October 30, 2014  

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Mass Communication and Journalism Honored for Commitment to Diversity

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The University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism recently earned the Minority Recruitment and Retention Award from the Southern States Communication Association (SSCA).

The SSCA Minority Recruitment and Retention Award honors institutions that have demonstrated noteworthy commitment to the recruitment and retention of minority students for their campuses. 

“The SSCA award is a great honor for our school,” said Dr. Kim LeDuff, associate professor of mass communication and acting director for the school. “We take great pride in the fact that through our school's diversity plan we have managed to attract a diverse population of students, develop the most diverse faculty of any unit on campus and create and foster an open and inclusive environment for our faculty, staff and students."

LeDuff said the school is also committed to encouraging future journalists and communicators that it trains to be culturally competent and understand the importance of including diverse voices as they inform society.

"Many of our faculty and graduate students are engaged in research that explores diverse issues, including: the history and representation of race, ethnicity, gender, ability and sexuality in media as well as how diverse groups use media technology," LeDuff said.

To learn more about the Southern Miss School of Mass Communication and Journalism, including its academic programs, activities and achievements, online visit www.usm.edu/mcj.