Update on strategic positioning for October 2022 | Autumn returns
As I transition reluctantly to fall (summer is my favorite season), I must admit I am enjoying the return of our podcast series RadioEd and the Public Impact Fellows (PIF) Program, which has generated not only enormous return on investment, but also lasting relationships. The opportunities we have to engage with our campus partners and stakeholders light up my working world and remind all of us of why we love to do what we do.
Hosted by Matt Meyer and Emma Atkinson, Season 3 continues its focus on bringing a range of timely topics. The first episode, “The Colorado River: A Political Climate Crisis,” premiered September 20 and focused on the political and environmental consequences of the dwindling water supply from the Colorado River. Emma spoke with Sturm College of Law Professor Kevin Lynch and KUNC Radio reporter Alex Hager about why the river is drying—and what consequences the phenomenon will have for agriculture, municipalities, and Coloradans at large. In this first episode, I personally enjoyed the adjusted format with multiple guests and richer context. Episodes will continue to be released on a biweekly basis, featuring local experts and DU community members speaking on interesting topics.
Public Impact Fellows (PIF) Program
The University of Denver is excited to announce the fifth cohort of the program, which is a partnership between the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs and the Division of Marketing & Communications. The PIF Program provides faculty with access to training for disseminating scholarship and research to public venues including how to best utilize blogs, radio, television, op-eds, and social media. Members of this year’s cohort will begin meeting this fall and the training sessions will continue through June 2023. This year’s cohort features eight faculty and one staff member. The group meets monthly over the course of the academic year and will have opportunities to engage with members of the media, local politicians, and University of Denver leadership.
During fiscal year 2022, members of the first four cohorts of the PIF Program participated in 98 interviews in local, national, and international media outlets. They also published 13 op-eds that appeared in various publications including The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and The Hill. The total number of media appearances accounted for more than 11 percent of all DU media mentions.
Meet the 2022-23 class of fellows:
- Aisha Ahmad-Post, Newman Center for the Performing Arts
- Shahram Amini, Daniels College of Business
- Ajenai Clemmons, Josef Korbel School of International Studies
- Bradley Davidson, Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science
- Jena Doom, College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
- Tiamo Katsonga-Phiri, Graduate School of Professional Psychology
- Kevin Lynch, Sturm College of Law
- Lisa Reyes Mason, Graduate School of Social Work
- Lolita Tabron, Morgridge College of Education
As we step into October, our entire team looks forward to the return of fall sports, Homecoming, the Crimson Classic, and so much more. If you have any other events planned that you’d like us to know about, please connect with us so we can help you spread the word.
As always, please feel free to reach out to me, Shira Good (Shira.Good@du.edu), or Johanna Blickenstaff (Johanna.Blickenstaff@du.edu) with any questions you might have regarding our communications, marketing, or strategic positioning efforts.