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UETN Executive to Serve on National Diversity Leadership Initiative

KUEN station manager Laura Hunter will participate in Public Media Diversity Fellowship Program

Laura Hunter(Salt Lake City) - Laura G. Hunter, Ph.D., Chief Operations Officer of the Utah Education and Telehealth Network and Station Manager of KUEN-TV, will be a part of the first-ever national class designed to explore opportunities and challenges related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the public media sector.

Dr. Hunter joins other distinguished public media leaders from across the country to participate in the Public Media Diversity Leaders Initiative (PMDLI), a program of the Riley Institute® at Furman University offered in partnership with South Carolina ETV and modeled after the Institute's award-winning South Carolina Diversity Leaders Initiative.

“This work is essential to guide public media organizations like UETN in service to our community. Equity, diversity, and inclusion are integral to UETN’s statewide mission and our Board’s strategic plan. I’m honored to join this timely initiative,” said Dr. Hunter.

She is one of 30 individuals to be a part of the inaugural cohort. Participants will take part in a highly interactive curriculum comprising scenario analyses and other experiential learning tools that supports public media leaders in their efforts to apply diversity, equity, and inclusion principles to behaviors, systems, and cultures within their organizations.

“Today’s heightened awareness of racial and other inequities in American institutions has magnified and accelerated organizational and stakeholder expectations that public media leaders establish diversity, equity, and inclusion as core values within their organizations,” said Anthony Padgett, president and CEO of South Carolina ETV. “Recognizing that, we are proud to partner with the Riley Institute to offer this unique virtual program to our peers from across the country.”

Collectively, PMDLI participants reflect a vast public media ecosystem, representing both television and radio as well as a variety of geographic regions, audiences, affiliate organizations, and diversity dimensions. Upon graduating from the program in July, members of the first PMDLI class will help identify future program participants.

“The Riley Institute is proud to play a role in connecting a network of public media professionals who are committed to managing, leading, and meeting the needs of increasingly diverse workers, clients, and audiences,” said Dr. Donald Gordon, executive director of the Riley Institute. “We look forward to seeing the positive impact this program will have in communities across the country.”

For more information about PMDLI, visit furman.edu/public-media-dli.

About the Riley Institute at Furman University
Furman University’s Richard W. Riley Institute advances social and economic progress in South Carolina and beyond by building leadership for a diverse society, hosting expert speakers to broaden perspectives on critical issues, supporting public education, and creating knowledge through community solutions-focused research. It is committed to nonpartisanship in all it does and to a rhetoric-free, facts-based approach to change. Learn more at riley.furman.edu.

About the Utah Education and Telehealth Network
The Utah Education and Telehealth Network (UETN) provides broadband and support to public, technical and higher education serving more than 886,000 students and 81,000 faculty and staff throughout Utah. The Network also operates public television station KUEN on behalf of the Utah Board of Higher Education. UETN also connects more than 70 Utah hospitals, clinics, health departments and dialysis centers in Utah and is headquarters of the Northwest Regional Telehealth Resource Center, serving Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming.

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