College of Communication launches Latino Media and Communication Program

This fall DePaul University’s College of Communication kicked off a new Latino media and communication academic program.

Jacqueline Taylor, dean of the College of Communication, says the new program includes partnerships with a number of Latin American universities and will offer an undergraduate minor as well as undergraduate and graduate concentrations. The minor program teaches students to think critically about all aspects of media and communication, with a particular focus on Latino media and communities, and how to create communication strategies that effectively reach the Latino population.

A number of special events have been planned as part of the program’s inaugural year. The first of these, a ribbon-cutting reception and exhibition of “Origins: A Photographic Journey to the Latino Roots” was held Sept. 30 during Hispanic Heritage month. The exhibit presented digital photography and essays related to Mexican culture and the cultural identity of Mexican immigrants in Chicago.

Cristina Benitez, director of the Latino media and communication program, remarks, “highlighting the photojournalism of DePaul and Universidad Panamericana students is the perfect way to kick off this important new initiative at DePaul. Latino media and cultural influences are expanding around the country. DePaul is leading the communication field’s response to this significant shift with this exciting curricular initiative.”

For more information, please visit the Latino Media and Communication Program online description.

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