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.

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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We are listening
Like so many, we have felt the depths of grief and depression in the wake of continued racial discrimination and injustice. The violent, inhumane deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, and so many others, have sickened, saddened, and angered us. We value Black lives and our hearts break for the countless Black […]
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From the desk of Dean Davis: All voices deserve to be heard; stand in solidarity of journalists
For an updated statement, please view our We Are Listening post from June 5, 2020 Dear Alumni and Friends: Like many of you, I have been shaken to the core by the recent unrest in the country the past several days. As a journalist, I believe that all voices deserve to be represented, heard and […]
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#GradyGrit: Meet Olamide Ogunjobi
How has Grady influenced your time at UGA? Grady has impacted my mentality at UGA. It has taught me that no one is an island and that it’s not only what you do in college but who you do it with that’s important. I am so grateful for every classmate, every professor and every advisor […]
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#GradyGrit: Meet Rachel Yuan
What are you passionate about? I am most passionate about diversity and inclusion in institutions and creating both systemic and social change with regard to how different identities are perceived and treated. I feel this most prominently with regards to media because of its ability to reach and influence so many people and let them […]
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#GradyGrit: Meet Jessica Story
Why did you choose Grady?    I chose Grady simply because I didn’t see myself in any other college on campus. From a young age, I had a good grasp on the things I was good at and the things that I just wasn’t. I have always been interested in the world of communication through writing […]
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#GradyGrit: Meet Marq Norris
How has Grady influenced your time at UGA? Grady has allowed me to learn invaluable information from top journalists and practitioners, as well as my peers. Establishing relationships with these people has been the most invaluable takeaway from pursuing my education at Grady. I’m always absorbing more about media and public relations strategy from simply […]
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#GradyGrit: Meet Alexandra Rios
How did you choose to study Journalism? I wanted to be a journalist since day one, never wanted to do anything else. People, places and ideas fascinate me. I am curious about the world: how people think, why they think the way they do and meeting people where they are. Journalism has always been important […]
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#GradyGrit: Meet Lucia Vereen
What made you want to study Entertainment and Media Studies? My entire life I’ve been in awe of the power of media, specifically film and TV. As I contemplated what program of study I wanted to pursue at the University of Georgia, it seemed as if Entertainment and Media Studies would be the best fit […]
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#GradyGrit: Meet Polo Vargas
Editor’s Note: #GradyGrit is a new series of profiles of Grady College students who show determination, leadership and outreach to the community. Search “#GradyGrit” on the Grady College website for additional profiles. Describe Grady College in three words. Eccentric, dedicated, talented.   What is a highlight from your time in Grady so far? My highlight from […]
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#GradyGrit: Meet Akyra Kelley
Editor’s Note: #GradyGrit is a new series of profiles of Grady College students who show determination, leadership and outreach to the community. Search “#GradyGrit” on the Grady College website for additional profiles. What made you choose advertising? I initially did not want to be an advertising major; I preferred public relations, but when I applied to Grady […]
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#GradyGrit: Meet Gustavo Cervantes
Why Grady? Since senior year of high school, I knew that I wanted to study public relations. I also wanted to stay in-state, and when weighing the options for PR programs in this state, studying at Grady was the obvious choice after doing a little bit of research. I did debate between getting a smaller-school […]
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#GradyGrit: Meet Jayda Hill
Editor’s Note: #GradyGrit is a new series of profiles of Grady College students who show determination, leadership and outreach to the community. Search “#GradyGrit” on the Grady College website for additional profiles.  Hometown: Ellenwood, Georgia  Year: Junior   Degree: Advertising major, Sports Management Minor, New Media Certificate Activities and Involvement: Founder and president of Women in […]
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#GradyGrit: Meet Myan Patel
Editor’s Note: #GradyGrit is a new series of profiles of Grady College students who show determination, leadership and outreach to the community. Search “#GradyGrit” on the Grady College website for additional profiles.  Hometown: Knoxville, Tennessee  Year: Junior  Degree: Journalism major and Sports Media Certificate  Activities and Involvement: The Red & Black, WUOG, Grady Ambassadors, Grady […]
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#GradyGrit: Meet Taylor Lee
Editor’s Note: #GradyGrit is a new series of profiles of Grady College students who show determination, leadership and outreach to the community. Search “#GradyGrit” on the Grady College website for additional profiles. How did you choose your Grady major? I actually began my career at UGA as a dance major, following in the footsteps of one […]
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Kailyn Sanders, who was recognized as a Most Promising Multicultural Student by the AAF, was nominated last year by Tom Reichert, formerly of our Grady faculty. (Photos: Tom Reichert)
Kailyn Sanders selected as a Most Promising Multicultural Student
Kailyn Sanders, a fourth-year advertising major at Grady College, has been named to the 2018 American Advertising Federation of Most Promising Multicultural students. Every year the American Advertising Federation selects 50 multicultural students nationwide that they feel represents some of the top emerging talent in the advertising industry. Through this program students attend a four-day […]
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Destiny McClain (center, in middle row) and Jharell Ybarra (far right, bottom row) represented the University of Georgia at the second annual AdPR Academy.
