Supporting International Students

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Description

International students were facing extreme challenges before the start of the Fall 2021. While they were determined to come, schools needed to take action to make connections across campus and with community members/local officials to help make their arrival smooth.

Due to the expertise and experience of the Immigration Response Team, we were asked to create a handout with our recommendations to share with other schools. It needed to be understandable both for administrators/staff who were familiar with immigration/international student concerns and those who were not.

I was provided a long bulleted list of potential items to include. Upon reviewing the list, I decided to organize the document to include 1) Items to consider, 2) Talking points, and 3) Actions to take.

Organization

Immigration Response Team (University of Minnesota)

Type of Project

  • Writing
  • Document design

Immigration Response Team Email

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Description

I regularly write messages that must combine factual updates (including complex items) with an empathetic and caring tone. When developing these messages, I focus on the needs of the reader and a wish to recognize those most impacted by the information (for example, immigrant and international students).

Organization

UMN International Student and Scholar Services and the Immigration Response Team

Type of Project

  • Writing
  • Email Communications
  • Message Development

GPS/ISSS Photography Policy

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Description

While many organizations have all clients sign photo waivers as a matter of practice, there are many reasons why individuals do not want to be photographed for publicity purposes. These reasons can range from bad hair days to suspicions that their photo will be misused or cultural beliefs. As part of the GPS’s commitment to respecting all cultures, I worked with leadership to create a policy requiring staff to create plans to 1) give people every opportunity possible to refuse to allow their photo to be taken and 2) ensure individuals aren’t prevented from using services/attending events solely due to not wanting their photo taken.

Additional Information

Organization

International Student and Scholar Services and the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance (University of Minnesota)

Type of Project

  • Equity concerns in communications
  • Organizational policy

BGA Editorial Calendar

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Description

Like many organizations, the BlueGreen Alliance had a variety of activities happening simultaneously, and many of these required support from the communications team. To streamline operations, I created the organization’s first comprehensive editorial calendar to track the message of the week, events, and the materials being made to support it.

Organization

BlueGreen Alliance and BlueGreen Alliance Foundation

Type of Project

  • Communications planning

COVID-19 Response

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Project Description

In addition to the concerns all students held due to COVID-19, international students had to respond to frequently changing immigration regulations, questions of whether to travel to their home country or stay in the U.S., and fear due to increased instances of xenophobia and anti-Asian hate. To help, I coordinated an ongoing communications plan for ISSS that used dedicated web pages, emails, videos, and webinars to share information.

In addition to materials created for international students, this plan also included updates for UMN staff and departments about the need to communicate with international students.

Organization


International Student and Scholar Services (University of Minnesota)

Type of Project

  • Communications planning
  • Message development

Ethical Storytelling Research

Description

For my Strategic Communication MA Capstone, I examined the communications practices of anti-trafficking organizations as an avenue to discuss the need for ethical/equitable storytelling practices for communications professionals. I conducted 10 semi-structured interviews with communications professionals working in anti-trafficking and related organizations along with 8 additional subject-matter experts. I also reviewed Strategic Communication & Public Relations research and practitioner conversations for discussions of ethics, equity, and power.

In this work, I sought to bridge how communicators can balance their responsibility to create communications that fulfill organizational objects with a deeper responsibility to honor, respect, and consider the best interests of the individual(s) involved. This led me to use the findings of my research to create recommendations of work practices for communicators working with victims of trauma and beyond.

Purpose


Capstone Research for Strategic Communication MA and Literacy & Rhetorical Studies Minor

Type of Project

Qualitative research, secondary research

Length of Time

4 months (April-July 2020)

What Is the BlueGreen Alliance?

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Project Description

Staff and supporters often reported difficulties with articulating how the BlueGreen Alliance’s work differed from the efforts done by its member organizations. I edited together footage to create a number of videos featuring union members and environmentalists talking in their own words about the importance of creating a cleaner and more efficient economy.

The organizations used the videos at the organization’s Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference and on the organization’s YouTube, Facebook, and website.

Organization


BlueGreen Alliance, BlueGreen Alliance Foundation

Type of Project

  • Videos (iMovie)
  • Social media

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