Historically Black Colleges and Universities, an affectionate staple of higher learning within the African American community and mostly found down south and back east, is coming to Hollywood by way of the Entertainment Industry College Outreach Program (EICOP) with the help of SAG-AFTRA and the White House.
The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities recently announced a partnership with The Entertainment Industry College Outreach Program (EICOP) with the help of SAG-AFTRA to launch the HBCUs in L.A. Internship Program. The event was held at the SAG-AFTRA Plaza in Los Angeles.
Special guest included Dr. Kim Hunter Reed, Deputy Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Education, Acting Executive Director White House Initiative on HBCU’s; David White, National Executive Director, SAG-AFTRA; Stacy Milner, founder of EICOP and author of Leveraging UP! The Key to Launching Your Entertainment Career; Traci Blackwell, SVP Current Programming, CW Network; David Johns, Executive Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans; Mathew Knowles, Texas Southern, Entertainment and Recording Industry Management Program; Phyliss Craig-Taylor, Dean of Law School & Professor North Carolina Central University and an audience of Hollywood’s decision makers and executives.
HBCU’s in L.A. is the first program of its kind to take on Hollywood’s diversity pipeline problem at the collegiate level, which David White is a strong advocate of. The organization plans to advocate one of its core values to strengthen its diversity with HBCU’s in L.A.
Stacy Milner, founder of the Entertainment Industry College Outreach Program (EICOP) kicked off the conversation with the history of the White House Historically Black College Initiative which was enacted in 1980 by President Jimmy Carter which established a federal program “… to overcome the effects of discriminatory treatment and to strengthen and expand the capacity of historically black colleges and universities to provide quality education.”
Source: LA Sentinel