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CCI Diversity & Inclusion Week 2018

McKenzieThe College of Communication and Information will host its ninth annual Diversity and Inclusion Week September 24 – 27. Alison Bethel McKenzie, executive director of the Society of Professional Journalists is this year’s keynote speaker.
The keynote will bedelivered Monday, September 24 in the Communications Building’s Patrick Auditorium. A reception will be held at 4:30 p.m. with the keynote from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
McKenzie is a veteran journalist and educator. She spent a year in Accra, Ghana (2008-2009), for the Washington, DC-based International Center for Journalists, as a Knight International Journalism Fellow, helping Ghanaian journalists improve their reporting skills in the run-up to the 2008 presidential election; and a year in Bangalore, India (2016-2017) as a visiting professor of print and investigative journalism.
From 2009-2015, she served as the executive director of the International Press Institute in Vienna, Austria. McKenzie is a co-founder and former vice president of the board of directors for Media Institute of the Caribbean. She is a former board member of AlJazeera America (NY) and a member and former board member of the National Press Club in Washington, DC.
The theme for this year’s sessions is “Let’s Talk: Listen, Learn and Lead.” Topics for the nine sessions will be: Search Engines, Artificial Intelligence and Personal Identity; #Movement: Social Media and Change; Politics and Civil Discourse; Immigration: Capturing the Dream; Open Forum on Technology Use and Civility; Coping with Life Issues; Marginalized Populations and the Justice System; Cultural Appropriation vs. Appreciation; and What Would You Do?
The week will culminate with an all-campus barbecue featuring games, a photo booth, live music, international dance and cultural performances. CCI student organizations will host special activities at the festival.
For a complete list of activities, dates, times and locations, see All sessions are free and open to the public. Some sessions will be streamed online. The link to the streamed sessions can be found on the web link.