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Military resource support group launches for Disney cast members

by Leah Zanolla
Jul 12, 2014

Disney has started a new diversity support group for their cast members at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland; the group launched in each location with a patriotic ceremony. The goals of the SALUTE group are to support cast members with military connections and to "help provide a military perspective that will enhance the cast and guest experience."

Disneyland offers six diversity resource groups to the cast; Walt Disney World offers seven. These groups share the "unique perspectives and contributions that diverse communities can offer."

The Disney Parks Blog shared the list of available groups and their goals:

- CastABLE: Promoting respect, equality and an appreciation of people with disabilities.
- COMPASS (Community of Pacific Islanders, Asians and Allies): Enhancing cast, guest and community relations through Asian and Pacific Islander cultural awareness and business practices.
- FAMILIES: Focusing on family-related interests. (Walt Disney World Resort only.)
- HOLA (Hispanic Organization for Leadership Advancement): Promoting Hispanic/Latino heritage and cultural exchange.
- PRIDE (People Respecting Individual Diversities in Everyone): Serving gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender cast members by providing resources, learning opportunities and a supportive network.
- PULSE (People United to Lead, Serve and Excel): Developing cultural, educational and professional opportunities for cast members of African heritage.

Walt Disney and his brother Roy were both in the armed forces in World War I - Walt served in the Ambulance Corps and Roy was in the Navy.

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