DEI

Diversity, Equity
and Inclusion

Diversity at Grady College

From the Office of Dean Charles Davis: Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, one of the nation’s leading schools of its kind, views faculty, staff, and student diversity and inclusion to be core values of our work and learning environments. Diversity creates opportunities for intellectual stimulation, tough conversations, learning, growth and innovation that subsequently enable our students to become effective leaders and well-rounded citizens. The College counts among its alumni Charlayne Hunter-Gault (ABJ ’63), the first black woman to attend the University of Georgia.  We know our history and we know that at Grady College, diversity, intersectionality and inclusion make us stronger.

Being a state institution we aim to serve the population of all corners of our state. As Georgia and our nation become more diverse, we must reflect the communities, stakeholders and audiences we serve and the students we teach. We recognize that diversity empowers excellence in our core missions of teaching, research and service and that it is supported by actively ensuring underrepresented voices are heard and varied experiences valued.

While our commitment to diversity is evident in the many programs and initiatives we have developed, there is still more work to do to make it an ingrained, everyday part of our culture. We look forward to your partnership to create opportunities and to build an inclusive culture for our College and, as a result, for our professions and industries.

The Grady College Diversity Committee, made up of faculty, staff and students, guides the college in its diversity initiatives through programming and long-term planning. A diversity director helps implement the diversity committee’s initiatives while focusing on recruiting a diverse student body.

Grady College maintains a comprehensive, college-wide diversity plan that outlines specific plans to meet the following goals:

• increasing the number of multicultural students, faculty and staff;

• extending outreach to high school students and their parents;

• expand partnerships that increase diversity-related research and program initiatives with businesses, communities and organizations;

• integrate diversity and inclusion into established systems of accountability.Grady College also hosts a variety of student clubs focusing on diverse students including the UGA chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), UGA chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) and Infusion Magazine.

Diversity Plan at Grady College

In accordance with UGA’s Institutional Diversity Plan (2011-2016):

Diversity includes, but is not limited to, groups defined by race, nationality, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, language, religion, disability and/or health status, gender identity/expression, veteran status, geographic origins and socioeconomic status. (p. 5)

The College’s Diversity Plan The College’s Diversity plan was created in 2000 is regularly updated and approved by full faculty.

This plan builds upon previous Grady College efforts. Our goals and plan are written to align with the College’s Strategic Plan, the Strategic Plan of the University of Georgia and in concert with the mission and goals of UGA’s Office of Institutional Diversity.

The goal of the diversity plan is to create a culture of diversity where all people are valued. To that end, it is important to acknowledge that the model for U.S. education, businesses and the media professions is and has historically been structured using a Eurocentric, heterosexual, masculine and Christian model. While there is nothing inherently wrong with this fact, this culture is institutionalized in practices and norms that reflect its designers and remains the dominant cultural force in higher education. Students, faculty and staff raised within the dominant culture have the inherent advantage of operating in a system that was built for and with them in mind. Because it is the goal of Grady College to create an environment where all members of our community can succeed, the purpose of this diversity plan is to acknowledge differences exist because of this historical and—still today—contemporary truth. It is also meant to serve as an action plan to grow and champion an inclusive environment where people of all cultures, particularly those of historically excluded, non-dominant backgrounds, are given the opportunity and cultural support to succeed.

AdPR Academy

We believe it is imperative that the advertising and public relations industries strategically address the gap in diversity among its staff and strive for a more inclusive, equitable and welcoming environment representative of all the voices, ideas and perspectives of our global society. AdPR Academy is a solution to aid in diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.

Giving Voice to the Voiceless

Charlayne Hunter-Gault and Ron Gault have generously created a new endowment at the University of Georgia to inspire and support students in projects that give voice to the voiceless, the charting light of the life and work of Charlayne Hunter-Gault.

This fund will provide grants to students from all disciplines across the university. It is fueled by the spirit of Charlayne’s career as a journalist and her journeys to the horizon that intellectually and geographically give voice, in Charlayne’s own words, “to people whose voices are needed—to help them realize their dreams for themselves and their communities, to help contribute to human understanding and to enlarge our capacity for empathy.”

