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Comcast will be among the eight inaugural honorees of the AL DÍA Leaders in STEM recognition. Photo Courtesy of Comcast.
Comcast will be among the eight inaugural honorees of the AL DÍA Leaders in STEM recognition. Photo Courtesy of Comcast.

Comcast, and its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion

Through its variety of programs and initiatives, Comcast aims to provide opportunities for the diverse communities it serves and diversifying the STEM fields.

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To Comcast, diversity, equity and inclusion within a company structure is conducive to innovation and success. 

“Across our workforce, products and content, we embrace diversity of background, perspective, culture, and experience, and together with our partners, we are working to fight injustice and inequity against any race, ethnicity, gender or sexual identity, disability, or veteran status,” it reads on its website.

Through this commitment to diversity, Comcast works to hire, develop and advance strategies to ensure equitable practices and foster a workplace that reflects and supports its diverse workforce. 

According to its latest diversity stats, 45% of Comcast employees are people of color — 18.3% Black, 15.4% Hispanic/Latino, 7.5% Asian % Pacific Islander, 3.4% with at least 2 races, and 0.4% Indigenous. 

The demographics of its employees mirroring the city’s population is a key initiative at Comcast.

“Progress requires action, and we’re intentionally focused on ensuring our company reflects the communities we serve at all levels of our organization,” Loren Hudson, senior vice president and chief diversity officer for Comcast Cable, told AL DÍA. 

“We continue to invest in hiring, development, and advancement strategies to increase workforce diversity and enhance our inclusive culture,” she added. 

The goal is to ensure that more people from underrepresented backgrounds gain the skills and resources needed to start and grow their careers, creating a future of unlimited possibilities and opportunities. 

Comcast quantifies this effort throughout a variety of different programs and initiatives. 

In 2017, a group of seven Black technologists came together to create the BENgineers group, an extension of Comcast’s Black Employee Network ERG, that provides opportunities for Black employees to strengthen relationships with each other and the wider Comcast community. 

Three years prior, a network of women technologists and allies came together to launch TECHWomen to provide a platform for connect with one another across the company and contribute to the broader technology and innovation strategy, with a goal of inspiring a deeper impact within the company and communities. 

Comcast also hosts a Grows to Code program to offer engineering training to frontline employees and provide the skills and experience they need to transition their careers to STEM related fields. 

For nearly 15 years, Comcast has been a sponsor of FIRST Robotics, which enables the company to sponsor high schools who participate in the global robotics competition and offer mentorship and other learning opportunities to high school students to participate. Comcast also offers internships to high school students so they can see how a STEM education can turn into a career.

“We believe diversity of backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences can help us reimagine our business to educate, entertain, and empower now and in the future,” said Hudson. 

As it pertains to STEM awareness and education, Comcast also provides support to two local organizations — Philadelphia Skills Forward, part of the Commerce for Greater Philadelphia’s Recharge & Recover PHL Initiative to provide workers with training, skill development and employment opportunities; and HopeWorks, an organization that provides technical education and professional life coaching to young adults.

“As a media and technology company, we are committed to using the power of our platforms and people to create positive change towards a more equitable tomorrow – both inside and far beyond our walls,” added Hudson.    

Comcast is one the eight organizations that will be honored at the inaugural AL DÍA Top Leaders in STEM event for its contributions towards changing the diversity landscape of the STEM fields in the region.

The 2022 AL DÍA Top Leaders in STEM event will take place Wednesday, Aug. 10 at the Pyramid Club from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets to the inaugural event, click here

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