Diversity News

Clarence Thomas, the first Black person to graduate with a doctorate from the UF College of Journalism and Communications, is retiring from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) after more than 20 years, knowing his legacy will be his advocacy for diversity, inclusion and equity for those around him.

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Posted: April 7, 2021

While social media influencers tend to be related more to brand evangelism or financial exchange, Kamala Harris’ use of Twitter throughout the 2020 presidential campaign led to her current position as a social, cultural, and political influencer.

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Posted: March 30, 2021

Video: CJC Telecommunication Lecturer Iman Zawahry was interviewed on March 3, 2021 about being a Muslim filmmaker in the U.S., the challenges of affecting social change with comedy, and mentoring aspiring artists. The story also includes an edited transcript of the full video.

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Posted: March 18, 2021

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Journalism Assistant Professor Rachel Grant, Advertising Lecturer of Cultural Engagement Raegan Burden and Master’s student Spenser Cheek are the co-authors of “I Am Speaking: 2020 VP Nominee Kamala Harris’ Impact of Black Feminism as Social Influencers on Twitter” selected as the Top…

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Posted: March 18, 2021

Rachel Grant, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Journalism assistant professor, will be an instructor for the virtual “Black Women Journalists” course offered by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Nebraska Lincoln (UNL) on Feb. 16. Grant will discuss the contributions of Black female…

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Posted: February 11, 2021

Bernell Tripp, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Journalism associate professor, and doctoral student Yewande O. Addie are part of a team that has received a UF Research 2020: Advancing Racial Justice Through Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access at the University of Florida grant. The research proposal, “The…

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Posted: December 21, 2020

Mira Lowe, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications (UFCJC) assistant dean for student experiences and Innovation News Center director, contributed to “Graduates’ Prospects: Can Job Seekers Navigate the Pandemic-Battered Labor Market?” published in CQ Researcher on Dec. 4. The report focuses on career prospects for college graduates during the COVID-19 pandemic.…

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Posted: December 7, 2020

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Journalism Assistant Professor Rachel Grant and Journalism Associate Professor Bernell Tripp will be panelists at the 2020 online American Journalism Historian Association’s (AJHA) National Convention from Oct. 2-3. Grant, Felecia Jones Ross and Earnest Perry will be the panelists for “Black Women,…

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Posted: September 22, 2020

Rachel Grant, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Journalism assistant professor, will be a featured speaker at the University of Tennessee’s College of Communication and Information’s (CCI) 2020 Diversity & Inclusion Week. Grant’s presentation, “Contextualizing the History of the Black Lives Matter Movement,” will kick off the virtual…

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Posted: September 22, 2020

In this video interview, Dr. Rachel Grant discusses the new Narrative Justice Project and media’s coverage of racial injustice and its role in driving social change.

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Posted: August 14, 2020

Heading home with groceries recently in Gainesville, Florida, I darted my car onto a street in front of an oncoming SUV. A second later, there was a sheriff’s deputy behind me. No reason to believe he even noticed me, but yet my back stiffened in fright. With black men up to…

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Posted: July 14, 2020

Jasmine McNealy, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications associate director of the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project and Telecommunication associate professor, will moderate a conversation with #BlackLiveMatters founders Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi on June 25 at 6:30 p.m.

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Posted: June 24, 2020