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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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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