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STATEMENT FROM ACADEMY PRESIDENT CHERYL BOONE ISAACS

I’d like to
acknowledge the wonderful work of this year’s nominees.  While we
celebrate their extraordinary achievements, I am both heartbroken and
frustrated about the lack of inclusion. This is a difficult but
important conversation, and it’s time for big changes. The Academy is
taking dramatic steps to alter the makeup of our membership.  In the
coming days and weeks we will conduct a review of our membership
recruitment in order to bring about much-needed diversity in our 2016
class and
beyond.

As many of
you know, we have implemented changes to diversify our membership in the
last four years. But the change is not coming as fast as we would like.
 We need to do more, and better and more quickly. 

This isn’t
unprecedented for the Academy. In the ‘60s and ‘70s it was about
recruiting younger members to stay vital and relevant. In 2016, the
mandate is inclusion in all of its facets: gender, race, ethnicity and
sexual
orientation. We recognize the very real concerns of our community, and I
so appreciate all of you who have reached out to me in our effort to
move forward together.