The Center is a collaboration between Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and Rutgers University. The Center for Media, Inequality and Change (MIC) explores and engages with the intersection between media, community, and social justice. MIC creates cutting edge research and analysis while collaborating with community leaders to help support engaged initiatives and policy interventions. The Center’s objective is to develop a local-to-national strategy that focuses on communication issues important to local communities and social movements in the region, while also addressing the ways in which these local issues intersect with national and international policy challenges.
The core principles of the center are to research, educate, connect, and engage and MIC accomplishes this by assessing social movement strategies and democratic deployments of technology, contributing to policy interventions and long-term field building in media, policy and technology studies, social justice, and other cognate areas and making material interventions around media and democracy. Bringing together scholars, journalists, policy makers, activists, philanthropists, and diverse constituencies, MIC strives to create more democratic media systems that serve community needs with a focus on Philadelphia and New Jersey.