Thursday, October 21, 2021

HFPA adds 21 new members amid ‘commitment to diversity and inclusion’

October 1 (WNN) — The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is welcoming 21 new members amid its ongoing “commitment to diversity and inclusion.”

The organization that presented the Golden Globes said on Friday that the visiting class of members is the largest and most diverse in its 78-year history.

Of the new members, 48% identify as women, 29% as black, 24% as Asian, 29% as Latinx and 19% as Middle Eastern/North African.

“We are thrilled to welcome these new members to our family,” said HFPA President Helen Hohen. “We are building a new organization that is not focused on meeting quotas, but has diversity and inclusion at its core, ethical conduct as the norm, and includes people of color in every aspect of the association – From membership to executive leadership. This is how we are developing an inclusive environment, and for us to make so much progress in six months is a testament to our membership and our dedication to making something better.”

New members will have immediate voting rights for the Golden Globes and will be able to join HFPA committees immediately.

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“As a committee, we are proud of this first class we have invited to join the revamped HFPA. They are a group of respected journalists from around the world who will bring a variety of unique perspectives to this organization ” Credentials committee member Travell Anderson said.

“That said, we believe this is the first step in a long process, and as a committee, we are excited to make our work a more inclusive and supportive collective in the coming weeks, months and years.” Anderson said.

The HFPA said it expects a similarly sized class in 2022.

In March, the HFPA announced plans for “transformative change” within the organization after criticism over its lack of diversity. The organization later pledged at least 13% of its members to be black.

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