The Diversity Institute has offices, staff, programs and classes at the John Seigenthaler Center in Nashville, Tenn., at the Al Neuharth Media Center in Vermillion, S.D., and at the Freedom Forum headquarters and Newseum in Washington, D.C.
John Seigenthaler Center
The John Seigenthaler Center, located on the Vanderbilt University campus in Nashville, is home to teaching facilities and offices of the Diversity Institute and First Amendment Center. The facility is run by the Freedom Forum and is named for John Seigenthaler, founder of the First Amendment Center, founding editorial director of USA TODAY and chairman emeritus of The Tennessean.
The facility opened in 1993 in a new building funded by a $2 million grant from the Freedom Forum. The building, which also houses the Vanderbilt Institute for Public Policy Studies, incorporated the former residence of the president of Peabody College, now a part of Vanderbilt University. Work was completed in November 2001 on an $8 million building expansion, which is home to offices and classrooms of the Diversity Institute and administrative offices of the Freedom Forum.
Al Neuharth Media Center
The Al Neuharth Media Center, located on the University of South Dakota campus in Vermillion, is named for Al Neuharth, founder of the Freedom Forum and USA TODAY, and a 1950 USD journalism graduate. It is home to the Freedom Forum’s and the Diversity Institute’s South Dakota operations, to South Dakota Public Broadcasting, the USD Department of Contemporary Media and Journalism and, all USD student media, including The Volante. Diversity Institute programs based at the Neuharth Center include the American Indian Journalism Institute and other initiatives to encourage Native students to pursue journalism careers.
The building is operated jointly by the Freedom Forum and the university. Conference and meeting facilities at the Al Neuharth Media Center are available for booking by university departments, organizations and programs. The refurbished building, completed in 2003 with major funding from the Freedom Forum, is a popular venue for workshops, training, classes and lectures, luncheon meetings and dinner programs. The state-of-the-art Freedom Forum Conference Room comfortably accommodates up to 120 for a sit-down meal and about 200 people for auditorium-style seating. The Freedom Forum Board Room is designed for smaller gatherings of about a dozen people. The center’s spectacular two-story Freedom Forum Concourse is ideal for receptions and social gatherings. For reservations and inquiries, contact Darlene Schieffer at the Al Neuharth Media Center, 605/677-3114 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Freedom Forum and Newseum
Freedom Forum offices, conference center and the Newseum are located at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Sixth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., on America’s Main Street between the White House and the U.S. Capitol and adjacent to the Smithsonian museums on the National Mall. The exterior’s unique architectural features include a 74-foot-high marble engraving of the First Amendment and an immense front wall of glass through which passers-by can watch the museum fulfill its mission of providing a forum where the media and the public can gain a better understanding of each other.
The Diversity Institute’s Chips Quinn Scholars program and the staff that runs it are based in Washington. The program is named for John “Chips” Quinn Jr., editor of the Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) Journal, who died at age 34. His commitment to diversity now is his legacy. Chips was the son of John C. Quinn, former deputy chairman of the Freedom Forum, and the late Loie Quinn, who together founded the program in 1991. There were six scholars that first summer. Today, more than 1,100 men and women have become Chips Quinn Scholars in the program that provides training, classes, mentoring, scholarships and arranges paid newsroom internships.
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