Issues and Opportunities

University Media Relations provides critical management support and consultation on a variety of internal and external issues that may affect Emory's reputation or impede the university's progress in fulfilling its mission.

But issues that are of major interest and concern to internal and external audiences also present an excellent opportunity for Emory to demonstrate its character and strengths. We work to proactively address issues and to identify these opportunities.

Emory Community Priorities

Emory, along with many other colleges and universities nationwide, was presented last semester with a list of "demands" outlining concerns expressed by Black students on a variety of academic and student life issues. Beginning last semester, Campus Life and student leaders are continuing to work together in a systematic way to address these issues with the common goal of advancing greater racial justice at Emory.

National Higher Education

We continually do horizon scans to identify issues that have the potential to impact the University. We also look for opportunities to contribute Emory's voice on issues that are of particular interest and concern to our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and other constituents. Current—including evergreen—issues on our radar include campus climate issues, such as sexual violence; admissions and financial aid; impending US Supreme Court decisions; student protests.

Crisis Communications

The University Media Relations team plays a key role in handling crisis situations that have the potential to adversely impact the University and the surrounding community. The team works with division colleagues, CEPAR (Emory's Critical Event Preparedness and Response group), and units across the enterprise to develop crisis plans and to participate in enterprise training and drills throughout the year.

Contact Us

Call the Office of University Communications, 404-727-6216, M-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. EST. Or see the staff directory for individual contact information.