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"Race, Class, Gender and Media”: Teaching Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Media and Communications Studies


Recorded October 28, 2020  |  Captions and sign language interpretation provided

75 min  |  $25.00  |  Purchase this webinar


Session Description:

Communications and media professionals – those in government, entertainment, corporations, public institutions and journalism – have the power to shape public discourse about what is right and wrong, acceptable and unacceptable, good and bad. They often hold the public’s trust to communicate information that is accurate, timely, transparent, relevant and fair. This year marked a social tipping point, particularly as it relates to the use and misuse of information. It is critical that future communications and media professionals are able to reflect on, engage in and critique public discussions on issues of race, gender, class and other identities with confidence and competence – not repeat and repackage dated stereotyped communication portrayals.

The purpose of this session is to explore the curriculum for Race, Gender, Class and Media, a course housed in Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma. The course surveys the past and present relationships between women and racial/ethnic minorities in the U.S. and the media and uses a multi-media approach to media literacy, rhetorical critique, identify construction. This session should particularly benefit faculty, student life personnel and student leaders responsible for leading tough discussions about difference and who are seeking more ways to empower all students to engage more authentically in these discussions.



Meta Carstarphen, Ph.D., APR

Professor, The University of Oklahoma

Dr. Meta G. Carstarphen, APR1  is a Professor in the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma.  She holds a Gaylord Family Professorship in Strategic Communication.  Her research interests explore how media can create social change.  Recently, she co-edited a 2017 special section in the journal, Rhetoric Review,  titled Rhetoric, Rage and Resentment: Whiteness and the New Days of Rage. Dr. Carstarphen currently serves as Editor-in-Chief for the Communication Booknotes Quarterly journal, Taylor & Francis publishers, that highlights in-depth and concise reviews about books relevant to media and communication fields.  She is only the third editor in the journal’s 50-year history and one of the few women of color serving as an academic journal editor with an international publisher.  In August, 2020, Dr. Carstarphen received the 2020 Lionel C. Barrow Award for Distinguished Achievement in Diversity Research—(Association For Education in Journalism & Mass Communication) AEJMC.

Dr. Carstarphen joined the Gaylord faculty in 2002, becoming the first tenured African American faculty member in the program’s history.  Over her time, she has served as associate dean for Academic Affairs and Graduate Director for the college. In addition to dozens of articles, chapters and conference presentations, Dr. Carstarphen has published books that include American Indians and the Mass Media (from the University of Oklahoma Press), co-edited with Dr. John Sanchez, and 3 editions of Race, Gender, Class and the Media (from Kendall-Hunt Publishers), co-authored with Dr. Sharon Bramlett-Solomon.  With professional experience in public relations and journalism, she has consulted on community relations, nonprofit public relations, and many diversity and inclusion topics.  In Spring 2021, she will co-teach a “Presidential Dream Course” with colleagues from History and African and African American studies called “The Tulsa Massacre: 100 Years Later.”

Dr. Carstarphen is married, has two sons and lives in Norman, OK.

1  APR stands for Accreditation in Public Relations and is a designation given to those who complete a voluntary international certification process affirming a commitment to professional excellence and ethical conduct in public relations.

presenter Meta Carstarphen