Enrichment Activities

This Spring:

Diversifying the Industry: The Job is Not Done

WHEN: February 22 - 23
WHEREBelo Center for New Media (BMC) 5.208

The Stan Richards School of Advertising & Public Relations at the University of Texas at Austin will host a conference dedicated to diversity and inclusion. Our goal is to bring the best and the brightest together to share their experiences and ideas related to how the industry can more aggressively move forward. We'd be honored if you would join us!

We have curated five sessions that explore the diverse realities of today’s industry leaders and thinkers. The sessions will be hosted in the Moody College of Communication Belo Center for New Media (BMC) at 300 West Dean Keeton Street. This event is co-sponsored by the Moody College Honors Program.

Contact and Registration: Here

Carolyn West on Racism and Sexism in Pornography

WHEN: 7:00 p.m., Thursday, Mar. 22
WHEREBelo Center for New Media (BMC) 1.202

Carolyn West, professor of psychology at the University of Washington Tacoma, will speak on “’Let Me Tell Ya’ll about Black Chicks’: Images of Black Women in Pornography.” In her presentation, West will analyze the racist and hyper-sexualized images of black women in contemporary pornography and discuss the effects of this material in people’s lives.

West, an expert on the racial and gender dimensions of abuse, teaches courses on sexuality, sexual violence, and family violence. She is the editor of Violence in the Lives of Black Women: Battered, Black, and Blue, a collection by therapists, researchers, activists, and survivors that shows how the intersection of many kinds of oppression shapes the lives of black women. She creates culturally sensitive domestic violence/sexual assault education materials and conducts trainings with activists and agencies. Among her recent articles are “Living in a Web of Trauma: An Ecological Examination of Violence among African Americans” and “Mammy, Sapphire, Jezebel, and the Bad Girls of Reality Television: Media Representations of Black Women.”

SPONSOR: This event is sponsored by the School of Journalism, with cooperation from the Senior Fellows program. It is free and open to the public.

CONTACT: Robert Jensen, Professor, School of Journalism, rjensen@austin.utexas.edu

Talk by Journalist and Co-founder of Very Smart Brothas, Damon Young

WHEN: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m., Monday, April 9
WHEREBelo Center for New Media (BMC) 5.208

Details coming soon!

SPONSOR: This event is sponsored by Senior Fellows, the honors program of the Moody College of Communication, the School of Journalism, and the Plan II Honors Program in the College of Liberal Arts. It is free and open to the public.

CONTACT: Dave Junker, Director of Senior Fellows, (512)773-0673junker@austin.utexas.edu

Enrichment Activities

From student-led public forums, film screenings and social receptions, to guest lectures by academics, writers, and creatives, the Moody College Honors Program provides a wealth of activities to enrich the undergraduate experience.

Below are some additional photos from past events for the Senior Fellows program. For more information on the history of honors education in the Moody College, and the types of events and seminars that will also be offered in the new four-year program, please visit the Senior Fellows website.


Honors student wins Top Symposium Paper award

Honors student Emily Kendrick receiving the Top Symposium Paper award from Director Dave Junker

Students participating in Beyond Diversity panel

Honors students Jesus Nazario and Claudia Iraheta participating in a public panel discussion on diversity and social justice on campus


Students engaging with faculy and guest lecuturers

Students Rebecca Hanai, Lacey Arnett and Laura Herrera engaging with faculty after a lecture by tech journalist Rob Walker

Students socializing at spring reception

Mia Fredricks, Ellen Barth and Bryna Herskowitz sharing a laugh at the annual reception to welcome new students and honor graduating seniors