HBCU Spotlight: Ida Muldrow, Costume Designer, Disney Live Entertainment

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Disney is a place of storytelling and where our favorite stories come to life! When you visit a Disney theme park or resort, the costumes, or uniforms, that cast members wear are an extension of the immersive stories and experiences we create for our guests. For Ida, Costume Designer with Disney Live Entertainment, an exciting opportunity to tell a new story through costume came last year allowing her to revisit a lived experience to create an authentic outcome.

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HBCU Spotlight: Tai McEachin, Proprietor, Entertainment – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

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Tai’s Disney career is rooted in childhood memories of visiting the parks with her family. From two Disney Internships and a career spanning 15 at Walt Disney World® Resort, there was never a specific role in mind for Tai. Instead, her focus was on being the best version of herself in each role she held, and her desire to create the same happiness and memories for others that sparked her career. Today, Tai serves as the Entertainment Proprietor at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park leading atmosphere entertainment and operations that lead to exciting moments for guests and an inclusive workplace for her cast.

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Episode 4: Disney Diversity, Equity & Inclusion – Disney on the Yard and Business Employee Resource Groups

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At Disney, inclusion is for everyone. We strive to design work environments that inspire optimism and drive innovation for all employees at all levels. And because we recognize that maintaining an inclusive, supportive workplace requires mindful attention and intention, we continually adapt to the evolving needs of our people. To discuss the opportunities available for our cast members, crew, Imagineers, and employees, as well as our external audience in the diversity, inclusion, and equity space, we are joined by Corey Savage, Senior Outreach & Engagement Manager, and LaJoy Mercer, Technical Recruiter as they share their experience and how they have seen this evolve while with The Walt Disney Company.

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HBCU Spotlight: James Smartt Jr., Content Production Undergraduate Associate

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Meet James, a graduate of Morehouse College working as a Digital Content Production Intern with Disney’s Global Talent Acquisition Marketing. In this role, James supports the creation of content and visual aids attracting candidates to open roles across The Walt Disney Company. In addition to his internship responsibilities, James is excited to make a positive impact on those around him and give back to current HBCU students. Learn more about James and his contributions to Disney on the Yard and The Walt Disney Company.

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Disney on the Yard Supports the Cricket MEAC/SWAC Challenge

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Disney on the Yard is back on the road! Recently, the team headed to Atlanta, GA to help Alabama State University and Howard University kick off football season at the Cricket MEAC/SWAC Challenge! The Cricket MEAC/SWAC Challenge is an annual season kickoff event showcasing a team from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), the prominent conferences of HBCU athletics and NCAA Division I schools. And of course, Drum Major Mickey Mouse tagged along for the exciting, and jam-packed weekend.

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HBCU Spotlight: Jordan Waddell, Merchandising Project Manager, Development, Optimization & Standards, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products

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Jordan classifies himself as non-traditional. From his decision to attend North Carolina A&T to the beginning of his career at Walt Disney World. The North Carolina native is proof of Disney’s long-standing relationships with historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Lear how after attending a career fair for extra credit, the relationship between Jordan and his future employer was sealed.

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Disney on the Yard Kicks Off HBCU Summer College Program

Drum Major Mickey at the Disney on the Yard HBCU Summer College Program Kicks Off event, Text: Inspire a better world through the power of stories.

This summer, Disney on the Yard launched its inaugural Disney on the Yard Summer College Program with participants representing 35 HBCUs. This program is a part of Disney’s beloved college program in which students gain on-the-job experience through uniquely Disney learning experiences and is also a testament to The Walt Disney Company’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in action. Connected to this commitment, Disney also provides philanthropic support of HBCUs by funding scholarships and providing other direct grants.

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