Know Your Pelicans
As your official role, what do you do for Packer?
I am Packer’s primary videographer and photographer. I am also an advisor for our Students for Diversity and Equity in Communications (S-DEC); I'm the PA's web liaison; I manage our social media account, the TV monitors in the halls, the website calendar, The Pelican Brief, and much more — including running the Know Your Pelicans series you’re reading right now.
What are the strengths of your department?
The Communications Office is a conduit of tons of information and content for many people — be it students, families, faculty, staff, alumni, or prospective applicants. I'm proud of our ability to balance all of these tasks effectively!
What are your impressions of Packer so far? Our students? Your colleagues?
I'm really amazed by our students' use of their voice and by their commitment to positive change; their passion for activism lets me know that I'm in the right place. I'm also heartened by our faculty and staff's dedication to our students' success — it's apparent no matter where you are at Packer. I can’t wait to grow in this community.
Tell us about a specific time you found your job especially rewarding.
Any time I can get in a room with students is a rewarding experience. It can be easy to get stuck behind my computer with my other responsibilities, but getting out of the office — learning who our students are and what they care about — keeps me rooted in the purpose of my work. (I can’t wait to get to know you better!)
Tell us about a time you learned something from our students.
My favorite part of my job is when I get to sit down with students and listen to them talk about their experience at Packer. Our new Student Team for Diversity and Equity in Communications (S-DEC) is the Communications Office's opportunity to discuss what equity looks like through the lens of Packer students. Since I'm still new, there's so much I have yet to understand about what makes Packer the place that it is.
What's something that most Packer people wouldn't know about you?
Before the pandemic hit, I was filming a documentary about the largest foster family in Sicily! I spent five months there and was supposed to stay for twelve, but the high number of Covid cases in Italy forced me home before I could finish the project. (If you want someone to speak Italian with, I’m your girl!)