9th Annual Discerning Diverse Voices Symposium


Since 2008, The University of Alabama’s College of Communication and Information Sciences’ Communication and Diversity Forum has been pleased to sponsor Discerning Diverse Voices Research Symposium.

This year’s daylong event, our ninth symposium, will take place on the eve of the 2018 AEJMC Southeast Colloquium on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Gorgas Library, room 205. The Symposium features student, faculty and staff research and creative activity that addresses the communication and information needs of diverse populations. The purpose of the symposium is to encourage research about diversity and communication in all of its manifestations.


Schedule of Events: 

Thursday, March 8

Gorgas Library, 205

8:30-9:00 Coffee and Pastries

8:45 Dean’s Welcome

9:00-10:30 Storied Identities: Critical Autoethnographies on Race, Gender, Sex, and Motherhood

Chair: Robin Boylorn

Working in the Rainbow Room: An Auto-ethnographic Analysis of the Experiences of a Practitioner in LGBTQ+ Student Services
Lizzie Smith Emerson, The University of Alabama

The Slow and Steady Education of a White Guy
Jeff Hirschy, The University of Alabama

A Mediated Representation of a Single Black Mother and Daughter
Jameka Hartley

Autoethnographic Poetry: Performing Self-Critique
Jahman Ariel Hill

10:30-12:00 American Sign Language: Managing Misinformation with Respective Roles in the Deaf Community

Chair: Darrin Griffin

Michael Wheatley (Social Worker Intern), Gallaudet University
LaShawnda Lowe (Sign Language Interpreter, Mental Health Counselor-Intern), Walden University
Kent Schafer, (Deaf Psychologist for Department of Mental Health), The University of Alabama
Darrin Griffin, The University of Alabama

12:00-1:00 Luncheon

 “Racial and Gender-Based Differences in the Collegiate Development of Public Relations Majors: Implications for Minority Recruitment and Retention”
Presentators:  Kenon Brown & Damion Waymer

1:00-2:00 Fostering Diversity
Chair: Peter Jensen

Madame President As Mover and Shaker for Journalism Diversity: Trailblazing Tales of AEJMC’s Female Leaders
George L. Daniels, The University of Alabama.

Corporate Acknowledgement of the Mummified Elephant in USA: A Textual Analysis of “The Talk” Ad by Proctor & Gamble
Emmanuel Nwachukwu, The University of Southern Mississippi

Systemic Racism, State Violence, and Librarianship
Josie Halozan, The University of Alabama

2:00-3:00 Engaging Diversity

Chair: Caroline Parsons

The Latino Look to American Baseball
Chandler L. Thornton, The University of Alabama

Modern-Day Roots: Exploring the Relationship Between Hair and Identity in African-American College Women in the Age of Social Media
Maxine Walters, Student at The University of Alabama

The Impact of Intercultural Communication Apprehension on the GPA of International Students
Patrick Gentile, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

3:00-4:00 Measuring Diversity
Chair: Robert Gaines

Validating the Value of Annual Diversity Reporting: A 7-Year Retrospective
George L. Daniels and Lee Hedgepeth, The University of Alabama

Clarkston, Georgia: Where Possibilities and Populations Grow: A Media Analysis of the Most Diverse Square-Mile in the United States
Beth Coker, The University of Alabama

Discovering Disability: What are Non-Disabled Consumer Attitudes towards Persons with Physical Disabilities in Advertising?
Summer Shelton, University of Florida

4:00-5:00 Keynote Address

Unpacking and Challenging the Business Case for Diversity
Damion Waymer, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University

5:00-6:00 Reception

To download the full program, click here.

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