Diversity at Grady College

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

The Henry W. 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 African-American 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.


Statement of reflection after the verdict in the George Floyd murder trial. (April 21, 2021)

Statement of support for, and solidarity with, our Asian and Asian American students, staff and faculty. (March 19, 2021)

Letter from Dean Davis in Sept. 2020 about DEI initiatives.


Update from our Standing Committee on Diversity and Inclusion:

  • July 2020, by María Len-Ríos, associate dean for academic affairs; chair, Standing Committee on Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion Mini-Grants for Faculty

Faculty can apply for one of these mini-grants to help offset expenses of bringing speakers to Grady College to discuss topics of diversity and inclusion.

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Alise Crittendon named AAF Most Promising Multicultural Student
Alise Crittendon, an advertising student from Mableton, Ga., has been selected to the American Advertising Federation (AAF) 2022 class of Most Promising Multicultural Students. “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,” said Crittendon. […]
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#ProfilesOfTenacity: Midori Jenkins
What are you passionate about?  I am passionate about storytelling. It’s one of our only modes of making a world of conflict and turmoil into one of meaning and opportunity. Honestly, I’m so fascinated by stories themselves. They are powerful because they allow for us to experience a perspective entirely different than our own.  What […]
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#ProfilesOfTenacity: Nicole García Sánchez
What is your most memorable Grady experience? Before I got into Grady, I was planning an event called Orgullo Hispano for HSA. I had a very specific vision of what I wanted for it and I knew I wanted the location to be in Grady. When I asked Parker Middleton to help me with the […]
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Boy raising hand during Education Matters visit
Clarke County students visit UGA, explore Grady College
Rick Dunn excitedly turns to a group of nearly 15 Athens-Clarke County students at the conclusion of a short introductory film about Grady College narrated by college Dean Charles Davis. “Dean Davis is a Clarke Central grad,” Dunn says with pride in his voice. The message delivered by Dunn and emphasized throughout the students’ visit to the University […]
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Hispanic Heritage Month Student Spotlight: Isavictoria Martinez and Andrea Gutierrez
Editor’s Note: This is the final post in a series of spotlights highlighting our alumni — and now students — in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. For our final Hispanic Heritage Month Profile, we are featuring two Grady College students who are involved in the college’s chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. Isavictoria […]
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#ProfilesOfTenacity: Mennah Abdelwahab
Why did you choose Grady and your course of study? I came into UGA as an international affairs major, and while I loved my IA courses, I felt I needed experiences that would push me out of my comfort zone. I was always fascinated by the media, particularly how it operates and the power it […]
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Hispanic Heritage Month Alumni Spotlight: Augusto Michael Trujillo (ABJ ’05, BA ’05)
Editor’s Note: This is one in a series of spotlights highlighting the work of some of our alumni in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Please watch for more profiles in the weeks to come. Augusto Michael Trujillo is the national advisor for leadership development and training at Catholic Relief Services. Trujillo graduated cum laude from […]
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Cristian Delgado works as an Account Supervisor for Xbox PR at Assembly (Edelman). (Photo: provided)
Hispanic Heritage Month Alumni Spotlight: Cristian Delgado (ABJ ’15)
Editor’s Note: This is one in a series of spotlights highlighting the work of some of our alumni in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Please watch for more profiles in the weeks to come. Cristian Delgado is an account supervisor for Xbox PR at Assembly Media, Edelman. Delgado graduated from Grady College in 2015 with […]
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Hispanic Heritage Month Alumni Spotlight: Orlando Pimentel (ABJ ’17)
Editor’s Note: This is one in a series of spotlights highlighting the work of some of our alumni in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Please watch for more profiles in the weeks to come. Orlando Pimentel is a senior solutions associate at Heart+Mind strategies. Previously, he worked at Porter Novelli and Hart Research Associates. On […]
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“The First Five” 50th Anniversary documentary produced by Grady Newsource premieres
Fifty years ago, in the fall of 1971, five football players joined the Georgia Bulldogs football team and became the first Black scholarship football players in school history. Richard Appleby, Chuck Kinnebrew, Horace King, Clarence Pope, Larry West and all they collectively represented are the subjects of a new documentary produced by Grady Newsource. “The […]
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Hispanic Heritage Month Alumni Spotlight: Ashley Soriano (AB ’19)
Editor’s Note: This is one in a series of spotlights highlighting the work of some of our alumni in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Please watch for more profiles in the weeks to come. Ashley Soriano is a multimedia reporter for Fox News based in Las Vegas, Nevada. She graduated from Grady College with a […]
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Diverse identities are often lost in translation when movies and television are dubbed for other languages
When movies and television are translated to other languages, LBGT and BIPOC individual characteristics are often lost or reduced, according to research by Laurena Bernabo, assistant professor in entertainment and media studies. To best understand the processes behind dubbing an American television show to other languages, Bernabo made multiple visits to New Art Dub in […]
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AdPR Academy Celebrates Fifth Year with Virtual Academy
The Department of Advertising and Public Relations at the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication completed the fifth annual AdPR Academy’s on May 16-20. The Academy’s mission is to amplify the power of diversity, equity and inclusion while growing the pipeline of diverse advertising and public relations professionals. To date, the […]
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#ProfilesOfTenacity: Tylar Norman
Tylar was recently awarded $1,000 from the Taylor Maggiore Fund. Read the full profile here. What are you passionate about? One thing that I am really passionate about is telling the stories and increasing visibility in the media for those in underrepresented groups, such as minorities and women. As a Black woman, I often reflect […]
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Black History Month Alumni Spotlight: Christine Sperow (ABJ ’98)
Editor’s Note: This is the final post in a series of spotlights highlighting the work of some of our alumni in celebration of Black History Month. Christine Sperow (ABJ ’98) currently works as a news anchor for Fox 5 Atlanta. Before arriving at Fox 5, she was an anchor at WBTV in Charlotte, North Carolina, KLTV […]
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Media and Leadership Academy

The Media & Leadership Academy is 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 one of three offered tracks: Journalism, Advertising & Public Relations or Entertainment. Click below for details about this summer program.

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