As Communications and Outreach Manager for the Swearer Center, Alex helps build strong and effective student initiatives by collecting and sharing stories about their work on campus and beyond. In addition to promoting opportunities for public service and social innovation at the Center, Alex works on building a broad, engaged network in which students, alumni, faculty, and local partners can connect, share resources, and support one another in their ventures.
What expertise and experience equips you to lead this project?
Beyond my own expertise in the area of multimedia storytelling, we are enlisting the efforts of professional alumni and others to work with our storytellers as mentors and offer workshops to more students on campus. Some of these mentors and visitors include Tom Ashbrook, the host of WBUR’s On Point; Jen Galvin, a documentary filmmaker, scientist, and entrepreneur; Lucas Foglia, a photographer and educator; Annie Valk, Deputy Director of Brown’s Center for Public Humanities; Elizabeth Harrison, RI NPR’s Morning Edition host; Mary McGrath, a journalist and media specialist; Benjamin Mandelkern; Media Projects Manager at Brown’s Watson Institute for Internal Studies; and Melinda Rainsberger, a RISD Faculty in animation. Furthermore we will be partnering with leaders at centers around campus including the Alumni Association, CareerLAB, and PR Office in order to collaboratively develop and share our work with a broader audience.
What are your ideas for keeping the dialogue and community going?
If this initiative is successful, we see exciting possibilities for scaling this website and team of student storytellers throughout the Swearer Center, Brown, and beyond (perhaps to other Changemaker Campuses!). This year will be critical in not only refining our editorial process and value proposition to students but also testing our hypothesis on the impact of storytelling on student initiatives and garnering future support from across campus so we can continue to have greater impact.