Diversity at Grady College



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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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#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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#ProfilesOfTenacity: Willie Daniely
Why did you choose Grady and your course of study?  I have always been a naturally curious person, asking a lot of questions about any and everything as a little kid. As I grew older it just seemed to naturally evolve into me wanting to be a journalist. In ninth grade, my mom told me […]
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Black History Month Alumni Spotlight: Christopher A. Daniel (MA ’07)
Editor’s Note: This is one in a series of spotlights highlighting the work of some of our alumni in celebration of Black History Month. Please watch for more profiles in the weeks to come. Christopher Daniel works as a journalist and instructor of multimedia and digital journalism in the Department of Mass Media Arts at Clark […]
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Visual for Desegregation documentary
Journalism students create legacy project with documentary about UGA desegregation
Editor’s Note: The 60th Anniversary of the Desegregation at UGA documentary can be viewed in its entirety on the Grady College YouTube channel. Many UGA students spend their time as students learning skills that build toward a capstone project.  While some define that seminal project early on, others wait for it to unfold, gradually over […]
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#ProfilesOfTenacity: Tévon Knight
What does the word “tenacity” mean to you? When you have a goal, no matter what is thrown in your way, you find a way to succeed. Tenacity is all about persisting when things are tough, uncertain, scary or down right impossible. Growing as a human is all about leaving your comfort zone and pushing […]
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Black History Month Alumni Spotlight: Tamara Best (ABJ ’09)
Editor’s Note:  This is one in a series of spotlights highlighting the work of some of our alumni in celebration of Black History Month. Please watch for more profiles in the weeks to come. Tamara Best works as a culture writer, editor and creative. She was recently named as a 2021 Nieman visiting fellow at […]
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Black History Month Alumni Spotlight: Simone Banna (ABJ ’14)
Editor’s Note:  This is one in a series of spotlights highlighting the work of some of our alumni in celebration of Black History Month. Please watch for more profiles in the weeks to come. Simone Banna works as a strategic partnerships manager in sports for Twitch, a live streaming platform for gaming and sports. Before […]
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Ph.D. student profile: Solyee Kim
Solyee Kim (MA ’16) is a Ph.D. student interested in diversity, equity and inclusion in public relations and media practices. Her research focuses on the experiences of marginalized communities including immigrants and racial and ethnic minorities in the practices and industries of public relations and media practices. “Immigrants are some of the marginalized groups in […]
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Juan Meng and PR Women with Influence Book Cover
Trends and challenges revealed in new book about women and leadership in public relations
Advancement barriers, gaps in leadership and lack of mentors examined A new book, PR Women with Influence: Breaking Through the Ethical and Leadership Challenges, explores how women in the profession of public relations and communication navigate through attitudinal, structural and social barriers in advancing their leadership roles. The book is led by Juan Meng, associate […]
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Opportunities to learn more about Charlayne Hunter-Gault and UGA’s desegregation
One of the college’s most distinguished graduates, Charlayne Hunter-Gault (ABJ ’63), is well known for desegregating the University of Georgia along with Hamilton Holmes. It’s an incredible story of sacrifice, courage and determination, but how much of the story do students know? There are several opportunities to learn more about the journey of Hunter-Gault and […]
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Picture of Charlayne Hunter-Gault and Hamilton Holmes
Admiration and appreciation for Charlayne Hunter-Gault and Hamilton Holmes
The courage and sacrifice of Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton Holmes 60 years ago might be termed “good trouble” today, however their heroic actions were complicated and divisive in 1961. Thanks to their steadfast resolve to attend class at the University of Georgia, they broke down barriers, opened the door to progress and created opportunities for […]
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Campaigns class tackles DEI initiatives in the public relations industry
While many public relations campaigns classes focus on creating programs for corporate or non-profit clients, Dr. Karen Russell’s course this semester tackled a much larger topic: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the public relations industry. “Like many people, I was pretty appalled at the responses I was seeing as the result of the social unrest […]
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Alumni profile: Dominic Brown (ABJ ’05)
Dominic Brown (ABJ ’05) is the chief meteorologist for WIS-TV in Columbia, South Carolina. He was recently named TV Weathercaster of the Year by the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas. In the profile below, Brown reflects on his time as a student at Grady College and how it has forged his path […]
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#ProfilesOfTenacity: Alex English
What does the word tenacity mean to you? Never ceasing, adjusting and adapting until the job is done. Favorite UGA memory? One of my favorite memories was some of the late-night Snelling runs I would go on with my best friends. Living in Creswell Hall during freshman year and East Campus in my sophomore year, […]
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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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