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College of Information and Communications

Inclusive Excellence Research Symposium

The annual symposium showcases the latest College of Information and Communications research related to access and engagement.

Previous Symposiums

Shannon Oltmann

2024 Symposium with Shannon Oltmann

Keynote address by Shannon Oltmann, associate professor in the Schoolof Information Science, College of Communication andInformation, University of Kentucky, whose research focuses on censorship, information ethics, intellectual freedom, andfreedom of speech to empower more voices to be heard. 

Jelani Cobb

2023 Symposium with Jelani Cobb

Jelani Cobb, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, journalist, historian and dean of Columbia University's Journalism School delivered the keynote address. 

Michelle Martin

2022 Symposium with Michelle Martin

Michelle Martin, Beverly Cleary Endowed Professor in Children and Youth Services in the Information School at the University of Washington, delivered the keynote address. 

Nikole Hannah-Jones

2021 Symposium with Keynote Speaker Nikole Hannah-Jones

Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, creator of the landmark 1619 Project, was the joint keynote speaker for the 2021 virtual Media & Civil Rights History Symposium and the College of Information and Communications Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Research Symposium.

Andrew Billings

2019 Symposium with Keynote Speaker Dr. Andrew C. Billings

This year’s event focused on social justice and youth education, civil rights history, gender and race in sports, race, class, and sexuality in media and team sports, personality biases in the workplace, and information access and social inclusion.


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2018 Symposium with Keynote Speaker Dr. Nicole Cooke

Dr. Cooke's research focuses on diversity and social justice in librarianship. Cooke is the 2017 recipient of the American Library Association Achievement in Library Diversity Research Award and the 2016 recipient of the ALA Equality Award and the Larine Y. Cowan Make a Difference Award for Teaching and Mentoring in Diversity.

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