UA to Host AEJMC Southeast Colloquium, Diversity Symposium

Poster presenters at the 2014 Diversity Symposium

The College of Communication and Information Sciences welcomes to campus mass media and communication scholars from across the Southeast for two separate gatherings on research March 8-10.

Presenters from at least six Southern states will share more than 60 research papers and participate in four panel discussions March 910 at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Southeast Colloquium, the longest running regional gathering of its kind. It will be the fifth time in the 43-year history of the Colloquium that it will be hosted at The University of Alabama.

“It is gratifying to host the Colloquium as our own Jennifer Greer, UA associate provost, serves as president of AEJMC this year,” said Dr. Mark Nelson, dean of the College of Communication and Information Sciences.

The AEJMC Southeast Colloquium will be preceded by the Ninth Annual Discerning Diverse Voices Diversity Symposium on Thursday, March 8, in 205 Gorgas Library.

This year’s symposium shines the light on diversity issues in the workplace with insight from a national expert on diversity in organizational discourse and faculty diversity. Damion Waymer, chair of the department of liberal studies at North Carolina A&T State University, will serve as the keynote speaker.

Waymer’s 4 p.m. address titled “Unpacking and Challenging the Business Case for Diversity,” will be the culminating event for a day that includes panel discussions on deaf culture and American Sign Language and autoethnographies on race, gender, sex and motherhood. Three back-to-back research sessions will include a dozen individual research papers on a variety of topics including diversity reporting in higher education, systemic racism in librarianship and nondisabled student attitudes toward persons with disabilities.

“We’re pleased to continue to showcase such a range of research topics, methodologies and research traditions all focused on some aspect of diversity, equity and inclusion,” said George L. Daniels, assistant dean for administration in the College of Communication and Information Sciences.

For a full list of events, visit the webpages for the AEJMC Southeast Colloquium and the Diversity Symposium.

The University of Alabama, the state’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education, is a student-centered research university that draws the best and brightest to an academic community committed to providing a premier undergraduate and graduate education. UA is dedicated to achieving excellence in scholarship, collaboration and intellectual engagement; providing public outreach and service to the state of Alabama and the nation; and nurturing a campus environment that fosters collegiality, respect and inclusivity.