Dr. Uchenna Ekwo is the Research Associate in the Department of Mass Communications, Creative & Performing Arts and Speech. He is responsible for developing research plans and proposals and participating in acquiring funding and providing research support to faculty and students. Prior to joining Medgar Evers College, Dr. Ekwo taught at Rutgers Universityâ€™s School of Public Affairs and Administration, Newark Campus where he also served as Co-chair of the Annual Gershowitz Conference on Media and Democratic Governance. A scholar-practitioner, Ekwo was the founding President at the Center for Media & Peace Initiatives, New York- a media and policy think tank in Special Consultative Status with the United Nationsâ€™ Economic and Social Council. He had an impressive career working in different media platforms â€“ radio, television, newspaper, magazine, and online including Al-Jazeera News Network. A frequent public speaker, Dr. Ekwo has delivered researched papers at international conferences across five continents including his 2012 address to the Pan African Parliament in South Africa on â€œCommunication Strategies for Peace and Development in Africa.â€ A public policy analyst, journalism instructor, and media consultant, Ekwo has authored three books to his credit: Media and Diaspora Strategies: Issues in Global Governance and Democratic Participation; Mass Media & Marketing Communications: Principles, Practices, and Perspectives; and Reporting Conflicts-A practical guide to journalists.Â Dr. Ekwo is a recipient of numerous awards including Ambassador for Peace Award by the Universal Peace Federation based in the US and a nomination for the 2017 El-Hibri Peace Education Prize for his contributions towards â€œbuilding inclusive and socially just communities in the United States.â€Â His research interests are media convergence and democratic participation.