On Oct. 3, The President’s Commission on Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI), co-chaired by Dr. Graciela Slesaransky-Poe, professor of Education, and Joseph Sun, director of Strategic Initiatives, welcomed Maya Litwin to campus to present an analysis of representation in childrens’ television. The discussion focused on Steven Universe, an animated, coming-of-age series on Cartoon Network.
Litwin, who manages Consumer Marketing Insights and Strategy at Cartoon Network, specializes in adolescent trends, interests, and fan practices. She is helping the network produce more inclusive programming.
Litwin wrote her undergraduate thesis on “Steven Universe” and the show’s pro-social impact on young, underrepresented viewers.