Robinson encourages diversity at broadcasters’ conference

FAMU President Larry Robinson (right) was part of a panel that included Claudia Puig (left) and moderator Michelle Duke.
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Special to the Outlook

OCEAN REEF, Fla. – Florida A&M University President Larry Robinson told an audience at the Florida Association of Broadcasters Conference that “diversity will open new opportunities for rewarding partnerships.” 

With the job market opening up and many positions going unfilled, this is a challenge and an opportunity for the industry, Robinson said.

Robinson was a part of a diversity roundtable that included, Claudia Puig, president and general manager of Univision, and Michelle Duke, vice president for the National Association of Broadcasters, who moderated the panel. This is the first Florida Association of Broadcasters in-person conference since the COVID-19 pandemic.

Puig, who is also a director for the Florida International University (FIU) Foundation, said “We have to broaden perspectives and create understanding by opening dialogue and having conversations.” 

Providing pathways to success will keep Florida’s broadcast industry strong, she added.

“Seeing students who have the aptitude but just need the opportunity and support is the key,” she said. “I am proud that FIU and FAMU are leaders in graduating diverse students.”

Robinson also praised the efforts of FAMU and FIU, the two-State University System leaders in Social Mobility, according to U.S. News and World Reports.

“We have to provide positive environments for first-generation college students who need good mentors and internship opportunities,” he said. 

He cautioned station owners and general managers, that a bad experience could hurt a company’s efforts to recruit top talent. “Give students something intellectually challenging and real work to help them learn and grow,” he said.

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