Annual AdPR Academy provides students and industry professionals connection through diversity initiative
Learn more about AdPR Academy at adpracademy.uga.edu. Editor’s Note: While many students were spending their spring break relaxing, Destiny McClain, a marketing major from Terry College, and Jharell Ybarra, an advertising major from Grady College, were participating in AdPR Academy along with 15 other students, many from Historically Black Colleges and Universities. This is the […]
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Carole Munroe: Think about all women, not just those who may look like you
In celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, this is one of a series of profiles highlighting just a few of the impressive accomplishments alumnae of Grady College are making in their respective industries. For other profiles, please visit any of those listed below:             Maureen Clayton             Becca Hannan Carole Munroe is a […]
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Peggy Kreshel teaches courses in advertising in society, media planning, and media culture and diversity.
Grady professor co-edits book about the intersection of feminism and the advertising industry
In the past year, events like the Women’s March in Washington and the beginning of the #MeToo movement have dominated the news media and started a national conversation. Women everywhere are standing up and speaking out for what they believe in. In her new book, “Feminist, Feminism, and Advertising: Some Restrictions Apply,” Peggy Kreshel, an […]
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A new book by Shira Chess challenges gamers and game developers to change their thinking about both women and games.
Chess explores how video games are marketed to and portray women in new book
Note: Shira Chess will discuss her new book at Avid Bookshop on Prince Avenue, on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend. While society focuses on men playing “Call of Duty” and teens becoming anti-social playing hours of video games, there is a virtually ignored but growing market of women […]
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Charlayne Hunter-Gault (ABJ ’63) will be the speaker at the Feb. 15 Holmes-Hunter lecture, a program named in her honor. She is pictured here delivering the Charter Lecture in March 2014.
Award-winning journalist and namesake to deliver Holmes-Hunter Lecture
Grady College alumna Charlayne Hunter-Gault, an award-winning journalist, will present the 2018 Holmes-Hunter Lecture Feb. 15 at 2 p.m. in the Chapel. The lecture is named in honor of Hunter-Gault and her classmate Hamilton Holmes, the first African-American students to attend UGA. They arrived on campus in 1961 after civil rights leaders in Atlanta successfully […]
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María E. Len-Ríos (MA '95) has assumed the responsibilities of associate dean of academic affairs at Grady College.
Len-Ríos named associate dean of Grady College
María E. Len-Ríos (MA ’95), an associate professor of public relations, has been named associate dean of academic affairs at Grady College. “I’m delighted that Dr. Len-Ríos—a treasured faculty member and a leading scholar on issues of diversity and representation in mass communication—has answered the call to leadership,” Dean Charles Davis said. “She’s a joy […]
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Grady College alumna honored with 2017 Makovsky Best Master’s Thesis of the Year Award
Ruoyu Sun’s thesis investigated the risk perception and purchase intention of Millennials in China and the U.S. toward genetically modified food   The Institute for Public Relations has awarded Ruoyu Sun, a recent graduate of Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication’s master’s program, the 2017 Makovsky Best Master’s Thesis of the Year Award based on […]
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Valerie Boyd was received a Governor's Award for the Arts & Humanities from Governor Nathan Deal and First Lady Sandra Deal.
