Diversity Statement

The Mass Communications Department fully and actively supports the universities initiatives for diversity.

We are committed to providing the equality of education and employment opportunities to all persons regardless of race, color, creed, sex, age, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, mental or physical disability, status with regard to public assistance or physical disability, or any other group or class against which discrimination is prohibited by state or federal law.

The department does not tolerate any activity that constitutes illegal discrimination against any person or group.

Within its academic mission, the department also seeks to provide an environment that acknowledges and values diversity of all kinds, including but not limited to race, religion, and ethnicity, amongst its faculty, staff, and students. In fact, we have integrated diversity and inclusiveness into all of our courses and we have two courses devoted entirely to diversity, prejudice, racism, and globalization in media.


Statement from the Chair of the Mass Communications Department
“The commitment of our department to diversity is not just a hyped up public relations effort. We truly recognize that we are living in a global society and that as our student body grows to be more diversified, so shall the mass communications faculty mirror that same diversity. As we strive and are committed to advancing the academic success and general development of that very diverse student body, our faculty actively promotes a learning environment (in and outside of the classroom) that is characterized by inclusiveness. We appreciate, value, and promote the awareness and understanding of each other’s differences and similarities while promoting an environment that fosters inclusiveness to the populations we serve, striving to treat everyone with the same human dignity and respect all of us so richly deserve.  Therefore, our mission and diversity plan promotes equity, fairness, and diversity in the hiring and retention of women and minority faculty and staff members. Our recruiting efforts by the department and the dean aim to attract qualified women and minority faculty. All position postings, advertising copy and word of mouth promotions recognize our commitment to this goal. Retention efforts for women and minority faculty include hiring at the rank commensurate with the candidate’s experience, a competitive salary, and providing favorable working conditions. This formula has brought to the department a diverse faculty with excellent scholarly, professional, and/or academic credentials.

Likewise, we strive to attract more diversity in our student body through appropriate accommodation, advising, mentoring, campus activities, and professional partnerships.”

- Mark Mills, Department. Chair

 

Wing Young Huie

Wing Young Huie is a diversity photographer whose photos deal with a lot of racial and diversity issues. He did a presentation here at St. Cloud State University in April 2010. Watch the following video to hear a little bit about him.


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