"Stereotypes, Stigma, and Social Change: Examining the Role of Media in Racial Justice"
Srivi Ramasubramanian will provide an overview of how race as a social construct has real-world implications for social inequalities relating to media access, ownership, representation, and participation. She will draw on her research on mediated stereotypes and stigma, teaching experiences at a historically white institution, community-based advocacy work, and campus diversity leadership to illustrate the challenges and opportunities for using media for greater inclusion and social justice. She will conclude by sharing some thoughts on how media scholar-activist-educators committed to social justice can work together towards more inclusive media practices at the individual, organizational, and community levels around the world.
About Srivi Ramasubramanian
Srivi Ramasubramanian is Professor of Communication, Affiliated Professor of Women’s & Gender Studies, and former Associate Dean for Climate & Inclusion at Texas A&M University. Her scholarship focuses on media and identity, media literacy, stereotyping processes, intercultural/intergroup communication, and social justice. She is the Director of the Difficult Dialogues on Campus Race Relations, founding chair of the Communicating Diversity student conference, Convener of the campus-wide Inclusive Pedagogy Workshop Series, and cofounder of Media Rise (a nonprofit for meaningful media for social change). She is Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Communication Research and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Communication, Communication Monographs, Journal of International & Intercultural Communication, and Journal of Children and Media. Her work has been recognized with the Cornerstone Faculty Fellowship ’18-’22, NAMLE Outstanding Researcher Award, Center for Teaching Excellence Faculty Fellowship, NCA Mass Comm Division Service Award, Graduate Faculty Mentoring Award, ACE Award for Women’s Progress, and Outstanding Diversity Team Award.