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Howard University Sends Top Communications Students to Diversity Academy in Atlanta


WASHINGTON—On Sunday, October 27, four Howard University strategic communication students returned from a five-day immersive professional development experience at the seventh-annual Myra D. Blackmon ADPR Academy for Diversity and Inclusion in Atlanta.

AdPR and the AdPR Academy works to strengthen students' industry knowledge, professional skills and network of professional contacts. The organization also aims to strategically address diversity gaps in the communications industry.

2023 marks the second year of participation of students from the Department of Communication Studies in the Cathy Hughes School of Communication. The students were seniors Madison Grant and Nneka Emeagwali, junior Chandler Bailey, and sophomore Tehya Thompson. The students are not only top communications students, but also members of the D. Parke Gibson Chapter of PRSSA, one of the largest HBCU chapters in the country.



Senior Nneka Emeagwali shares her perspective at a working session. 

Emeagwali, a senior from Elmont, New York, received the academy's Leaderships NEXT award, which recognizes a cohort member exhibiting the qualities of a world class leader: vision, team building, mentoring, collaboration, communication and compassion.

“Being part of Cohort 7 was a game-changer: consistently networking, learning from industry experts and giving it my all at every turn. I can't wait to use the knowledge gained during this amazing experience to make a significant impact in my career," Emeagwali said.

The AdPR Academy includes prestigious corporate partners such as American Airlines, Fitzco, Hilton, Georgia-Pacific, Comcast, Publicis Health and Porter Novelli. The academy provides each participant with move than 35 hours of training and mentoring by leading experts and professionals in the industry, networking opportunities with corporate executives and agency professionals from highly regarded institutions in Atlanta and surrounding states, as well as hands-on experience producing a solution to a real-life challenge faced by advertising and public relations professionals.

"High-stakes, hands-on professional experiences enrich our students and help them take the industry by storm," said Kehbuma Langmia, Ph.D, chair of the Communication Studies Department. "We prepare our students comprehensively, so that when a Howard candidate walks through the door, hiring managers know to expect the best."

Top Image: The seventh cohort of the Myra D. Blackmon ADPR Academy for Diversity and Inclusion.


About Howard University

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 14 schools and colleges. Students pursue more than 140 programs of study leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University operates with a commitment to Excellence in Truth and Service and has produced two Schwarzman Scholars, four Marshall Scholars, four Rhodes Scholars, 12 Truman Scholars, 25 Pickering Fellows and more than 165 Fulbright recipients. Howard also produces more on-campus African American PhD. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, visit  www.howard.edu.

Media contact: Sholnn Freeman; sholnn.freeman@howard.edu