Date of Award

Spring 2020

Degree Type

Capstone - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



First Advisor

Audrey Falk

Second Advisor

Melissa Nemon


As a way to increase awareness about racism in the media, research was conducted to showcase the many ways racism is perpetuated against Black people through our everyday media consumption. A workshop was held and analysis of responses from pre-event surveys, activity post-it responses, and post-event surveys were completed by attendees. Using the cultivation theory, attendees increased their overall knowledge about how the media plays a huge part in how they see society. One attendee mentioned, “I learned how the media sets thoughts or images for you without you realizing it.” It is clear that the media does a wonderful job at influencing the way society is seen and the people who live in society. Historically, Black people have always experienced racism in the media, but with new technological platforms the reach of racism is very widespread. Because people of color cannot change the color of their skin, society has to do a better job at breaking down stereotypes and the perpetuation of racism in media as a whole.