Emma Willard students comprise the AUDACIA Student Advisory Group.
2011 - 2012
During the spring semester the AUDACIA Student Advisory Group embarked on a video project. Inspired by the idea of using communications as an effective catalyst for social change, these students set out to create a video that both shares a glimpse of the AUDACIA conference with those who were unable to attend, and also educates and inspires for the girls’ education movement as a whole. See their laudable final project below.
Nine members of the AUDACIA Student Advisory Group traveled to New York City as student volunteers for the September 26-27, 2011 forum.
Students at Emma will learn about girls’ and women’s issues throughout the world from the very leaders who are currently shaping that world. Read below as two of these students reflect on their experience with AUDACIA:
"From this forum, I have learned that such a seemingly impossible goal is now within our reach..." - Grace '14
Read Grace's complete statement.
"... the greatest reward that, I believe, all of the students volunteers got out of this, is a new mindset. I have pages and pages of notes taking up my journal of ideas I had never thought of before. These ideas, I hope I can feed off of and apply throughout the rest of my life." - Andrea '12
Read Andrea's complete statement.
2010 - 2011
The AUDACIA Student Advisory Group was introduced to the forum’s messaging and goals, and were asked to think of images that were versatile, timeless, simple, direct, and appropriate for an education forum.
A smaller design focus group of five, Harriet Zucker ’12, Salma Amin ’11, Beatrice Li ’12, Peggie Hsu ’12 and Elle Anderson ’11, then traveled to New York City to meet with Mark Kaminsky, a founding partner of SS+K, the marketing and communication agency responsible for LiveStrong bracelets and the branding of Mrs. Obama’s “Let’s Move” anti-obesity campaign. While in New York, Mr. Kaminsky taught students the key principles of design and logo development.
Following their SS+K meeting, the students met with Khania Curtis, a graphic designer and architect with Davis Brody Bond Aedas who mentored students in a weekend workshop at Emma, which proved to be a lesson in both art and technology. Art instructor Lindsay Slaughter explained that students initially thought that to take their task seriously, it was vital to use the highly stylized tools of Photoshop, but Curtis coaxed them away from their computers and back to their sketch pads by asking them to use the traditional media of watercolors and pencil to achieve the heart of this message: a symbol created by the hands of educated young women in advocacy for the young women around the globe who are denied education. They found the power of their own, authentic voice, as they worked to give voice to others.
Check out the video Elle Anderson ’11 created to reveal the final logo design. Music is Praan by Gary Schyman, used with permission.