December 6, 2022 | 3 p.m. EST
Women Working in Male- Dominated Fields: Too Pretty to Get Their Hands Dirty?
Society’s expectations and beliefs about women working in male-dominated industries create many obstacles for women to overcome. My project addresses the challenges females face working in male-dominated industries. Women share with me how they have conquered challenges and managed to not let gender stereotypes hinder them from being their true selves and working in an industry they are passionate about. I have created a short non-fiction film that highlights four women’s unique professional lives. I want people to know women are succeeding in male-dominated industries, even amid trial and tribulation. Young girls need to know that there is hope for those who want to pursue a male-dominated career. My project encapsulates the fact that there are women in these roles thriving, pushing gender stereotypes, and paving a way for the next generation.
Morality in Children’s Media
“Morality in Children’s Media” addresses how children consume content through television and other forms of digital entertainment, and how said media can influence their early understanding of morality. Since the 1960s, parents and guardians have had the same concerns about violence on television affecting their young impressionable children. In a simple animated format, this video breaks down how children process moral dilemmas at different ages, and how the framing of violence/action on television is an important factor towards how children perceive it.
Democratic Destruction: Political Polarization in the Social Media Age
Our nation has witnessed a historic surge in political polarization in recent years, damaging our capacity for civil discourse and threatening our democracy. To better understand this troubling phenomenon I examined what has become a prime facet of our political communication: social media. Social media has undeniably provided significant access to information and given a voice to many, yet my research demonstrates that polarizing repercussions may offset these virtues. In my paper, I unravel the role of social media in our political society and address its culpability in promoting polarization. I aim to raise awareness of the dangers of social media, encourage healthy social media use, and promote solutions to the issues of political polarization we face together.
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Project S.E.E.D. – See Earth, Engage Daily
Project S.E.E.D. primarily has two goals. One: To raise awareness about sustainability issues on Gordon College’s campus and worldwide. Two: To encourage the Gordon College community to take simple steps towards living more sustainable lives and gaining more awareness on issues they want to engage. Using the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework, I have created a video for each sustainability goal, addressing what is happening worldwide, what is taking place at Gordon College, and three ways we can make a difference. Go make our world a better place!
This Land is Your Land
In the last century, we have seen how war, poverty, political regimes and famine have disrupted the progress our world has been trying to make. Citizens in these countries where hardships occur the most, are forced to flee into a better living situations across the globe where democracy is more stable. For this project, I hope to highlight the stories and lives of a refugee family but also educate on what the church is potentially doing for refugees.
One of Us: Behind the numbers
Numbers are a great asset to any piece of communication because they lend validity to the claims. We see all kinds of statics in news, and sometimes it’s easy to feel awash then our emotion become disconnected with the data. However, it’s important to remember that it’s not all just numbers. This project aimed to bridge the separation of big numbers and real people by visualizing the human stories behind the data during the pandemic. It does not try to convey an argument, a fact, or a realization, so much as it tries to convey an emotion. Ultimately, the goal is to elicit more empathy for individuals from different backgrounds as we are equally valued and are one body in Christ.
Roses: An Artistic Exploration of the Impact of Purity Culture on Young Women
To come face to face with your own sin after spending your entire life striving toward perfection is world-shattering. I have both experienced myself and watched and heard of countless other women who lose themselves to the idol of purity and the perfect marriage. In my project, I hope to offer others respite and a reminder of God’s grace; you are not alone, you are so loved and so worthy.
With a passion for design, art, and creating community through communication, I chose to achieve this by writing a mini graphic novel. Roses tells the coming-of-age story of a young girl desperately trying to achieve society’s standards of what a woman ought to be. It explores the pressure and damage of such standards, as well as the hope that lies after, through visual metaphors.
My First Financial Tool Kit: Preparing for the World of Work
Finance can be scary. From bills and loans to credit cards and emergency funds the world of finance can feel completely overwhelming. Financial literacy is a critical skill for everyone to develop, but it is particularly pressing for college students preparing for graduation. My project aims to address the unique challenges students face as they transition into the world of work and the additional financial responsibilities of life post graduation. I have prepared educational materials and will be leading a short class to equip students with basic financial building blocks to navigate their post-grad world. I want students to feel comfortable with topics such as budgeting, credit cards, and loan repayment strategies. Taking small steps to increase our financial literacy increases our ability to be good stewards of our resources and to effectively care for ourselves and others. y project emphasizes the fact that finance does not need to be an area of stress or fear, but financial literacy is an important skill that requires work to develop.
Freedom for All
We live out our individual lives focusing on our relative realities. The struggles we deal with personally are often the only ones we give our focus. As we look into the gospel of the Bible, we are called to seek out the lost and destitute just as Jesus did and continues to do today. Human Trafficking is an insidious and harmful business that unfortunately exists under our noses. The New Jersey-based non-profit organization CAN, Church and Community Abolition Network works to locate and save exploited children and adults across the nation. Their cause is noble and their efforts are mobilized; however, their reach is limited. My project is focused on rebranding the organization to better communicate its mission and efforts to the public. As a Communication Arts major with an Associate’s Degree in business marketing, I have a heart for telling a brand’s story and helping audiences connect with it. Through my design work and PR strategies, I hope to project the image of Christ and highlight the heart of CAN’s mission.