M.S. Student | Director of Media Living Learning Center
Research and Creative Interests
- Public Relations
- Strategic Communication
- Visual Communication
- Gender and Media
- Transparency in journalism
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
- Black Lives Matter
- Crisis Communication Strategies
“Fear has a very concrete power of keeping us from doing and saying the things that are our purpose.” -Luvvie Ajayi Jones.
Adara Donald is a native of Tennessee and is a second-year M.S. student concentrating in Strategic Communications. In May 2021, she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the IU Media School. During her undergraduate career, Adara worked for the IU School of Education’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, which sparked her interest in D.E.I. studies. With this interest, Adara has researched the language used in the media to describe Black vs. White criminal activity and the ethics behind this reporting. Adara’s current research focuses on internal communication within the Media profession, looking into how managers can enhance the workplace to eliminate tokenism and decrease burnout among women of color, and strategic communications in higher education, looking into how universities can use strategic communications to increase Black student retention/graduation rates.
Adara is the Director of the Media Living Learning Center and an Instructor of Record with the Media School.