Gina Prince-Bythewood
Gina Prince-Bythewood is the first Black woman to direct a comic book movie. (Photo by David Buchan/Variety/Shutterstock)

News Roundup: Diversity in Comic Films and Aviation, High Demand for CDOs, and Talking About Race

Check out our news roundup of diversity and inclusion updates and insights from across the U.S.:

The First Black Woman to Direct a Comic Book Movie: Gina Prince-Bythewood

Gina Prince-Bythewood directed “The Old Guard,” a film adapted for the screen by Greg Rucka from the graphic novels he collaborated on with Leandro Fernandez. This is not Prince-Bythewood’s first film, however it’s the first comic-book movie directed by a Black woman. “I love the fact that it’s this group of warriors from different cultures and backgrounds and sexual orientations and genders who have come together organically to save humanity,” Prince-Bythewood told The Washington Post.

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Turnover for Chief Diversity Officers is High

Chief Diversity Officers (CDOs) are in high demand now more than ever, but there is also very high turnover due to a lack of resources and actionable advocacy, according to the Wall Street Journal. WSJ’s Darren Everson spoke with Black professionals for this piece to get their personal experiences in the workplace as well as what types of changes they would like to see moving forward.

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Talking About Race: Words You Should Know 

Business Insider brings you 16 words everyone should know about race, gender and diversity, from allyship to heteronormativity. The author of the piece considers this list to be just a starting point for education on these issues. Words can be used to either empower people or exclude them from conversations, writes Marguerite Ward. 

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Related Story: Southern Company’s Chris Womack, Merck’s Steve Mizell and AT&T’s Dave Fine on the Road to Allyship

University of Pennsylvania Hires Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science hired Camillo Jose Taylor, its first ever Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, according to The Daily Pennsylvanian. Taylor teaches in the school’s Computer and Information Science department. As dean, Taylor will focus on making pipelines of faculty recruitment more diverse, creating a more inclusive environment overall, and establishing diversity goals and assessment tools.

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The U.S. Navy Just Got Its First Black Female Tactical Jet Pilot

Madeline Swegle is officially the U.S. Navy’s first Black female tactical jet pilot in naval aviation’s 110 years. She will be able to fly fighter jets such as the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, the F-35C Joint Strike Fighter or the EA-18G Growler, CNN reports.

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Humana Reports Second Quarter 2020 Financial Results; Continues Proactive Relief Efforts Amid Pandemic

Originally posted on humana.com.  Ongoing actions to support its members, providers, employees, and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, including the donation of an additional $150 million to the Humana Foundation to address social determinants of health in an effort to promote more healthy days and encourage greater health equity Reports…

BASF South East Asia joins ZDHC Foundation to Scale up Sustainability in the Leather, Textile, and Footwear Industry

Originally published on BASF.com BASF South East Asia now a “Contributor” in the Chemical Industry category of the ZDHC Foundation to help develop and implement chemical guidelines and solutions Haptex, BASF’s innovative polyurethane solution for synthetic leather, now certified ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® BASF South East Asia has joined the ZDHC…

AT&T Summer Camp

Originally published on ATT.com Welcome to AT&T Summer Camp For kids across the country, summer camp is something to look forward to all year long. It’s a time when they connect with friends, try new things, discover untapped talents and grow as individuals. This summer, we’re reimagining the summer camp…

Southern Company: Low-Income Natural Gas Customers to Receive $1 Million in Energy Assistance Support from Atlanta Gas Light

Originally published on southerncompany.com. Under a mechanism created by the Georgia Public Service Commission last year, Atlanta Gas Light is allocating $1 million for supplemental low-income energy assistance, which will be distributed to qualifying agencies that support customers who need help paying natural gas bills, repairing or replacing natural gas appliances…