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April 15, 2021

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is a fundamental part of our corporate strategy that funnels down to all our businesses, and their relationships with external and internal stakeholders.

When it comes to discovering the best creative talent, we’re always looking at how we can support and develop visionary individuals of all backgrounds. By offering intensive workshops, meaningful mentorship and scholarship programs, NBCUniversal is committed to providing resources and opportunities for equal representation in media.


Media Partners

Our goal is to support a variety of community and media partners that drive the development in the next generation of diverse storytellers in front of the camera and behind-the-scenes in production roles.

Through a partnership with NBCUniversal, the GLAAD Media Institute provides training and consultation to create production solutions and framing experiences designed to deliver powerful and enduring affinity with the LGBTQ community. The GLAAD Media Institute collaborates with various NBCUniversal divisions and entertainment brands to provide feedback on production materials and guidance on how to best represent LGBTQ related topics.

For over a decade, the Geena Davis Institute has been the leading resource and thought leader on gender in media. NBCUniversal has partnered with the Geena Davis Institute in support of their mission of increasing and advocating for equal representation in media.

In order to increase equal representation on screen in Film & TV, we partner with several coalitions that consult on representation and depiction of characters in storylines and programs. Primary partners include: National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC), Coalition of Asian Pacific Entertainment (CAPE), the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP), the Barcid Foundation, and the Ruderman Foundation 

NBC News Group/Journalism

In January 2021, we launched NBCU Academy, a new initiative that provides four-year university and community college students, scholarships, education, on-campus training, online programming, funding for accredited journalism programs and access to world-class journalists from NBC News, MSNBC, CNBC and Telemundo. 

NBCU Academy is partnered with 17 academic universities, community colleges and institutions, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions and colleges with significant Latino, Asian American and Pacific Islander, Black, Indigenous and tribal populations – reaching students from underrepresented backgrounds. 


The NABJ Multimedia Short Course at North Carolina A&T State University is a four-day intensive journalism workshop which provides hands-on experience and practical guidance of what it takes to be successful multimedia journalists.  

The NABJ/NBC News Summer Fellowship gives students real world experience and exposure to our news divisions, which includes NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC.

Each Summer, NBCUniversal supports the annual Journalism Conferences with the following organizations: National Association of Black Journalists, Asian American Journalists Association, South Asian Journalists Association, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Native American Journalists Association, and the Online News Association. 

 Community Partners

At NBCUniversal, we have a robust partnership with Ghetto Film School, collaborating across departments to create opportunity and training to their students and graduates on both coasts.

Creative Summit: NBCUniversal’s Corporate Social Responsibility team and Filmed Entertainment Group design and execute a two-day Creative Summit in New York and Los Angeles for up to 100 GFS participants. Over the course of the two days, participants meet with creative professionals across various media and entertainment fields to gain knowledge about creative fields within NBCUniversal and insights in preparation for their own careers.

Fellows Film Program: NBCUniversal provides support to the Ghetto Film School Fellows Program, a visual storytelling course for high school students.

Roster & NBCU Talent Summit: This event presents an overview of the NBCUniversal/Ghetto Film School partnership and give Roster’s emerging talent actionable advice and dynamic contacts to build sustainable careers.

NBCUniversal Scholarship Fund: NBCUniversal provides annual scholarships to four students or graduates of the Ghetto Film School Fellows Film Program who are entering their freshman or sophomore year at an accredited four-year higher education institution.  


For the past five years, NBCUniversal has partnered with the CineCares Foundation to provide access to the film industry for youth from underserved communities in Chicago. Nine interns a year are provided with coaching and support for jobs on three NBC shows. After completing the 24-week paid internship program, participants can transition into full-time union crew membership.


NBCUniversal is proud to sponsor the following community organizations by providing scholarships to deserving students in underrepresented communities:

Student Veterans of America
American Association for People with Disabilities
Asian Pacific Islander American Scholars
Point Foundation
LULAC National Educational Service Centers (LNESC)
United Negro College Fund
American Indian College Fund


Saturday Night Live is hosting a series of scholarships to individuals from underrepresented backgrounds. The scholarships will cover performance and writing training, and provide access to SNL talent executives. Partners include The Second City, UCB, The Pit, and The Groundlings.