DEIA Initiatives

Activities that support inclusivity, diversity, equity and accessibility are prominent at the Newhouse School. Support can be found in the curriculum, procedures for hiring and recruitment, co-curricular and extracurricular activities and many more events in the life of the school.

Curriculum: The Newhouse School offers courses that explore issues of diversity in various media and types of media content, as well as courses that explore concepts of identity, stereotypes, racism, misogyny and other issues.

IDEA Committee: A combined committee of faculty, staff and students supports the school’s efforts to enhance diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility through programming, information gathering and advocacy.

Commitment to diversity in hiring: Search committees work to produce diverse applicant pools for faculty and staff positions through targeted advertising and recruiting.

Leaders in Communications: This monthly speaker series brings media leaders, influencers and newsmakers to the Newhouse School for candid and insightful conversations with students and other guests. With a special emphasis on current trends and challenges, the series helps students keep apace of a quickly changing communications industry and provides them with a connection to the professions they will eventually lead. The series also offers valuable networking and learning opportunities, as guests visit classrooms or student organizations in addition to participating in the public conversation.

Conversation on Race and Entertainment Media: This annual event features figures in the entertainment industry discussing issues of concern to an increasingly diverse industry and audience.

Inclusion at Newhouse: These regular, generally agenda-free open forums allow students—especially those from marginalized identities—to discuss their experiences and find support from peers, faculty and staff.

Newhouse Ambassadors: Students from diverse backgrounds participate in the recruitment of undergraduate students through the Office of Admissions, and establish the Newhouse Office of Recruitment and Diversity as a support space for students.

Multimedia Resource Library: The Newhouse faculty maintains a growing collection of media and communication-related articles, audio and video pieces on issues in diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility.

Margins: This group of Newhouse alumni are reaching back to the school to support students of color, LGBTQ+ students and international students. Currently recruiting members, Margins helps current students navigate life at Syracuse University, and connects them with strong career role models.

Support. The Newhouse School has created opportunities for donors to direct their support to a number of funds designed to honor our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Learn more about the Newhouse School’s Forever Orange DEI initiatives.

Syracuse values diversity, is committed to inclusion and seeks to provide access for all people, including those with disabilities. Learn more about disability and accessibility at Syracuse University.