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International Media Grad Leads Nonprofit

By Sylvia Carignan

Laurie Moy started her career in international nonprofits by founding Pearls of Africa, a nonprofit organization that serves children with disabilities in Uganda. Then, she came to AU to learn how to make her nonprofit a success. She's pursuing an International Media master’s degree, a program offered jointly by SOC and SIS. During her time as a graduate student, Moy has consulted for various NGOs and managed hundreds of volunteers around the world.

Now, as executive director of Pearls of Africa, she reflects on her foundation in SOC and her plans for the future.

"The past two semesters really flew by. I’ve learned a lot about writing and producing, and have had some great courses in both SIS and SOC. This semester I took Elizabeth Fox’s Health Communications in Developing Countries (SIS) and Pat Aufderheide’s Social Documentary (SOC). I didn’t realize how much these courses would build upon each other. As we read case studies of health communications programs in one class, I’d be watching examples and learning practical guides for implementation in the other. 

"I was able to use what I learned in these courses, and what I developed in the final projects and apply it to a program that I am working on for my nonprofit organization, Pearls of Africa. I hope to submit the proposal for funding later this summer. In addition, I was able to use some web production and graphics skills that I learned in Media Production course to update the organization’s website. The new site should launch by the end of the month. I can’t wait to see what the fall semester has in store!"