C&IS Student Receives Premier Award

Mar 4, 2021

C&IS News Media Major, Tionna Taite

News media major Tionna Taite is one of nine recipients of The University of Alabama’s (UA) highest honor, the Premier Awards. The awards are given to students, faculty and staff who exemplify the highest standards of scholarship, service, leadership and character. Taite received the William P. and Estan J. Bloom Award, which honors a junior who has improved intergroup relations within the University community.

In addition to her coursework in C&IS, Taite serves as the editor-in-chief of UA Honors College’s MOSAIC magazine, and she recently created the University’s first Black-student-led magazine, “Nineteen Fifty-Six,” which highlights Black culture, Black excellence and the Black student experience.

Taite’s work toward improving intergroup relations at UA stems from her desire to give a voice to students from historically marginalized groups.

“It is important for me to improve intergroup relations within the University community because I believe all students should have a way to be heard, especially minority students at a predominantly white institution,” Taite said. “I am honored to be selected as a recipient for the Premier Awards, and I am glad to have a platform that enables me to improve understanding among groups on campus.”

Upon graduation, Taite plans to pursue a law degree and become an intellectual property lawyer. She also plans to do pro bono work centering around civil rights cases and aspires to establish mentorship programs for minority girls who are pursuing a higher education.

View the full list of the Premier Awards recipients and learn about each of their achievements here.

C&IS is committed to promoting an environment that fosters diversity and inclusion and is proud of the efforts of our students, faculty and staff. To learn more about diversity, equity and inclusion in C&IS, visit cis.ua.edu/diversity.