Gabrielle Maylock

International Experience Country:
South Africa
Cohort Year:
Home Institution:

University of Pittsburgh | Johnstown

Heinz Programming Area:
Arts and Culture
International Experience Summary:

Gabrielle Maylock studied African Literature and Social Entrepreneurship in Cape Town, South Africa. As a student majoring in Communication with a Business minor, she was intrigued by the intercultural and nonverbal communication differences and the diverse enterprises found in the South African culture. Not only was her coursework influential to her study abroad experience, but excursions and cultural encounters made her experience all the more worthwhile.  She had the time of her life as she explored the "Mother City" by visiting historical sites like Robben Island, townships, and Bo-kapp and by revealing her inner adventurer as she hiked 11 miles up and down Table Mountain and walked beside lions and rode elephants. Overall, Gabi enjoyed the many aspects that South Africa offers to study abroad students: its culture, history, food, and wildlife.  After spending four weeks abroad, she has a great admiration for the country of South Africa and hopes to travel back one day!  

Community Engagement Experience Summary:

CEE Title: Ethnicity Editor

“Ethnicity Editor: Understanding How Minorities Are Misrepresented in the Media” was a community engagement event that encouraged Pitt-Johnstown students to consider how minorities are negatively portrayed in the news, television, and advertisements. This event was held on Monday, Novemeber 16th from six to seven in the evening in the Cambria Room of the Student Union at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. This event inspired an audience to think about the global issue of minority misrepresentation in the media is a global issue and allowed them to condense it to a relevant American and local issue. Vira I. Heinz Women in Global Leadership awardees, Eden Cohen, Gabrielle Maylock, and Hayley Welsh presented this issue my sharing their experiences abroad with the audience. The Czech Republic, South Africa, and Australia, had concerning issues of stereotypes and racism in their media. This was narrowed down into an American problem when the three awardees educated the audience on the stereotypes of Blacks, Asians, Latinos, and Muslim that are often reinforced in American media. Cohen, Maylock, and Welsh used sources and examples to prove their point that ethnic groups are negatively portrayed in everyday media. After the audience was informed about on minority misrepresentation in three countries around the world and in the United States, a panel discussion with three Pitt-Johnstown professors began. There were two communication professors and one political science professors who had credible experiences with how minorities are portrayed in the media. Students in the audience were prepared and willing to ask questions to the professors. A discussion about individuals can combat bias in the media lead into a discussion about diversity and racism within the campus community. The formal conversation reinforced that the Pitt-Johnstown campus community faces issues with diversity. After the panel discussion, students were asking to fill out a reflection piece that said, “Now that I am aware of how minorities are misrepresented in the media, I will…” This encouraged audience members to not only be educated, but to take action somehow. Touching upon bias of ethnic minorities in our community engagement event increased student awareness of a global issue in their every day, local environment.