ICRC, Butler University students develop anti-discrimination PSA's

Indianapolis-The Indiana Civil Rights Commission (ICRC) and the Butler University Creative Media and Entertainment program partnered for the second consecutive year on a project to develop anti-discrimination public service announcements (PSA’s). The announcements, created by students under the guidance of ICRC staff and Butler faculty this spring, discourage discrimination in the Hoosier state.

“We love partnering with Butler University and having the opportunity to work with students and faculty,” said Jamal L. Smith, Executive Director of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission. “This partnership serves a dual purpose. It provides the ICRC with professional quality public service announcements, and students with real-world experience.”

Students were asked to write and produce :30 second radio public service announcements that focused on discrimination in housing, education and employment. Once completed, the announcements were given to the ICRC to place on radio stations throughout the state.

Many of the announcements created by Butler University students last year have aired since the project. Most recently, an announcement titled “Fair Housing Man” was featured in a statewide Fair Housing Month campaign conducted by the ICRC last month.

“Students from last year’s class were calling me and posting on Facebook that they had heard their announcement on the radio,” said Cutler Armstrong, faculty member at Butler University. “Knowing that these announcements will be used by the Indiana Civil Rights Commission makes this project much more exciting for students and staff.”

The Indiana Civil Rights Commission enforces the Indiana civil rights laws and provides education and services to the public in an effort to ensure equal opportunity for all Hoosiers and visitors to the State of Indiana.

Final Projects

"Don't Be Skipped Over" :30 sec.

"Hiring Manager" :30 sec.

"Illegal Alien" :30 sec.

"Single Mother" :30 sec.