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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.

About the University of Houston-Downtown

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 President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 61,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and awarded UHD a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.