Boyd recognized with a Governor’s Award for the Arts and Humanities
Valerie Boyd, the Charlayne Hunter-Gault Distinguished Writer in Residence and an associate professor of journalism, received a Governor’s Award for the Arts and Humanities from Governor Nathan Deal and First Lady Sandra Deal. The sixth annual awards were presented in a ceremony at the Georgia State Capitol on Oct. 4, 2017. The awards are a […]
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Yen-I Lee was recently selected as one of three recipients of the prestigious Inez Kaiser Graduate Student of Color Award.
Grady doctoral student receives esteemed Inez Kaiser Award for health communication research
Fourth-year doctoral student, Yen-I Lee was recently selected as one of three recipients of the prestigious Inez Kaiser Graduate Student of Color Award. This award is given by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in honor of Inez Kaiser, the first African-American woman to be a member of the Public Relations Society […]
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Four advertising majors selected for MAIP Fellowship Program
Advertising majors Na’im Carlyle, Emily Laramy, Karen Mejia and Lisa Rainford have been selected as Fellows for the 2017 Multicultural Advertising Intern Program (MAIP), hosted by the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A’s). “We’re so proud that these students are representing UGA and the wonderful education they’re getting in AdPR,” said Tom Reichert, head of […]
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LookForwardGA.org launches with civil rights lecture
Look Forward Georgia examines Pulitzer Prize winning work and civil rights in Georgia
As the country remembers Martin Luther King Jr. and his impact on the civil rights movement, a new website examining his influence and that of many other Georgians has been launched. “Look Forward: A Digital Exhibition on Civil Rights and the Pulitzer Prize in Georgia,” a grant project produced by a team from the University […]
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AdPR Academy to strengthen diversity
UGA Grady College launches first AdPR Academy to address diversity gap in advertising, public relations industries
Learn more about AdPR Academy at adpracademy.uga.edu. The University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication is launching its first AdPR Academy, a week-long bootcamp designed to teach students from diverse backgrounds tangible skills from the advertising and public relations industries. This program includes more than 35 hours of training from experts and […]
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Civil rights leader to speak about 190th anniversary of the Black Press
To mark the 190th anniversary of the Black Press, Grady College will host a lecture by Benjamin F. Chavis Jr, president and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA).  “190 Years and Counting: Why the Black Press Still Matters” takes place April 3 at 11:15 a.m. in Studio 100. “I can’t think of a […]
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Charlayne Hunter-Gault announces Giving Voice to the Voiceless fund
Award-winning journalist, author and distinguished University of Georgia alumna Charlayne Hunter-Gault has established a new endowment, Giving Voice to the Voiceless. The endowment, created by Hunter-Gault and her husband, Ronald Gault, will provide grants to university students to promote social justice and global understanding by giving voice to the voiceless, the charting light of the […]
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Grady College student receives Allen Rosenshine Minority Education Fund from BBDO Worldwide
Grady College student Lia Jordan recently received the Allen Rosenshine Minority Education Fund from BBDO Worldwide. This fund was started as an initiative to increase diversity in the advertising industry. Applications are open to minorities, women, and persons protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act who wish to pursue a career in advertising. The scholarship […]
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Advertising senior selected as a Most Promising Multicultural Student by the AAF
Advertising and psychology senior Kim Nguyen, a Gainesville, Ga. native, was selected by the American Advertising Federation as one of the Most Promising Multicultural Students for 2016. Nguyen was nominated for the MPMS program by Karen King, her former media planning professor and CURO advisor. “Being named as a 2016 Most Promising Multicultural student is […]
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Grady alumna Carole Munroe wins Pat Tobin Award
Congratulations to Carole Munroe, the 2015 recipient of the Patricia L. Tobin Media Professional Award.  She was honored on Aug. 8 during the National Association of Black Journalists Salute to Excellence gala in Minneapolis. Munroe currently serves as director of public relations Walt Disney World Resort. “Carole Munroe is a skilled public relations practitioner. She […]
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Grady professor co-authors textbook about diversity in journalism
Maria Len-Ríos (MA '08), associate professor of advertising and public relations at Grady College, has just published an introductory textbook, “Cross-Cultural Journalism: Communicating Strategically About Diversity.” The book aims to teach college students how to navigate a continually changing world and write professionally and successfully about diversity and culture. Len-Ríos edited the book with Earnest […]
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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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