I Won’t Stand For…

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have joined with USA Network’s award-winning public service program, Characters Unite, and are standing up against hate. Every bit of this 41-second PSA is powerful, inspiring and encourages individuals to share what they won’t stand for on the network’s Characters Unite website.

Macklemore (left) and Lewis (right)

Macklemore (left) and Lewis (right)

Fresh off their Grammy win for “Best Rap Album,” Macklemore and Lewis have been making headlines around the world. They are widely applauded for their political and beautifully poetic rap lyrics in each of their songs, most notably, “Same Love.” They are taking a stand against any form of hate and it’s having an impact on society.

Watching this PSA gives me chills; it is hopeful and inspiring. We have the power to create change and take a stand. These two artists alone are supporting love and acceptance, something that sadly hasn’t been done by many other artists and celebrities. Macklemore and Lewis are doing more than just wearing a t-shirt stating something political, they are being vocal, they are taking action. What if other artists and celebrities were more vocal and stood up against hate? How would this further impact our society? Several individuals idolize these artists and celebrities we see in the tabloids – imagine if more people in the public eye promoted unity and equality for all.

I won’t stand for religious intolerance. I won’t stand for hate. I won’t stand for sexism. I won’t stand for unequal rights. I won’t stand for harassment. I won’t stand for…

What will you not stand for?


The Power of Education for Girls

In CNN’s recently posted article, “Teach a girl, enrich the world,” Erna Solberg and Hannah Godefa explore the important correlation between young girls and education.

Solberg, prime minister of Norway and co-chair of the U.N. Secretary General’s Millennium Development Goals Advocates (MDGs), and Godefa, UNICEF National Ambassador for Ethiopia, are two women who come from completely different generations, cultures and countries, yet they share the same goal: invest in girls.

Several people do not realize how young girls are left without an education and robbed of a prosperous future. According to the article, 28.5 million children who live in conflict-affected countries are out of school; over half of these children are girls.

“The key is investing in girls’ potential, something that can be a win-win for everyone – enabling female participation in local economies can accelerate the fight against poverty, inequity and gender disparity. When you educate a girl, you educate a nation.”

Solberg and Godefa voice a powerful message, one that is hopeful and bright however it cannot be done alone. There are 700 days to go until the MDGs deadline and the goals that have been set cannot be reached without a greater investment in girls’ empowerment.

As I finished reading this article, it made me think of different organizations that are striving to support those in poverty-stricken areas. Kiva is an amazing organization that comes to mind when thinking about creating independence and opportunity for individuals. The non-profit organization provides loans to individuals who are looking to start a business and become financially stable. Several young girls and women without an education are unable to carry jobs or an income. Kiva helps women and young girls who have dreams of owning their own businesses and independently supporting themselves.

I enjoyed this article, however I would have appreciated learning about more ways to help. This could have been a great chance for organizations, such as Kiva, to be heard.

What are specific organizations you can think of that help women and young girls gain an education or career?

I’d love to read your feedback!

When Should I Start Applying for Jobs?

Trying to find your way as a twenty-something in the career world; Girls HBO

Trying to find your way as a twenty-something in the real world; Girls HBO

I recently read Lindsay Olson’s post on when to start applying for a job as graduation looms in the (near) future. The answer? NOW.

I’ve heard this answer from numerous professors, yet when I read what I already knew I still found myself shocked and overwhelmed. Now is the time to start looking for a job, and as I type up this post I still find myself scrambling to accept that graduation is less than five months away. Despite having to take a few deep breaths, I continued to read the post and my excitement came back to me. This is the time. Right now. My determination advanced and my nervousness immediately left. Lindsay’s advice only further fueled my emotions.

With graduation right around the corner, Lindsay suggested building relationships and attending any relevant events around campus that would be of use for networking and broadening your knowledge in the PR field. Aside from in-person events, you should also be building yourself online.

Here on campus, PRSSA is a helpful tool to gain rich information in all things PR and all things pertaining to soon-to-be-graduates interested in the industry. UO PRSSA has been a huge help in developing my resume, as well as having me think about which area of PR I am most interested in (in-house vs. agency, etc.). These are important topics to explore.

Lindsay also suggested getting a part-time internship with an agency shortly after graduation because this will 1) be extremely helpful when networking and 2) may turn into a full-time job. I never thought about agency PR because I have always been focused on in-house PR, but after reading this post I’d like to explore it in more depth. I am very passionate about in-house PR, however I am not opposed to broadening my knowledge at an agency either.

What are your thoughts on agency PR vs. in-house PR? How early do you suggest to start applying for jobs and internships leading up to graduation?

Give me your thoughts and feedback!

A Little Back Story

The purpose of my blog is to discuss my interest in non-profit organizations in the PR and marketing world, as well as to explore relevant news stories pertaining to my area of interest. I am genuinely invested in helping others and aspire to work for a non-profit organization when I graduate from the University of Oregon in June of this year. Interacting with my community and positively improving the lives of others are goals I plan on continuously achieving throughout my life and career.