The Department of Community Service (DOCS) is a student run, non-profit organization endorsed by the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine’s (UMMSM) administration. Through DOCS, UMMSM students and physicians provide quality healthcare to the underserved populations in South Florida. In 2014, DOCS partnered with UM’s School of Communication, and with generous support from the Mitchell Wolfson, Sr. Foundation, to develop an online decision support tool to connect like-minded students, faculty and deans at medical schools nationwide with the program. The website’s goal is to engage interested schools in coordinating, improving, and expanding existing community service projects or establishing new health fairs or student-directed clinics.
I served as the creative director and project manager for this web project, coordinating with a diverse set of stakeholders and contributors including faculty, staff, and students at both the Miller School of Medicine and the School of Communication.
The “Switch to FSC-certified products and save tigers” campaign launched on March 20, 2015, in advance of World Forestry Day, and was also highlighted in the April 17, 2015, edition of WWF’s E-News, which has over 3 million subscribers.
During Fall 2014 I had the unique opportunity to teach the inaugural UM CoLab course, a core course in our MFA in Interactive Media program in which students spend part of the semester researching, brainstorming, and iterating on a project concept and then spend the remaining part of the semester designing and developing it for a partner client. We were extremely fortunate to partner with the U.S. chapter of World Wildlife Fund, headquartered in Washington, D.C., and make a true impact advocating for an important environmental concern and simple call to action. Click here to read about early happenings from this course.
“Switch to FSC-certified products and save tigers” highlighted in WWF E-News on April 17, 2015
“Switch to FSC-certified products and save tigers” – Intro
“Switch to FSC-certified products and save tigers” – What is FSC
“Switch to FSC-certified products and save tigers” – FSC products to look out for
“Switch to FSC-certified products and save tigers” – Tweet tiger + FSC facts
This Fall 2014 semester I’m running the inaugural MFA in Interactive Media CoLab class, which is a class where students create interactive solutions for a professional client. The students and I are very excited to be working with the U.S. chapter of World Wildlife Fund (WWF-US) located in Washington D.C.
The semester started out with students researching WWF-US and brainstorming ideas for how the organization can connect with the Millennial generation and encourage environmental advocacy. In mid-September, Sara Thomas (University of Miami alumna) and Kerry Green Zobor from WWF-US joined us in Coral Gables, FL, for a 2-day intensive ideation and design workshop. By the end of the workshop, two teams identified two different campaigns that engage the Millennial generation on the benefits of purchasing Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) sustainable wood products.
On October 6, 2014, 6 of the CoLab students and I traveled to Washington, D.C. to present the 2 campaign concepts to WWF staff. We received excellent response and feedback to the initial concepts, and we even got an exclusive tour of WWF’s green roof (the third largest in Washington, D.C.). Students will continue working on these two WWF-FSC campaigns for the duration of the semester and will present the final projects in December 2014. Stay tuned for the final implementation projects!
The School of Communications Interactive Media Master of Fine Arts program has earned a No. 24 ranking on The Princeton Review’s 2014 list of the best graduate schools to study video game design. The Princeton Review chose the schools based on a survey it conducted in Fall 2013 of 150 programs at institutions offering video game design coursework or degrees in the United States, Canada, and some countries abroad.
It’s an honor to have our Interactive Media program on this list and in such great company (including my alma mater Parsons) in our first year. We look forward to supporting the many amazing game projects that will come out of our Interactive Media program!