Diversity and Inclusion

The faculty and administrative leadership of the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication are fully committed to maintaining an intellectually diverse, nondiscriminatory and multicultural environment. We seek to maintain an inclusive curriculum, a diverse faculty and student population, and a welcoming, supportive and celebratory climate.

In 2014, the Greenlee School was selected by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication as the Equity and Diversity Award winner. The national award recognizes journalism and mass communication academic programs working toward measurable success in increasing equity and diversity. Guidelines state the unit “must display progress and innovation in racial, gender, and ethnic equality and diversity during the previous three years.”

Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

We uphold those values and are inspired by the award to aim even higher. A few recent examples:

  • Established in 2017, the Kappa Tau Alpha and Greenlee School Diversity and Inclusion Award is presented annually to a professional journalist and a Greenlee student to recognize their excellence in journalism and promotion of a just and inclusive society through ethical storytelling that broadens people’s understanding of diverse lives and communities.
  • Launched in 2018, a new experimental online course, JL MC 140X: Identity, Diversity and the Media, meets the university’s U.S. Diversity requirement and adds to the school’s course offerings in this area. It helps students begin to understand their own perspectives and biases and then move into analysis of content generated by others.
  • Greenlee faculty currently advise student organizations dedicated to diversity initiatives, including the Central Iowa Chapter of the Association for Women and Communication.

Read more about how the Greenlee School maintains an intellectually diverse, nondiscriminatory and multicultural environment in our Diversity Plan.