The University of Southern California is an equal opportunity employer and educator, proudly pluralistic and firmly committed to providing equal opportunity for outstanding men and women of every race, creed and background. The university strives to maintain a community in which each person respects the rights of other people to live, work and learn in peace and dignity, be proud of who and what they are, and to have equal opportunity to realize their full potential as individuals and members of society. To this end, the university places great emphasis on those values and virtues that bind us together as human beings and members of the Trojan Family. The university enthusiastically supports this policy in its entirety, and expects that every person associated with the university will give continuing support to its implementation.

The university is committed to complying with all applicable laws and governmental regulations at every level of government which prohibit discrimination against, or which mandate that special consideration be given to, students and applicants for admission, or faculty, staff and applicants for employment, on the basis of any protected category, including race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical disability, mental disability, marital status, veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic which may be specified in such laws and regulations. Gender includes both the actual sex of an individual and that person’s gender identity, appearance or behavior, whether or not that identity, appearance or behavior is traditionally associated with that person’s sex at birth. This policy applies to all of the university’s educational programs and activities including admissions, and all personnel actions including but not limited to recruiting, hiring, promotion, demotion, compensation, benefits, transfers, layoffs, return from layoff, provision of leaves, training, education, tuition assistance and other programs. In addition, an otherwise qualified individual must not be discriminated against in, or excluded from, admissions, participation in educational programs and activities, or employment solely due to his or her disability.

KUSC is bound by the foregoing USC policy and also works to ensure that all levels of staff and governance are diverse. More than 50% of the KUSC staff is comprised of diversity candidates as defined in the USC policy. Approximately 9% of the KUSC audience is African-American and approximately 17% is Latino. An even larger percentage of our audience is likely Asian (although Nielsen Audio does not provide this important measurement). KUSC continues to ensure that qualified diversity candidates are in the applicant pool for all open positions, and interviews at least one qualified diversity candidate for each senior leadership position hire. In the next few years, KUSC will make a special effort to hire diversity candidates for open positions in programming as well as seeking to increase the diversity of its audience, since evidence suggests these are interrelated.