Norwalk Community College staff members featured on a podcast about the College’s support during the Ukraine crisis
The National Council of Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) strives to highlight and represent marketing and public relations (PR) professionals in community and technical colleges. Recently, their podcast, Peer & Singleinterviewed two Norwalk Community College (NCC) staff to highlight the work they have done during the Ukraine crisis.
Mario Haimindra, Marketing and Public Relations Associate, and Pracilya Titus, Guided Journeys Advisor and Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, spoke with the host of Peer & Single, Jeff Julian, on how NCC responded to the war in Ukraine and the programs that were created to support their students. During the podcast, Pracilya’s work with the Diversity and Inclusion Committee was highlighted as she continues to meet with the committee and create new programs and events to support our students. Additionally, Mario spoke about the importance of marketing and public relations in times like these, as well as the need for departmental collaboration within colleges to support their students. The duo also emphasized the need for empathy and compassion when it comes to supporting students and creating programs that can often be triggering or difficult to approach for those who have been directly affected.
To date, NCC has organized two programs for its students: “NCC Stands with Ukraine” and “The War on Ukraine: Virtual Panel Discussion” with university professors from CT. The “NCC Stands with Ukraine” event gave students, faculty and staff the opportunity to share stories about their connection to Ukraine; a Ukrainian-born CCN student read a poem she wrote while staff and students read poems written by a Ukrainian mother whose son is at war and the direct experience of a hidden child in a fallout shelter. The event also spoke about the resources and organizations that support the country’s refugees. “The War on Ukraine: Virtual Panel Discussion” featured University of Connecticut Associate Professor of History Joel Blatt and University of Bridgeport Associate Professor and President of Global Development and Peace Dave Benjamin , to discuss the start of the invasion and its effects for the rest. of the world.
However, the support doesn’t stop there for CNC. Although programs are still in the works for students, Mario felt it was extremely important to continue to show support for CNC through social media and on campus. Profile pictures on all social media pages have been changed to include Ukrainian colors while “I Stand With Ukraine” stickers have been created for students. Posters have also been created for faculty and staff to place on their office windows and doors to show solidarity and support. A webpage has also been created by Pracilya that highlights several organizations and resources that our NCC community can donate or contact and help Ukrainian citizens in any way possible.
NCMPR Peer & Single podcast focuses on marketing professionals and experts who provide their knowledge and expertise on a variety of topics in the field of marketing and public relations for community colleges. More information about the podcast and where to stream it can be found here.