Communication Studies Symposium

The 2019 symposium title is Leading with Purpose: Navigating Organizational Culture, Communication, & Identity

The day-long symposium will feature scholarly and professional presentation/discussion panels and a keynote address given by Dr. Patrice Buzzanell ’75. Faculty, staff, students, activists, leaders, and community members are invited to the symposium that seeks to contribute to conversations about what it means to lead with purpose, particularly with respect to creating organizational cultures that are inclusive, safe/brave, and responsive to the major global challenges of our time. More importantly, the symposium aims to emphasize the central role of communication in the purposeful management of cultures, ideologies, and identities in various organizational contexts through its interdisciplinary commitments.

Location: Van Bokkelen Hall Auditorium, VB 204

time event
8:30 a.m. Registration Opens
9:00 a.m. Diversity & Inclusion in Your Early Career Panel
10:15 a.m. Keynote Address: Dr. Patrice Buzzanell '75
11:45 a.m. Gender Discrimination & Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Panel
1:00 p.m. Conclusion of Symposium

Continuing the Conversation

What Were You Wearing? Weaving a New Narrative

“What Were You Wearing? Weaving a New Narrative” aims to dismantle the toxic ideology behind the question asked to so many sexual assault survivors — “did what you wear cause your attack?” As a platform to allow survivors to reclaim their bodies and stories, this exhibit consists of first-hand survivor accounts detailing what they were wearing when assaulted to debunk the theory that the two are correlated, or that a survivor should have any blame in the matter. This exhibit will act as a springboard to illuminate the severe problem of sexual assault across college campuses.

No matter a visitor’s experience with sexual violence, our hope is that they will be impacted through the project goals of awareness, support, advocacy, education, and agency. As they engage with the exhibit, we hope participants will become aware of how rape culture is perpetuated by society, acquire knowledge of how to support survivors, learn ways to advocate for the bodies of all members of their community to ensure safety, and serve as a witness to decades of trauma occurring in the state of Maryland.

The “What Were You Wearing?” Survivor Art Installation originated at the University of Arkansas in 2013 inspired by inspired by Dr. Mary Simmerling’s poem, What I Was Wearing. Towson University’s exhibit will feature a campus-wide multimedia exhibit, in conjunction with open forums, and guest speakers, book discussions, staged readings, and more.

Sponsored by the Maryland Humanities Major Grant Project, COFAC Diversity & Inclusion Committee, CoLab, Albert S. Cook Library, TU Health Center, TU Center for Student Diversity.

For questions please contact Professor Julie Potter at