Dr. Daniel White Hodge is professor of intercultural communications and the chair of the communication arts department. He has advocated and fought for the equity and equality of young BIPOC adults for over 25 years, and a large part of the work he continues to do at North Park is mentoring and coaching his students. Dr. White Hodge is also the research lead for North Park’s Catalyst 606__ program. His research interests are the intersections of religion, hip hop culture, race/ethnicity, and young adult emerging generations within Black and Latinx communities.
In Dr. White Hodge’s classes, students focus on the cultural and contextual deconstruction of media messages through practical engagement of current events. “We get into the pragmatics of critical thought and the day-to-day impact of what race, gender, and class mean for each of my students,” says Dr. White Hodge. His students explore emotional and cultural literacy along with the praxiological elements of workforce preparation.
Dr. White Hodge finds his classrooms personal and reflective so that he and his students can learn from their peers. His most popular class is Hip Hop Theology & Culture. While Dr. White Hodge brings his own intersections into the classroom, he invites conversation about topics relating to race, gender, and religion. “I could care less if (my students) agree or disagree; that’s not the point. The point is to think and to think critically about the challenging world we’re living in,” he says.
Dr. White Hodge is also an author, lecturer, and presenter surrounding topics of intercultural competencies and intersectionality.