Learning it by living it. Together.
Diversity, equity and inclusion are our reality—they are not a singular goal to be achieved. Rather, they are collectively an ongoing pursuit that has and will always be intertwined with what we seek to accomplish as a college. Klein College of Media and Communication has a long legacy of diversity, equity and inclusion in its position at the forefront of the nation’s fourth-largest media market, but we also recognize that we have a long way to go. We hope to make this an ongoing conversation among Klein’s students, faculty, staff and the larger media and communication industry.
Our Diversity Advisory Council
Klein has developed a Diversity Advisory Council that seeks to focus on four key areas:
- the composition of our faculty and hiring;
- how we equip our students to thrive in an increasingly diverse global community
- how we research diversity, equity and inclusion in both scholarly and professional arenas; and
- what best practices exist both at Temple University and among our peer institutions with regard to all of these areas.
Additionally, the position of Diversity Advisor to the Dean - the first such position created in Klein’s history - held by Professor David W. Brown, was created after Klein received the 2018 Equity & Diversity Award Award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, providing the structure necessary to include diversity, equity and inclusion within the infrastructure of what the college is and intends to be.
Investing in greatness
Klein’s faculty recruitment over the last few years has enhanced its diversity with some of the most outstanding scholars and practitioners in the field, including Professor and Steve Charles Chair in Media, Cities and Solutions Marc Lamont Hill. Another, Media Studies and Production Professor Clemencia Rodríguez, whose research focuses on citizen’s media – a term she coined -- globally, and particularly in her home country of Colombia.
Students doing, learning and thinking
Our unique student body reflects values of diversity, equity and inclusion in their research and extracurricular activities. Klein supports developing inclusive spaces for our students to thrive, including several student professional organizations with diversity components:
- Temple Association of Black Journalists (TABJ)
- Temple University’s Black Public Relations Society (TUBPRS)
- Sports Media Society for Women
- LatinX Student Media Association and more.
Additionally, Klein strives to amplify voices too often excluded from the creation of mainstream media. To this end, we have created and maintained representative career opportunities for our diverse graduates such as:
- Here Are All the Black People (HAATBP), a multicultural career fair sponsored by the One Club and held in New York each Fall
- On-campus Multicultural Marketing conference scheduled for the 2020-2021 academic year sponsored by the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) and the Advertising Education Foundation (AEF) and coordinated by the Department of Advertising and Public Relations
- The MultiCultural Talent Pipeline (MCTP) sponsored by Publicis—one of the world’s largest global communication firms
- Freshman and transfer seminars tailored to first-generation college students, adult and non-traditional learners.
Research for the world ahead
Our faculty members' research interests illustrate a steadfast commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion issues. Nearly half of our full time faculty are specialists in international, intercultural or development communication, and many also frequently address issues of gender, race, class and sexuality in their scholarship and teaching.
Most recently, samples of faculty research tied to diversity and inclusion include:
- Karen Turner is the author of “Advancing the Discourse: Confronting Issues of Race and Class Online” in Teaching with Multimedia: Pedagogy in the Websphere Vol 1 & 2. Turner researches race issues in news media coverage and serves as Director of the Temple Academic Center on Research in Diversity (ACCORD).
- Adrienne Shaw is also an affiliate faculty in Temple’s Gender Sexuality and Women's Studies program. She is the author of Gaming at the Edge: Sexuality and Gender at the Margins of Gamer Culture (which won the 2016 International Communication Association's Popular Communications Division's Book Award) and creator of the LGBTQ Game Archive. Her research focuses on the LGBTQ experience and representation in gaming, and has co-edited three books on the subject recently/
- Carolyn Kitch is co-editor of Front Pages, Front Lines: Media and the Fight for Women's Suffrage from the University of Illinois Press, which presents research on media related to the women's suffrage movement in recognition of its centennial.=
- Wazhmah Osman is one of three inaugural Jack G. Shaheen Research Grant Awardees, from the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies and the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University, which will grant her the ability to perform research in NYU’s Jack G. Shaheen Collection.
- Jan Fernback, along with Gwen Shaffer, an associate professor in the Department of Journalism and Public Relations at California State University Long Beach, published a report that examines the intersection between emerging forms of digital inequity & long-standing socio-economic injustices in this report about folks who rely on mobile phones for internet access.
- David Brown presented a panel at ICON PRSA's Super Saturday for the Educator's Academy on "What Our Students Can Teach Us About Diversity."