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Diversity & Inclusion Committee

The BEA Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) committee works to support BEA’s mission to take seriously our leadership responsibility to provide equal access and opportunity by fostering academic excellence, diversity, and inclusion among students, faculty, and media professionals.

The BEA D&I committee seeks to promote research and creative work that addresses issues of diversity and inclusion in areas of race, ethnicity, gender, disability, country of origin, political affiliation, veteran status, field of research, socioeconomic status, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

The Diversity & Inclusion Research Award
Diversity & Inclusion Research Award recognizes a research paper that contributes to the academic knowledge in the field of diversity in media content, the media professions, or the teaching of diversity topics or to diverse populations. Papers are selected from research that has been accepted in one of the BEA convention scholarly research/paper competitions.

If your paper qualifies as a candidate for the award, when you submit the title and abstract of your paper to the appropriate interest division, answer “YES” to the question: “Would you like your paper to be considered for the Diversity & Inclusion Paper Award? 
For more information and submission information on BEA’s convention paper competitions, click here.

2017 Diversity & Inclusion Research Award: The Final Hurdle in Team Sports?: Framing Jason Collins’s and Michael Sam’s Coming Out Stories in Broadcast and Online; Leigh Moscowitz, University of South Carolina; Andrew C. Billings, University of Alabama; Khadija Ejaz, University of South Carolina & Jane O’Boyle, University of South Carolina

The Diversity & Inclusion Creative Award
Diversity & Inclusion Creative Award recognizes creative works that diversifies media content by telling stories that often don’t find a place in the media universe. Creative works are selected from entries accepted by one of the BEA Festival of Media Arts Competitions.

This award will be given for the first time at BEA2018 in Las Vegas.

The D&I committee also works to provide resources for its members interested in diversity and inclusion. Click here to see a list of links and resources.  

Diversity & Inclusion Committee

Chair: Kim Zarkin, Westminster College – Salt Lake City
Committee Members:
Jen Meadows, California State University, Chico
Nancy Robinson, TV Academy Foundation
Heather Stillwell, California Baptist University
Patty Williamson, Central Michigan University
Ed Youngblood, Auburn University