M.A. Alumni Stories

Dante Johnson – Class of 2011

Dante entered UNCG’s Communication Studies Program after receiving a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from Eastern University in St. Davids, PA.   The Communication Studies program helped Dante explore identity, advocacy, and social justice for communities of color. He earned his MA from UNCG in 2011.

Dante was invited to co-author two pieces with Dr. Cerise Glenn, of UNCG’s Communication Studies Department. In 2012 they published “What they see as acceptable:” A co-cultural theoretical analysis of Black male expression at a predominantly White institution in the Howard Journal of Communications, which was the recipient of the 2013 NCA African American Communication and Culture Division Outstanding Journal Article Award. In 2014, they published “Life in Black and White: Cautionary tales of internalizing cultural norms of race, class, and gender in The Family that Preys” in Ronald Jackson II and Jamal Bell’s book Interpreting Tyler Perry: Perspectives on race, class, gender, and sexuality.

Dante was selected as a 2011 Teach for America corps member to teach in an underserved community. He is currently teaching at Achievement First Mayoral Academy in Providence, RI. His focus on identity, advocacy, and social justice for communities of color at UNCG has pushed him to be a part of the movement to end educational inequality.