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Broadcast journalism professor receives CHS Trailblazer in Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Award

Clarence Thomas, Ph.D. is an associate professor of mass communications in the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture.
Clarence Thomas sitting in a v.c.u. classroom

Thomas started his broadcast career at WTAR-TV and WHOV_FM, later founding and serving as the general manager for the Winston-Salem State University radio station, WSNC-FM. Pivoting to the world of academia, he received a doctorate in mass communications with a specialty in media history from the University of Florida.

Thomas has made enduring contributions to the teaching and service of racial and ethnic minorities in journalism and mass communication over the last three decades. His initiatives have ensured that the Robertson School and VCU have become more diverse and inclusive places to both learn and work.

"Diversity already exists in the world. However, inclusion and equity are not."

Serving as a founding member of the MASC Diversity Committee and the vice president of the VCU Black Education Association, Thomas has demonstrated his commitment to inclusion, diversity and equity. His work and research focus on media history, ethics and society.

Thomas says his recognition is particularly special to him. "This award means a lot to me since my family has deep roots at VCU." During his remarks at the CHS faculty and staff awards ceremony, Thomas urged VCU to continue the meaningful work that the award recognizes.

"I challenge VCU to continue to work towards the fair treatment of community members."

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