Judy Meredith elected to Fulbright Board
January 19th, 2014 by masscomm
By Dominique Lewis
Seventeen years after becoming a Fulbright Scholar in Germany, Judy Meredith has been elected to the prestigious organization’s National Board of Directors, as well as its Diversity Task Force.
An assistant professor in the department since 2008, Meredith said she is thrilled by the appointment because the Fulbright Association takes diversity seriously, as does she.
“My hope is to be a catalyst for students in Mississippi to have the opportunities I’ve had as a Fulbright Scholar,” said the former television station general manager, anchor and reporter. “I hope to, as a board member, reach out to young people and tell them about the Fulbright program and how it can make a difference in their lives.”
Meredith, the only Mississippian on the board, will spend the next three years conducting workshops at HBCU’s throughout the state. She will serve January 1 until December 31, 2016.
“I want to create some diversity; it’s [Fulbright awards] still a little one-sided. I want to bring about more non-white students to this organization.”
With her cropped platinum-blonde hair, a personality the size of California and a distinctive trademark laugh, the Gary, Ind., native is equally approachable and formidable. A review of her resume makes it clear why Meredith was selected. She has reported on slave trafficking in the Sudan and lectured on women’s issues in Montenegro and journalistic ethics in Hawaii. She also published a book on women’s challenges at breaking the glass ceiling after she herself convinced legislators to provide millions in funding for the University’s television station, which she developed and managed before joining the Department’s faculty.
“The Fulbright board couldn’t have selected a more passionate or vocal spokesperson,” said Andrea Dilworth, an assistant professor who co-chairs the department’s Diversity Committee with Meredith. “Judy can encourage minority interest and participation by illustrating to students that the Fulbright program is not some untouchable enigma that requires a 4.0 GPA and an Ivy League pedigree.”
Meredith, who holds a doctorate in Public Policy and Administration, said she is committed to the development and protection of human rights, particularly for women and children.
“By me being a faculty member in the Department of Mass Communications, I have the perfect forum to make that happen.”