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A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion



The A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications recognizes a diverse learning environment in multiple socio-economic and psychographic factors to represent not only the geographical region, but also expectations of the disciplines and professions of JMC, specifically in students, faculty and staff members, and in curriculum, via the following variables: Gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, physical ability, veteran status, political attitudes, curricular content, and teaching styles relevant to curricular delivery.


The School shall show its commitment to protecting diversity in its employment, curriculum and events, via seven annual activities. These activities also coincide with related accreditation goals in recruitment, retention, assessment, sensitization, and curricular currency.

Activity 1:

Approach underrepresented students, faculty and staff members, or mentor them, by consulting academic and professional organizations and maintaining targeted advising and retention policies.

 ↠ Goal: Meet or exceed the proportions of underrepresented faculty, students and staff at K-State and at least one other regional campus.

Activity 2:

Maintain a diverse list of speakers who would act as a “speakers’ bureau,” available for faculty to bring in as guest speakers in public relations, advertising, news reporting, and media production; and start and support a Huck Boyd Center “Diverse Voices in the Media” lecture to bring in experts relevant to JMC.

 ↠ Goal: Expose students to ideas, priorities and trends consistent with this diversity plan in order to prepare them for a global society in JMC professions.

Activity 3:

The School director shall verify annually that faculty and staff served this diversity plan in their classes or other activities, through respective annual evaluations.

 ↠ Goal: Include all faculty and staff.  

Activity 4:

Encourage students, faculty and staff to participate in mentorship programs including but not limited to new K-State faculty and student orientations and events of the New Faculty Institute, Teaching and Learning Center, Human Capital Services events, etc.

 ↠ Goal: Prioritize high-activity areas in achieving this plan annually.

Activity 5:

Maintain an advising policy focused on retaining underrepresented students and guiding them toward professional organizations, contests, scholarship programs, and other diversity-centered opportunities, including workshops, lectures and speeches.

 ↠ Goal: Retain underrepresented students.

Activity 6:

Financially support one faculty or staff member every year to visit Kansas high schools, and/or academic and professional conferences, to recruit underrepresented students in conjunction with the university office of admissions; and either encourage members of the National Advisory Council to underwrite, perhaps on a rotational basis, an annual prize for a meritorious underrepresented student or raise a campaign for it via the KSU Foundation.

 ↠ Goal: Recruit and retain underrepresented students, undergraduate and graduate, to meet or exceed proportions at K-State and at least one other regional campus.

Activity 7:

Require all core courses, undergraduate and graduate, and at least three electives every academic year to include diversity, 1) as a learning objective, 2) as a statement of support for diversity in the classroom, or 3) as actual course content that covers multicultural subjects, including but not limited to: MC612 Gender, Class, Race, and the Media, MC572 Global Mass Communications,  MC662 International and Intercultural Public Relations, and MC725 International Communications.

 ↠ Goal: Make underrepresented students feel welcome by sensitizing all students to diversity in terms of displays of bias, prejudice and discrimination.


(Revised Spring 2020)

Download a PDF of the Diversity Plan