Progress

The Moody College of Communication is committed to creating and fostering an inclusive culture where the voices, ideas and concerns of historically marginalized faculty, staff, and students will be championed. We believe that inclusion is the key that unlocks everyone’s full potential and we have charged ourselves with championing all voices and perspectives. We believe that Diversity should be baked into every aspect of our college and further believe that Inclusion, Equity, and Social Justice is not something that can be handled in one office, but in order for these issues to have real long-lasting differences, they must become an integral part of the culture of the Moody College of Communication. To that end, we in Moody have implemented and will continue to implement policies and procedures that will address the most pressing issues and concerns when it comes to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion within the college. To date we have implemented, or will soon be implementing, the following: 


CULTURE & CLIMATE

  • With the assistance of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee, college leadership and the Dean’s Office, the Moody College Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion revised the college’s diversity statement.

(completed)

  • In an effort to deal more effectively with the programmatic, pedagogical, and practical issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion within the college, we have appointed Inclusion and Equity officers from each academic unit to help mediate these issues, as well as create more cross-disciplinary conversations about the ways that the college can fulfill its commitment to inclusion. 

(completed)

  • The Moody College’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee is an active committee, charged with advising the Moody College Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion on ways that it can help to improve the culture of the college. 

(completed)

  • In order to better assess where we are and what improvements we need to make in regards to faculty, staff, and student diversity, we conducted an internal survey which outlined for us our numbers by race, ethnicity, and gender. These numbers will be shared with the larger Moody community, specifically with the individual academic units so that we can acknowledge areas in need of improvement and work to institute the necessary changes. 

(completed)

  • This coming fall 2020, a college-wide climate survey will be sent to all faculty, staff, and students. While we are striving to create an inclusive environment, we understand how vital it is to hear from members of the Moody community so that we can better assess the issues that need to be addressed and understand the most effective way to address these issues.

(in progress)


STUDENT SUPPORT

  • In the spring of 2021, the Moody College will implement The Moody Media Scholars for Social Change, a scholarship program open to all high-achieving students who have an interest in engaging the issues of representation and power as they appear in the study and practice of media and communication. With the support of Moody College’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, these scholars will plan and host events and create and exhibit various types of media aimed at fostering constructive dialogue around the social justice issues they deem most pressing within Moody and more broadly in the lives of marginalized citizens in their communities.

(in progress)

  • In spring 2021, Moody College’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will host its inaugural Inclusion in the Media Conference. The conference, which will be held virtually due to COIVD-19, will be devoted to exploring the theme of race in the media and its recent resurgence in popular discourse, posing questions to students through provocative conversations with the writers, artists, journalists, creative executives, and various practitioners addressing the question of race in the media.

(in progress)


TEACHING & CURRICULUM

  • One of Moody College’s strategic imperatives is to grow our diverse talent. Although we still have work to do and are actively implementing strategies to attract a more diverse slate of faculty, staff, and students, this year (2020) we made 16 new full-time hires, 11 of whom are people of color and/or women.

(completed)

  • All faculty will be required to complete online training modules centered on diversity, equity, and inclusion. These trainings, administered by EverFi, are “designed to provide a scalable training solution to help organizations promote respectful workplaces and comply with ever-changing regulations.” The required training modules will be administered in both the fall and spring semesters and faculty will be required to take these bi-annually. 

(in progress)

  • Moody College’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion has reached out to our other Inclusion partners across the campus and will be bringing in facilitated training centered on diversity, inclusion, and social justice. Although these facilitated discussions will change over time to serve our unique needs, as of now, our main focus is classroom management, implicit bias, diversifying our pedagogy, and an overall culture shift within the college. 

(in progress)