Advocacy and the Community

This past year, Cathryn Edelstein, Scholar-in-Residence in the Communication Studies Department, worked with students enrolled in two sections of Argument and Advocacy taught by Professors Michael Weiler and Kathi-Anne Reinstein, on projects involving nonprofits. The students worked with staff and directors of the nonprofits to create either video, print, or social media/networking messages in an effort to offer exposure to the mission of the nonprofit. The experience was a win-win for all involved. Students gained valuable experience working with decision-makers as communication consultants while the nonprofits benefited from the projects’ results. Funding for projects that involved nonprofits spreading consumer safety awareness was supported from a grant provided to the School of Communication.
The following is a list of the nonprofits who partnered with our students:
ABCD/Volunteer Advocacy
ABCD/Financial Futures
ABCD/Health Services
ABCD/ Fuel and Energy
ABCD/ Housing and Homeless
Partners for Youth with Disabilities -Young Entrepreneurs Program (Y.E.P.)
Casa Myrna
Children’s Vision Massachusetts/Prevent Blindness America
Mass Coalition of Occupational Safety (MassCOSH)
World Against Toys Causing Harm (W.A.T.C.H.)
Project Place
Mass Energy/People’s Power & Light
East Boston Social Centers
Campaign for Commercial Free Childhood (CCFC)
Massachusetts Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (MANHR)
Here are some of their videos:
[Video created by Aaron Ledwith, Morgan Fahey, and Taran Armstrong]
[Video created by Nancy Valev and Melissa Taustine]

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