USC Professor Emeritus Félix Gutiérrez will be honored on June 24 with a scroll presented by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
The board periodically selects notable people to honor with a specially written proclamation that recognizes their exemplary work.
Upon hearing of Gutiérrez’s retirement in May, supervisors Gloria Molina and Zev Yaroslavsky arranged the scroll presentation to recognize his 40 years of “dedicated university teaching and administration and exemplary scholarship in the field of journalism.”
Gutiérrez was a professor of communication and journalism at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, as well as a professor of American studies and ethnicity at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Throughout his long career as a scholar, teacher and journalist, he was a strong advocate for diversity in the news media.
Though he said the scroll came as a surprise, Gutiérrez added that it “provided a chance to be thankful for the opportunities for [him] to play a very small role in a very large movement to help news media become more diverse and inclusive in who they hire and what they cover.”
He also said that his time as a professor at USC has allowed him to “teach and encourage women and men of all colors and cultures to make progress through education.”