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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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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WOCA 2022 Research: How to Improve Representation of Women of Color in the Workplace 

Capital One and DiversityInc shared the results of their collaborative research report on women of color in the workplace at the 2022 annual Women of Color and Their Allies event held in Louisville on Sept. 21 in conjunction with Humana. Dr. Chris Parker, Head of Research & Data, DiversityInc, confirmed…

WOCA 2022: Executive Leaders Share Stories of Allyship for Women of Color

One of the best indicators of an organization’s success around diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) is leadership accountability for DEI. At our 2022 Women of Color and Their Allies event, DiversityInc’s Head of Strategic Partnerships, Anita Ricketts, was joined on stage by leaders who are holding themselves and their contemporaries…

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Too Poor to Die: The Rising Cost of Funerals 

Death is expensive.  For more than two decades, I have extensively written and reported about money-related content and even I was surprised at the cost of my mother’s funeral.  The median cost of a funeral with a viewing and burial is approximately $7,848. That doesn’t include the cost of the…

Video: How Companies Are Ensuring Equity for People With Disabilities

The National Organization on Disability held its annual forum in Washington, D.C. last week, bringing together community leaders, advocates, government officials and corporate leaders and influencers to focus on the advancement of people with disabilities in the workplace. DiversityInc also met up with leaders from Capital One Financial (No. 22…

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DiversityInc Announces 2022 Validated Allies

Allyship is a journey rather than a destination. The work of an ally never really ends and allies understand they are not necessarily always working toward a goal, but rather, serving a greater purpose. Each year, as part of our Women of Color and Their Allies event, DiversityInc recognizes a…

CDO Series: Sysco’s Adrienne Trimble

Following the murder of George Floyd, the role of Chief Diversity Officers has become more important as companies started to be more intentional with their diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, which has made the last few years tumultuous for many CDOs. In the latest installment of a series of articles…