If you are thinking of recruiting students as social media managers for your team, this conversation will get you thinking strategically on how to hire, train, and empower students to be purposeful digital community builders for your campus.
In September 2020, we got together to share examples of successful leadership programs. From influencer programs t0 marketing teams, come and hear how to enable students to help shape the institutional culture with content creation and leadership development.
About Higher Ed Digital Community Builders
Organized by Dr. Josie Ahlquist, this Facebook group is a clubhouse for higher education professionals to connect, reimagine and transform how we build genuine campus digital communities and strategic online engagement experiences. Every week, community members share resources, discussions, and opportunities to further develop digital communities that serve our students, families, and partners in timely, innovative, and supportive ways.
Highlighted Content from Panelists
Links to what was mentioned during the panel (Click on the Image for Links).
[0:20] Who you are and where you build digital community(s), despite COVID – what is a fall tradition that you look forward to?
[7:05] What are some ways that you have integrated students intentionally in building digital communities?
[15:55] What are the logistics of tapping into students for a program, philosophy, or administrative process that you’ve integrated into your strategy?
[29:00] – Have there been a commonality that students in these positions need more training on vs. something they actually have more skills than one might realize?
[39:19] How can these student positions be transformational experiences?
[46:53] What is an example of something that has worked really well that’s been student-faced and student-run?
Additional Resources from Josie
- Dr. Josie Ahlquist’s book Digital Leadership In Higher Education: Purposeful Social Media in a Connected World
- Digital Community Building Cohort: Summer 2021 (Sign Up Today!)
- Podcast: Purposeful Digital Student Engagement
- Podcast with Sarah Aguilar: Student Leadership Going Digital
- Creating Curriculum on Digital Student Leadership
- A Holistic Framework to Train Student Leaders on Social Media
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Lesley D’Souza, Director of Strategic Storytelling & Digital Engagement at Western University
Lesley D’Souza is a student affairs assessment professional who specializes in storytelling with data. Currently, she is the Director of Strategic Storytelling & Digital Engagement in Western University’s Student Experience division. After focusing on assessment and storytelling in her two previous roles, Lesley is exploring how data-informed stories can be used to intentionally shift the culture in positive directions using digital engagement best practices. Lesley has held leadership roles in the Canadian Association of College & University Student Services and ACPA – College Educators International. She is co-authoring an upcoming book “Design Thinking in Student Affairs” to be published September 2021. She has an MA in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University. She’s a mom of two boys and an avid gardener, tea drinker, writer, musician and random fact junkie. Ask her anything! She hopes to write a book someday, get a Ph.D. and inspire others.
Kati Hartwig, Digital Media Specialist at Columbus Regional Airport Authority
After two years of working for a wonderful nonprofit in the Pittsburgh area, Kati returned to Youngstown State University to obtain a master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Communication. She has previously served as the university’s Social Media & Digital Marketing Coordinator. She worked closely with colleges and departments across campus, building and maintaining a positive and brand-centered social footprint. Since June 2021, Kati has started a new adventure working in the Columbus Regional Airport Authority as a Digital Media Specialist.
Jamie Lewis, Social Media Coordinator at The University of Georgia
An avid reader and runner, Jamie Lewis joined UGA’s Division of Marketing and Communications in the role of social media coordinator in April 2018, after nearly four years managing social media and email marketing for Development and Alumni Relations. She speaks fluently in gifs and memes and is always ready to share the latest in pop culture news.
Stephanie Tran, Communications Administrator at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Stephanie graduated with a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism from Boston University and M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University. As the current Communications Administrator for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she develops content and manages social media accounts for MIT’s social media platforms.
Moderator & Community Founder, Josie
Dr. Josie Ahlquist is a digital engagement and leadership researcher, speaker, and consultant. She teaches teens, young adults, education professionals, and campus executives how to humanize technology tools and prioritize building community online.
Josie absolutely loves fostering and educating about digital community building. So, at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, she created a Facebook group called the Higher Ed Digital Community Builders, which has grown to nearly 2,000 members. She also created and manages the Digital Community Building Cohort, a mastermind educational program for higher education social media managers to improve online community building strategies.
As a researcher and writer, Josie is extensively published and maintains an active blog and podcast, which have received accolades from EdTech Magazine, Inside Higher Ed and the Chronicle of Higher Education. Her new book, Digital Leadership in Higher Education: Purposeful Social Media in a Connected World was listed as an Amazon #1 new release for college and university student life.
She also serves as a teaching faculty at Florida State University, creating curriculum to build digital literacy and leadership skills for undergraduates up to doctorate level students. Josie received her doctorate from California Lutheran University in Higher Education Leadership, Masters in Education from Northern Arizona University. She majored in sociology and human development at South Dakota State University.