Susan Owusu

Prof. Susan OwusuInstructor of American Studies
Email: sowusu@wheelock.edu
Phone: 617-879-2186
Office: Activities 225D

Educational Degrees

B.A. 1991, Bridgewater State College

Recognized as an expert in the field of race and media education, Susan Owusu has been director of Wheelock's Communications and Media Literacy program since its  launch in 2009. She also created and oversees the annual Wheelock film festival, which highlights innovative student work. She was previously Assistant Director of Youth Programs at YWCA Boston, overseeing all aspects of the organization's youth programs serving more than 1,300 Boston youth annually.

Research and Publications

  • "Using Media Literacy to Combat Racism." Youth Media Reporter 4 (2010): 15-18
  • "Digicide" poster display, presented at Wheelock College Documentation Studio, spring, 2011

Selected Lectures

  • Media Literacy Basics for Teens, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston MA 2000
  • Using Media in After-school Programs with Teens, Mayor's Youth Symposium, Boston MA 2001
  • The African American images in American Media, YWCA Boston Black History Month Celebration, Boston, MA 2002
  • The African American images in American Media, Excel High School, Boston, MA 2002
  • Beyond the Classroom: Media Literacy in a Multi-Cultural World, National Media Educators Conference, Baltimore, MD, 2003
  • Working with Gender Issues in After School Settings, Girls Coalition, Boston, MA, 2003
  • Addressing Diversity in Girls Programming, Girls Coalition, Boston, MA, 2003
  • Using Media Education in Gender Specific Programs, The Medical Foundation, Boston, MA, 2003
  • Media Literacy in a Diverse World, Rhode Island Affirmative Action Coalition, Providence, RI, 2003
  • Media Literacy Education in After-school, MIT Comparative Media Studies Colloquium Series, Cambridge, MA 2004
  • Culture Complex: Media and Multiculturalism, National Media Educators Conference, San Francisco, CA, 2005
  • Media Literacy in After School Settings, HOME, Inc., Cambridge, MA 2005
  • The Sexualization of Children, Association for Moral Education, Cambridge, MA, 2005
  • Reading the Black Male Body, Wheelock College, Boston, MA 2006
  • Leadership and Personal Power, Mohawk Regional High Western Mass Student Government Conference, Greenfield, MA 2006
  • Media Literacy for Teens, Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood, 2007
  • Power of Storytelling in a New Century, National Media Educators Conference, St. Louis, MO 2007
  • Redefine your Media Mind! BEST Youth worker Intensive, 2008
  • Media Literacy for the New World Order, Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood, Boston, MA 2008
  • Using Media Literacy in Teen identity Development, 21st Century Skills Media Literacy Conference, MIT, Cambridge MA, 2009
  • Documentation Basics for Educators, Louisiana Children's Museum, New Orleans, LA, 2010
  • Media Literacy and Teen Identity, Focus on Youth Media Literacy Conference, MIT, Cambridge MA, 2011
  • Social Networking in Real and Virtual Spaces, Colleges of the Fenway 10th Annual Teaching and Learning Conference, Octpber 2011

Professional Memberships and Honors

  • YWCA Boston Employee of the Year, YWCA Boston, 2001
  • LINC Non Profit Professional, planning committee member, 2003
  • South End Lower Roxbury Youth Worker's Alliance, Steering Committee Member 2003-2004, 2005-2006
  • Alliance for Media Literate America, 2003 to present

Courses Taught

  • AST140 Media and Race in American Society
  • COM150 Communication, Persuasion, and Propaganda
  • COM250 Apocalyptic America
  • COM440 Media as a Tool for Social Change
  • HDS106 Sociology of Minority Groups

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