Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Statement

MCOM Diversity Statement


The Department of Mass Communication is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in order to foster a mutually respectful environment so all may thrive and succeed.  Diversity in conception and creation of media content includes the accurate portrayals of racial and ethnic minorities, international communities, women, the elderly, persons with physical or mental disabilities, sexual orientation, political thought and religious beliefs.

Additionally, the department will maintain a respectful and mutually supportive environment during group interactions and instructor-students meetings reflecting Winthrop’s commitment to diversity and inclusiveness. We define inclusion as a culture that connects each employee to the organization; encourages collaboration, flexibility, and fairness; and leverages diversity throughout the organization so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.


Mass Communication Diversity Plan

Winthrop’s department and coursework emphasize that the ethics and inclusiveness of mass communication professions require an ongoing effort to provide platforms from which voices, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or religious and political thought, can be represented and reported upon. Read the full plan here.


Diversity Training

Throughout the 2020-21 school year, mass communication faculty attended the university's "Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Certificate Program," which included sessions on "racism and ethnocentrism," "addressing implicit bias and microaggressions," and "challenging classism and ageism," among others. The program continues during the 2021-22 school year.


Student Groups

The Department of Mass Communication sponsors a number of student groups that are committed to promoting diversity and inclusion:

The Roddey McMillan Record

Delivered monthly, the RMR is a multicultural student publication serves as a voice of the minority population. Writers promote cultural diversity by informing the Winthrop community of multicultural and minority achievements, happenings, issues, and concerns.

Winthrop University Association of Black Journalists

Founded in 2009, the Winthrop University Association of Black Journalists (WUABJ) is dedicated to providing students seeking careers in media with exceptional networking opportunities. The group is the first collegiate chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists in South Carolina. In 2019, WUABJ was named the Association of Black Journalists student chapter of the year



Faculty Research

Kasko, J. (2017, August). Misconception of Barack Obama’s religion: A content analysis of print news coverage of the president. The Newspaper Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference, Chicago, IL. http://www.aejmc.org/home/2017/06/news-2017-abstracts/

Reel, G. (2015). “Dudes, ‘Unnatural Crimes,’ and a ‘Curious Couple:’ The National Police Gazette's Oblique Coverage of Alternative Gender Roles in the Late Nineteenth Century. Journalism History, 41(2), 85-92. https://doi.org/10.1080/00947679.2015.12059220

Stuart, B. (2014). “From Selma, Alabama, to Derry, Northern Ireland: Media Images and their Influence on Civil Rights Demonstrations,” Mass Communication & Journalism, 4:6. DOI: 10.4172/2165-7192.1000200.

Stuart, B. (2014, October). Helping Students Cross Conceptual Gateways to a Global Mindset: Case Study of an International Communication Course. The Clute Institute’s International Education Conference.

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