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CODE^SHIFT is a multidisciplinary “collaboratory” research lab space for communication and data justice. Founded in 2021 at Texas A&M University, it is currently housed in the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. Its goal is to address contemporary social issues (especially relating to race, gender, ethnicity, and indigeneity) using data, media, technology, art, and storytelling. It is committed to research projects that are collaborative, strategic, action-oriented, and equity-minded. We welcome data scientists, social justice researchers, digital humanists, critical scholars, storytellers, and activists. Our activities include community-building, curriculum & training, and collaborative research projects.

Research Projects & Publications

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Dr. Srividya Ramasubramanian's research addresses pressing contemporary global issues relating to media, inclusion, and social justice.  She is most widely recognized for her pioneering work on race and media technologies, critical media effects, digital literacies, antiracism & difficult dialogues, mindfulness, and bias reduction interventions. She has published in leading Communication journals such as the Journal of Communication, Journal of Applied Comm Research, Journal of Social Issues, Media Psychology, International Journal of Communication, and Communication Research.

Difficult Dialogues


These interactive workshops use a conversation café format to facilitate small group discussions on difficult topics and collectively brainstorm ideas to make the campus more welcoming for all. The project helps participants grow in active listening, build empathy, and appreciate multiple perspectives.

Media Rise

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Established in 2013, Media Rise is a global nonprofit alliance that connects people and ideas to promote meaningful media.  We believe in the power of positive storytelling, media, art and design to make the world a better place.  

Campus Initiatives

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An award-winning teacher and mentor, Ramasubramanian has founded/co-founded several campus initiatives such as the Communication Diversity student conference, FIG freshman first-generation mentoring program , Inclusive Pedagogy Workshop series, the Communication Writing Group, among others.

Art + Music + Yoga 

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Srivi takes a trauma-informed culture-centered approach to arts for community-building, peace, inter-group relations, transformation, and collective healing. She has co-founded/founded the Brazos Valley Shanti Choir (a community choir for peace), Mediated Meditations with Srivi, and hosted several music/cultural festivals such as the India Days TAMU Festival, and Tyagaraja Aradhana Music Festival

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