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November 21, 2023

CI classes welcome global perspectives and diverse voices

By Alexandria Landgraf

ESPN Managing Post Producer Crystal Gentry

ESPN Managing Post Producer Crystal Gentry

On Oct.10, 2023, three guest speakers from across the globe shared their insights about integrated strategic communication, information communication technology and journalism, each focusing on the representation of either global perspectives or historically marginalized voices. 

Students in ISC Assistant Professor Sarah Geegan’s Global Public Relations course heard from Jo-Anne Godden, a British sustainable fashion entrepreneur, and Helen Marcos, a Mexican artist and entrepreneur. Godden’s work serves as a model for addressing the challenges of incorporating diversity and inclusivity in the modern fashion industry. Marcos’ work focuses on how people can use images to tell stories about gender and community.

ICT students in Assitant Professor Meghan Dowell’s Issues in Information Communication Technology course heard from Nyari Samushonga, the CEO of WeThinkCode, an academy expanding coding knowledge in South Africa. Samushonga is committed to fostering digital skills, innovation and technological growth in the country, reflecting the growing importance of digital literacy and technology education in a global context.

Journalism students in Lecturer Andrew Dawson’s Sports Broadcasting and Production course heard from Crystal Gentry, a female ESPN managing post producer. Gentry provided students with a unique and valuable opportunity to learn from her extensive experience as a Black female producer with a 23-year tenure at the network. Her journey, achievements and knowledge in the sports broadcasting and media production industry provided students with a valuable perspective on the dynamics of the field and the importance of diversity in media.

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