UHD Hosts Race Barriers In The Media Panel
By Paige Caldwell
In observance of Black History Month, the University of Houston-Downtown's (UHD) Communication Studies Department along with the Center for Critical Race Studies (CCRS) is hosting “The Black Factor," 1- 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 20 in the Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Auditorium
The event will feature keynote speaker Isiah Carey of Fox 26’s "The Isiah Factor Uncensored" and a panel discussion with assistant professors of communication studies and CCRS Fellows, Dr. Creshema Murray and Dr. Felicia Harris. The panel will cover the topic “Overcoming Barriers to Black Representation in Media.”
"This is a very important conversation to have, especially right now during Black History Month," UHD communication lecturer Abigail Koenig noted. "The media industry is still largely dominated by white men and we need better representation that is closer to the make-up of our country. This panel is a way to get more diverse voices heard and open the table for discussion."
The event is organized in conjunction with the bi-annual speaker series hosted by the Communication Studies Department and A+CE initiative. A reception with light refreshments will immediately follow in the Coffee House area near UHD's Robertson Auditorium.
The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD)—the second largest university in Houston—has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.
As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz. Annually, UHD educates more than 14,000 students; boasts over 50,000 alumni and offers 44 bachelor’s and eight master’s degree programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service, Sciences & Technology; and University College). In 2018, UHD grew its First Time in College student population by 11 percent and transfer students by 14 percent.
UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston. It also is ranked among 15 U.S. universities with lowest net price to students (according to the U.S. Department of Education). The University is noted nationally as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a Minority-Serving Institution. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.