Lately I have been thinking a lot about support, specific to and from colleagues in the field of Student Affairs. I have been thinking about how much I have been pleasantly surprised, and extremely grateful, the Student Affairs technology community (bloggers, twitter, etc) have welcomed my blog presence. I only began posting higher education/social media specific content since July, but already feel connected and part of the conversation with those who have been in the mix for years.
So, when I was asked to be part of a project not only to support a colleague, but to also give to a cause, it was an easy answer.
Over a month ago, Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines. One of the deadliest typhoons to hit this nation, it left 6,000 dead and 1,000,000 homeless. To date, almost 1,800 people are still missing. Two weeks ago, the US pulled back slightly on support, but with 12 million effected, there is so much more than needs to be done.
A colleague that has been more than supportive of my career is Ed Cabellon. He is a heavy hitter in Student Affairs, Technology and Leadership. We share the blogging-shere in topics, as well as life as doctoral students. With family in the Philippines, he developed an initiative to bring together the Student Affairs community called #SAgives to raise funds for the Philippine Red Cross.
Using his social capital, Ed reached out to various professionals to give of their time, such as in person or online training, professional coaching or keynotes. Individuals can bid on these professionals through an online auction found here: http://studentaffairscollective.org/sagives/.
I was lucky enough to be contacted to offer my services in kind. I eagerly offered a half-day workshop that would cover:
- Social Media in Higher Education Research
- Developing Digital Student Leaders
- Student Engagement Marketing Methods
I began talking with my husband about this effort and we began to explore how his YouTube project, Epic Rap Battles of History could also be involved. With almost 9 million subscribers, their number one demographic is teens and college students. Known as EpicLloyd, he is donating a one hour online workshop, where either a staff will receive consulting on youtube/social media or a live streamed event Q&A with students.
To kick off these efforts, I joined Ed Cabellon along with two other colleagues on a live stream show through Higher Ed Live. The video kicked of with Hannah Brencher and ended with Eric Stoller, Anne Marie Klotz and myself. Part of my commitment to this cause goes beyond offering my consulting services. Check out the recorded live stream here
I wanted to make sure the project was mentioned on my blog to help promote. The bidding will continue at least until December 18th with a goal of raising $2,000. The organizer Cabellon, has offered to give $1 for every time the below message is retweeted. So far it has been RT 48 times!
This is my ask of my readers. Whether you are reading this as a Student Affairs colleague, family, friend or a fan of my husband, please go and bid or even just give a few dollars to the cause. Head to Student Launcher here, for donations of all amounts. All the monies are going straight to the Philippines Red Cross. Nothing is going to those that are donating their services, nor to the organizer.
Heck bid (and win) for both Lloyd and I, and we will come to you in person together!
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” ― Winston S. Churchill