Jorge Reina Schement
Vice President of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, Rutgers University
Jorge is Vice President of the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion at Rutgers University. He is also a Distinguished Professor of Communication Policy, and of Latino Studies, and chair of the Executive Committee for Rutgers’ 250th Anniversary Commemoration. Schement is author of over 250 books, papers, and articles. Previously, Schement served as Dean of the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers after teaching as a distinguished professor at Penn State University, where he cofounded the Institute for Information Policy. He joined the faculty at Penn State after serving as a communication professor at Rutgers, UCLA, the University of Southern California, and the University of Texas-Austin. Schement holds a Ph.D from Stanford University in Communication, an M.S. in marketing from the University of Illinois, and a B.A. from Southern Methodist University.
A Latino from South Texas, his research focuses on the social and policy implications of the production and consumption of information, especially as they relate to ethnic minorities. He conducted the first study of the impact of minority ownership in broadcasting, and conducted the original research that led to recognition of the Digital Divide. He introduced the idea of Universal Service as an evolving concept, a view adopted in the Telecommunications Act of 1996. His studies of minority ownership contributed to the Supreme Court’s decision in Metro Broadcasting, Inc. v. F.C.C. et al.
He authored the telecommunications policy agenda for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and advised the FCC Transition Team for the Obama administration. He is a founding member of the FCC Federal Advisory Committee on Diversity in the Digital Age. The movement to integrate community museums, libraries, and public broadcasting as Partners in Public Service began in a project he codirected. He has served on editorial boards of 18 academic journals, guest edited the Annual Review of Technology for the Aspen Institute, and is editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of Communication and Information.
Schement has served on advisory boards for the National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council, National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, Office of Technology Assessment, United States Commission on Civil Rights, Centers for Disease Control, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Governor of California, Media Access Project, Libraries for the Future, Tomás Rivera Policy Institute, Center for Media Education, Internet Policy Institute, American Library Association, Minority Media Telecommunications Council, New Millennium Research Council, Open Society Institute, Advertising Council, Benton Foundation, Aspen Institute, MCI, Verizon, and Pew Project on Internet and American Life. He chaired the board of directors of TPRC Inc.