Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Messaging

Episode 68

EP. 68:

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Messaging

Allison featuring Jamila Walker and TaQuinda Johnson

with Jamila Walker and TaQuinda Johnson

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • How Jamila and TaQuinda connected and then together created a Facebook group for Black higher ed communication professionals
  • Why the Blacks in Higher Ed Communications Facebook group provides a much-needed sense of community and a mutual support system for participants
  • How Jamila came to working in higher ed from a background in performing arts and non-profit work
  • How TaQuinda shifted from working in the automotive industry when she was contacted by a university about an open position
  • How TaQuinda and Jamila find balance in their messaging strategy, especially during difficult times and crisis situations
  • Why teamwork, delegation, and separation between work and home life have been critical support tools to help TaQuinda and Jamila manage the challenges of 2020
  • How Jamila and TaQuinda have had to address very different situations and challenges at their respective institutions when addressing social injustice events
  • How the discussion about racial issues is an ongoing and evolving conversation at Eastern State University, and how TaQuinda has seen an extraordinary response from her efforts
  • Why institutions who say that diversity is a part of their culture need to back those words up with action


Additional resources:


Jamila Walker and TaQuinda Johnson

Social Media Manager and an Adjunct Professor at Old Dominion University in Norfolk and Social Media Strategist at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Mi.