I&E at the FHI: Students as Communications Consultants

Last week we welcomed Dr. Aaron Dinin's I&E class "Building Global Audiences" to the FHI for the students' final project presentations. Through a collaboration forged by Dr. Aaron Dinin and FHI Director Deborah Jenson, the students spent the semester collaborating with FHI's communications staff with the goal of creating "global audiences" for our FHI YouTube page, our Humanities Futures project, and our Health Humanities Lab. The FHI opened our public spaces to the students as sites for experimentation. The students, in turn, provided valuable insights and consultation for our communications team.

“It was impressive how well the students were able to see into the FHI from the outside,” says Sarah Rogers, FHI Program Coordinator. “They managed to articulate things that we’ve all been thinking about doing in terms of communications (and some things that we hadn't!) and lay everything out in a streamlined, easy-to-follow way.”

We were pleased to also have I&E staff tweeting about the event:

We're at @fhi_duke for final presentations from @AaronDinin's Building Global Audiences class! Students spent the semester identifying audiences and building growth plans for FHI projects pic.twitter.com/rbMzWNByAT

— Duke I&E (@EshipAtDuke) December 6, 2017

Team representing @fhi_duke's Health Humanities Lab presents first. "It's not that they have to create an audience, it's just that they have to reach the right people." pic.twitter.com/vdgKzTmY3t

— Duke I&E (@EshipAtDuke) December 6, 2017

This team is presenting the "ultimate guide to success" for the @fhi_duke @YouTube channel pic.twitter.com/Iw5tkPp8Tw

— Duke I&E (@EshipAtDuke) December 6, 2017

This team studied how to grow audiences for @fhiFUTURES pic.twitter.com/fbNTxPOkwk

— Duke I&E (@EshipAtDuke) December 6, 2017

To read more about the experimental FHI-I&E project, please see our first post about the collaboration.