Black Lives Matter

The Department of Communication Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno expresses its solidarity with Black students, staff and faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno and in the larger community. We condemn racism in its many forms, including the recent violent acts that have taken the lives of many Black people including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Miciah Lee and Ahmaud Arbery. These are only some of the most recent victims of the ongoing history of systemic, institutional, interpersonal and individual racism in the United States; and they are part of a long list of names that continues to grow as allies decry the actions taken against Black bodies.

As communication scholars, we recognize that symbols, messages, meaning and interaction can be constitutive of racial injustice; but that communication can also be a form of productive action. It is for these reasons that we are committed to the continued building and sustaining of an academic department where both education and research can be tools for eliminating injustices related to race and ethnicity as well as all forms of dehumanization and marginalization.

To that end, the department will be doing a systematic review of its undergraduate and graduate programs to ensure that its curricula are inclusive of theories, works and concepts that are relevant to and produced by BIPOC and other historically marginalized groups; that antiracist communication principles and practices are taught to every communication studies student as part of the academic curriculum; and that, in making these changes, the focus is not exclusively on the injustices marginalized people face, but on the entirety of their being. We commit to creating learning experiences for students that are representative of our University, community, nation and world.

Our goal is to create a robust infrastructure that will ensure marginalized bodies and identities are brought to the center of our curricula. If you have ideas about how this can happen, or if you would like to volunteer to be a part of this change, please contact the Department Chair, Jimmie Manning, to express your ideas or interest.

In the meantime, we invite you to review other statements of solidarity, action plans and movements provided by University of Nevada, Reno leaders and leaders in the communication studies discipline that seek to make both University and communication studies more inclusive and welcoming of BIPOC, especially in this historical moment when Black Lives Matter is such a vital and needed movement.

Black Student Leaders ‘Listen to Us’ Statement and Platform

College of Liberal Arts Commitment to Dismantle Racism

National Communication Association Letter of Solidarity and Sympathy

School of Social Research and Justice Studies Statement of Solidarity with Black Lives Matter

University Administration Actions to Address Racism on Campus