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[College of Communication and Information Sciences]

HIGH-SCHOOL AND MINORITY PROGRAMS

Because of low representation of minorities in U.S. mass media, the College of Communication and Information Sciences operates a minority program that recruits and prepares students for careers in communication. Through the program, the two-week Minority Journalism Workshop for high-school students is held on campus each summer. The minority program also assists in arranging hometown mentorships between high-school and college students and media professionals; coordinates minority scholarships and other opportunities; prepares students for internships and job interviews; and provides for peer and faculty mentoring at the University.

The journalism office also coordinates college credit courses in journalism education for prospective, new, and veteran journalism teachers and publications advisers.

The College of Communication and Information Sciences cooperates with the UA Media Planning Board in conducting programs for high-school students.

Tuscaloosa Debate League

The Tuscaloosa Debate League is part of a national project, funded by the Open Society Institute, to increase minority participation in high-school debate. University of Alabama Debate Team members work with students from local high schools, teaching them debate and argumentation skills and hosting tournaments between the schools. The Tuscaloosa Debate League also awards scholarships to summer debate workshops and for participation in debate at any university.