Baylor Journalism Chair to Headline 11th Annual Discerning Diverse Voices Symposium

Mar 10, 2020

The College of Communication and Information Sciences at The University of Alabama (C&IS) is pleased to welcome Dr. Mia Moody-Ramirez, Chair of Journalism, Public Relations and New Media at Baylor University, as the keynote speaker for the 11th annual Discerning Diverse Voices Symposium.

Dr. Moody-Ramirez researches mass media representations of underrepresented groups, including women and minorities, and her keynote address will focus on the ways social media platforms have affected image repair in the digital age.

“While social media responses are not a replacement for true image restoration,” Dr. Moody-Ramirez said, “they provide a platform to help tackle tough issues that might aid in the image restoration process of an individual or a company.”

Joining Dr. Moody-Ramirez as presenters for the Symposium are professors, alumni, and graduate and undergraduate students from C&IS, presenting on diversity and inclusion topics, including race, cultural differences, mental health and social justice.

“Issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion affect us all,” said Dr. Suzanne Horsley, Assistant Dean of Accreditation, Assessment and Diversity for C&IS. “The goal of this symposium is to elevate the discussion of these topics and to help everyone be more mindful of these issues in their research, teaching and career pursuits.”

This year’s Symposium committee was co-chaired by Dr. Mary Meares (Communication Studies) and Dr. Diane Bragg (Journalism & Creative Media). The Symposium is open to the public and will be held Wednesday, March 11, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Gorgas Library 205.

C&IS is committed to promoting an environment that harbors diversity and inclusion and is proud to host the Discerning Diverse Voices Symposium. To view the full program, please click here.