2016 Leon A. Henkin Citation for Distinguished Service Awarded To William Drummond

 

The Committee on Diversity, Equity and Campus Climate would like to congratulate Professor William Drummond of the School of Journalism for his exceptional and extraordinary service towards the academic development of students from groups who are underrepresented in the academy.

  • William Drummond
    Professor of the School of Journalism

    The Committee on Diversity, Equity and Campus Climate would like to congratulate Professor William Drummond of the School of Journalism for his exceptional and extraordinary service towards the academic development of students from groups who are underrepresented in the academy. Professor Drummond has a lauded history of service to the university; he has served two consecutive terms as Chair of the Academic Senate (2006-2008). He has also served as the Chair of the School of Journalism (2011-2014). Throughout his career as an academic and journalist, Professor Drummond has worked tirelessly to mentor and foster the participation of underrepresented minorities in the field of journalism and in the academy; these journalists include a Pulitzer Prize winner, and the New York Times principal China correspondent. In the 1990’s Professor Drummond was among the first to introduce courses on race and media in journalism school general curriculum.

    Professor Drummond is equally involved in community journalism efforts. He created the successful local website richmondconfidential.com. This site, staffed by journalism students, provides reliable local news coverage to the diverse city of Richmond, a community long underserved by Bay Area media. The website encourages the participation of local youth, giving them access and exposure to journalist methods. He has fostered two student newspapers in minority communities, one in Oakland, another in Marin City. Recently, he has developed a series of writing and journalism courses for the Prison University Project, housed at San Quentin Prison. These courses have provided the foundation for the development of a prison newspaper, written and edited by inmates.

    We at DECC and the Academic Senate at large commend Professor Drummond for his mentorship and efforts to foster diversity on campus and in the community. 

Award History

2016-2017
  • William Drummond
    Professor of the School of Journalism