Student Voice Team | School of Journalism & Mass Communication | Kent State University

The Student Voice Team’s mission is to advocate for the diversity and inclusion of students and to act as ambassadors for Kent State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC).

The School of JMC launched the Student Voice Team in 2014 to identify areas for improvement in both academics and student life. Team members represent the diverse mosaic of JMC and serve as representatives for the entire student body. The Student Voice Team meets every other week and has a direct line of communication to the School’s director, faculty and staff. 

The Student Voice Team has co-sponsored A JMC Conversation, created and led diversity initiatives such as training for student media and has been available to listen to students who have felt marginalized both in the School and through other parts of their lives. The team also advises the School of JMC’s Diversity and Globalization Committee and is involved in specific assignments to help the School achieve its diversity and globalization goals.

The Student Voice Team also serves as a liaison between the student body and JMC faculty. If you need to contact a representative about an issue you are having in class or with the program, please fill out the grievance form


President & Programming Director: Abigail winternitz

Junior Public Relations Major

Abigail says the SVT is important to her because she wants to ensure that valuable learning experiences -- such as student media, PRSSA, Kent State Independent Films and Franklin Advertising -- stay affordable to all students, regardless of socioeconomic status. Abigail is also the Marketing Manager for Fusion Magazine and a CCI Student Ambassador, and she currently works for Flash Communications in the University Communications and Marketing office. When Abigail graduates from Kent State, she plans on going into health and hospital PR and healthcare advocacy.