AEJMC to Present UA C&IS with Diversity Award

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama College of Communication and Information Sciences will receive a diversity award from Dr. Lori Bergen, president of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Wednesday, Nov. 4.

Bergen, who is the founding dean of the College of Media, Communication and Information at the University of Colorado, will present the AEJMC Equity & Diversity award to UA representatives, including Dr. Mark Nelson, dean of the C&IS.

“A visit from AEJMC President Lori Bergen signifies the magnitude of the award we received in August,” Nelson said. “This award is a testament to the hard work of our faculty, staff and students in propelling our College toward an environment where equity and diversity are at the forefront.”

Bergen is the 2014 Scripps Howard Foundation Journalism and Mass Communication Administrator of the Year.  She will participate in three events scheduled as part of the celebration of UA being the seventh school to receive the national honor.

Members of the campus community are invited for a “meet and greet” breakfast reception at 8 a.m. on the fourth floor of the Digital Media Center at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

At 9:30 a.m., a mini-symposium, “Teaching and Learning Across Difference,” will be held in the Ferguson Center, room 3104. The two-hour event will feature more than a dozen members of the College faculty and those from several UA units giving 10-minute presentations on how they teach diversity and foster an inclusive environment in the classroom.

The UA College of Communication and Information Sciences is among the largest and most prestigious communication colleges in the nation. The College consistently is ranked among the top 10 in number of doctoral degrees awarded and in many of its research programs.


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Hailey Grace Steele, communications specialist, College of Communication and Information Sciences, 205/348-6416,