofit membership organization for professional women in film, television and new media. A champion of women's rights, achievements and points of view in the film and television industry, NYWIFT is an educational forum for media professionals, and a network for the exchange of information and resources.
Organization of Black Screenwriters: The Organization of Black Screenwriters, Inc. (OBS) began in 1986 to address the lack of black writers represented within the entertainment industry. Our primary function is to assist screenwriters in the creation of works for film and television and to help them present their work to the industry.
Pacific Islanders in Communications: The mission of Pacific Islanders in Communications is to support, advance, and develop Pacific Island media content and talent that results in a deeper understanding of Pacific Island history, culture, and contemporary challenges.
Pride @ Work: National Pride at Work is affiliated as the newest constituency group of the AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor & Congress of Industrial Organizations). The purpose of Pride at Work is to mobilize mutual support between the organized Labor Movement and the LGBT Community around organizing for social and economic justice.
Visual Communications: The mission of Visual Communications is to promote intercultural understanding through the creation, presentation, preservation and support of media works by and about Asian Pacific Americans. Visual Communications was created with the understanding that media and the arts are important vehicles to organize and empower communities, build connections between generations, challenge perspectives, and create an environment for critical thinking, necessary to build a more just and humane society.
Women in Film: is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting equal opportunities for women, encouraging creative projects by women, and expanding and enhancing portrayals of women in all forms of global media. Given that women comprise 50 percent of the population, WIF's ultimate goal is to see the same gender parity reflected on and off screen. Founded in 1973, WIF focuses on advocacy and education, provides scholarships, grants and film finishing funds and works to preserve the legacies of all women working in the entertainment community.
Women Make Movies: Established in 1972 to address the under representation and misrepresentation of women in the media industry, Women Make Movies is a multicultural, multiracial, non-profit media arts organization which facilitates the production, promotion, distribution and exhibition of independent films and videotapes by and about women. The organization provides services to both users and makers of film and video programs, with a special emphasis on supporting work by women of color. Women Make Movies facilitates the development of feminist media through an internationally recognized Distribution Service and a Production Assistance Program.
Writers Guild Foundation & Shavelson-Webb Library: The WGF is a 501 (c) 3 charitable and educational organization, closely associated with the Writers Guild of America West, whose mission is to preserve and promote excellence in writing and to advance the recognition of the writer's unique contribution to the art of film and television. In addition to the Library, the WGF has educational outreach programs and screenwriting events including Writers on Writing, an ongoing interview series with writers; two major award nominee panels, Sublime Primetime (Emmys) and Beyond Words (Writers Guild and Academy Awards); craft days with workshops, screenings and established writers as speakers; and special events, including the Living Legends Festival, which includes screening and Q&A with screenwriters of classic films.