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The site has narrative written pieces describing Disney employees' experiences relating to acceptance, identity, diversity, gender, and other aspects. Fairly extensive information about the company's workforce-related and other diversity and inclusion efforts, including charts and news updates, is also available. Additional content involving child inventors and other inspirational subjects is also on the site. Many items focus on personal stories, and background on the larger diversity or other issues isn't always provided.
The site content stresses acceptance, diversity, and other positive themes.
Diversity and inclusion-related subjects are touched on, and various genders, races, and ethnicities are highlighted.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Reimagine Tomorrow is a site from Disney that outlines some of its diversity and inclusion efforts and features employees' experiences relating to race, sexual identity, and ethnic background. The site is free to access and easy to use -- most of the activities involve reading. Pages like the site's Featured Stories profiles are split up into sections, which helps make the content more manageable.
Is It Any Good?
Disney's site was designed to be a place where people from various socio-economic backgrounds and belief systems can learn from each other and showcase their creativity. According to a message from the company's CEO, Reimagine tomorrow features this content and much more. There's a fair amount of corporate-focused content the site -- kids may not be interested in the current gender representation statistics for the company's workforce -- but they might enjoy some of the more personal elements. In the Featured Stories section, for instance, employees "share the experiences that shaped them and the dreams that drive them," according to the site. The essay-like items are written in first-person, which could help kids be able to relate to the individual experiences that are being described. The pieces touch on topics such as being an actor on the autism spectrum, representation of lesbian characters in entertainment, and diversity in the workplace. Some include more than one inspirational angle -- such as an item involving the first female director of a feature film at Walt Disney Animation Studios, who describes being bulled when young and finding inspiration in Disney’s "Cinderella."
The site doesn't have an overwhelming amount of items -- kids can check out a few fan content posts and a section where artists from different backgrounds interpret a Disney song, or read about young innovators like a girl who developed a football helmet that helps prevent concussions. As of now, only about 10 employee-based Featured Stories are on the site. But that may change with time -- and the content that's currently available on Reimagine Tomorrow generally offers encouraging viewpoints and advice, which makes it worthwhile read.
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