Additional Resources at UGA

There are several additional UGA resources available for our diverse student population including:

Additional Organizations

  • The 3% Conference

  • Broadcast Education Association

  • National Association of Hispanic Journalists

  • American Advertising Federation

  • Geena Davis Institute

  • Native American Journalists Association

  • News Leaders Association

  • Journalism & Women’s Symposium

  • The Poynter Institute

  • Asian American Journalists Association

  • The LAGRANT Foundation

  • Public Relations Society of America

  • The Association of LBGTQ Journalists (NLGJA Stylebook)

  • National Association of Black Journalists

  • Society of Professional Journalists

The Latest

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Events

NMI SLAM

Hosted every semester, SLAM features New Media Certificate Capstone creations. Everyone is invited to this day dedicated to student projects that takes innovation and creativity to the next level.This semester, the NMI is doing things a bit differently. Faculty and students will head to Atlanta for the day. Once there, they’ll kick off SLAM with networking and snacks, followed by the student showcase. After presentations, the NMI will share student certificates and awards, and then cap off the evening with Xpo Encore—an opportunity to celebrate the students’ impressive achievements over delectable hors d’oeuvres, refreshing drinks and wonderful company. RSVP: https://www.linkedin.com/events/slam7117171008259670017/

Fall 2023 Grady Graduation Celebration

Graduates and their guests are invited to celebrate with other graduates and faculty/staff at this drop-in celebration. Guests will enjoy light refreshments, opportunities to connect with fellow parents, faculty and staff, plenty of photo opportunities and an inside look at your student’s academic home. Tickets are not required for the celebration at Grady.

Students hug after convocation.

Fall 2023 Convocation

Congratulations to our fall 2023 graduates! Convocation will be held on Thursday, Dec. 14, at 10 a.m. at Hodgson Hall. More details will be released closer to the date.

Fall 2023 Commencement Ceremony

Friday, December 15, 2023 Undergraduate: 10:00 a.m., Stegeman Coliseum Graduate: 2:00 p.m., Stegeman Coliseum

Grady College Applications Deadline

Grady College’s current application cycle closes on Jan. 19 at 5 p.m. This application deadline is for those seeking to start at Grady in fall 2024.

Grady College Career Day

This day-long event connects companies and organizations with students seeking careers in digital, print and broadcast journalism, creative mass media, media sales, advertising and public relations. Internships and full-time positions will be available. All majors and pre-Grady students are encouraged to attend. It’s never too early to start building your network. More information will become available closer to the date.

Summer Media Academies

Our Summer Media Academies are an intensive, residential one-week program open to rising high school sophomores to seniors interested in the mass communication field. Students take classes at Grady College in tracks including Journalism, Advertising & Public Relations or Entertainment. Click below for details about this summer program.

Perspectives

“AdPR Academy was such a fun and insightful experience. It was a pleasure being in a room filled with diverse students from different universities. Being able to incorporate my ideas in the rebranding of an organization gave me a glimpse of what the public relations industry will be like. I am overly thankful to Grady College for allowing me to be a part of such an amazing program.”

Joyce Bell

University of Georgia, 2023 AdPR Academy cohort

Perspectives

“Through AdPR Academy, I got to build crazy skills within advertising since it is a lot workshops and networking with people from Warner Brothers, Google, a bunch of ad agencies and they exposed you to completely new things. I had a job offer after sitting down during the networking hour and that is something I wouldn’t have gotten if I didn’t go.”

Jonina Bullock

advertising student

Perspectives

“This is one of the biggest honors I’ve received thus far because it represents everything I have been striving for: increasing diversity, equity and inclusion in the media industry.” —

Alise Crittendon

(AB ’22), 2022 MAIP Fellow, creative copywriter, Edelman

Perspectives

“I have gained a knowledge of what DEI and cultural relevancy are and how a brand like Delta applies it to every team they have. Outside the DEI space, I have learned a lot about the brand campaign process and am familiar with the client/agency relationship and ecosystem.”

Deborah Yoon

advertising student

Perspectives

“I didn’t have a lot of people who were like me in the classroom, so now I am able to be an example for students in the classroom to see that there is excellence at every level from a person who is a first gen student.”

Denetra Walker

assistant professor, journalism

Perspectives

“Having a progressive disability and being categorized as a minority has shaped me to be an outsider of the world. Never fitting in and not having a seat at the dinner party has motivated me to constantly push others to be more inclusive whether it’s at the workplace or in my personal life.”

Marcella Genut

(AB 18), recipient of 2023 Diversity and Inclusion Advocacy Award

Perspectives

“I don’t really have a professional hero, but I love seeing Black women paving the way for us, such as Issa Rae, Oprah Winfrey, Shonda Rhimes and Rihanna.”

Kacie Geter

Journalism Student