Our experience with education inequity
Created by: Sydney Lynch
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Sydney Lynch was the Project Manager of Education Equity for All. She graduated from Cabrini University in 2020 with a Bachelor's Degree in digital communication and social media. During her time at Cabrini, Sydney was a Student Ambassador in the Undergraduate Admissions Office, a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and classroom coach for multiple communication courses. She served as the Writing Managing Editor for Cabrini’s student-run news organization, The Loquitur, and was inducted into the Society for Collegiate Journalists. Sydney was inducted into multiple honor societies including; Alpha Lambda Delta, Delta Epsilon Sigma, Omicron Delta Kappa and Chi Alpha Sigma. Outside of the classroom, Sydney was a Promotions Intern at Entercom Philadelphia, Social Media Manager for the Cabrini men’s soccer team and Communications Intern at Hill Top Preparatory School. She plans to pursue a career in digital media management and social media marketing.
Education equity is necessary for the positive development of all students. Without it, the determination to learn is hindered. Every student has the right to an education and we must become advocates for all students to get the education they deserve.
Ariana Yamasaki was the Content Strategist for Education Equity For All. She chose this position because she has an eye for detail. She can see the big picture while also being able to focus on the little mistakes that need to be fixed. She had the chance to be apart of The Loquitur as a Lifestyles Editor where she pitched multiple story ideas on a weekly basis and assigned stories to staff writers. She was President of Cabrini’s chapter of Catholic Relief Services (CRS). In CRS she focused on social justice issues and planned weekly meetings, while also planning events for the school year. She was a writing intern at Glitter Magazine where she pitched entertainment story ideas every week and upload daily articles into Buffer for their socials. Ariana held the marketing and communications internship at Cabrini University during her senior year. During that time she got to use her creativity and pitch her own ideas about the socials and different blogs she got to create. She wrote blogs about her experience and also created vlogs for when Cabrini shut down due to COVID-19. She is a member of the Society for Collegiate Journalists and multiple honor societies on Cabrini’s campus.
Assistant Writing Manager
Brielle Toff was the Marketing Manager and the Assistant Writing Manager of Education Equity for All. She graduated from Cabrini University in 2020 with a Bachelor’s Degree in digital communication and social media. While at Cabrini, Brielle was a member of the Communication Learning Community, was a classroom coach for a Communication 101 course, was a DJ for 89.1 WYBF-FM Cavalier Radio, served as the News Editor for Cabrini’s student-run news organization, The Loquitur, was a member of Catholic Relief Services Global Ambassadors and was inducted into the Society for Collegiate Journalists. Outside of Cabrini, Brielle was a Social Media Assistant at Philly PR Girl. Brielle hopes to pursue a career that allows her to intersect both her passion for writing, with her passion for social justice.
Education equity is an issue that is very close to Brielle’s heart. She believes that she would not be half of the person she is today without the educators that she has had throughout the years. Everyone deserves an equitable education and Brielle will continue to advocate for just that.
Assistant Site Developer
Hayley Thompson was the Art Director and Assistant Site Developer for Education Equity for All. She graduated from Cabrini University in 2020 with a Bachelor’s Degree in digital communication and social media and a minor in graphic design. As a freshman, Hayley was in the Communication Learning Community at Cabrini, then became a classroom coach for the Balance Learning Community in the course Conflict & Cooperation. She was the Visual Managing Editor during the 2019-2020 school year for Cabrini’s student-run media outlet, Loquitur Media. Hayley was also inducted into the Society for Collegiate Journalists. Outside of the classroom, Hayley interns at Freshfly Productions, running the social media accounts for their powerful documentary Hell or High Seas. Hayley’s mission is to tell stories that matter. She hopes to pursue a career combining her passions of creativity, multimedia storytelling and social justice.
Assistant photo manager
Renin was the Site Developer for Education Equity For All. He graduated from Cabrini University in May 2020 with a Bachelor’s Degree in digital communication and social media. He was a Student Ambassador for Cabrini’s Undergraduate Admissions Office, photographer for the Alumni Office at Cabrini University, Digital Marketing Assistant for the Wolfington Center, Perspectives Editor for Cabrini’s student-run media outlet, Loquitur Media, and a member of the Society for Collegiate Journalists. Through his internships with Rowan University, Manayunk Development Corporation and Campus Philly he felt prepared to step into his role as Site Developer. Combining all these skills he has learned in his undergraduate career he hopes to obtain a position in the field of social media and event photography/videography for a college, university or business.
Alliyah Maduro was the SEO Manager for Education Equity for All. She chose this position because it was an important skill/ technique to use for a website to drive more viewers, engagement, etc. The role of SEO Manager taught her about the keywords that are integrated within education and social justice issues. The skills she learned working on the website are, creating multimedia pieces, time management, consumer analytics, communication and adaptability. These are key skills that Alliyah has developed while holding her position as SEO manager. Alliyah is able to communicate verbally, orally and in writing. Her skill of adaptability will lead her to take on any role/ job outside of her niche and she is able to learn very quickly. Alliyah has interned at GlitterMagazine and AL DÍA News Media. In those positions she was able to broaden her skill sets and see how the work force really works.
During the creation of this website, Alliyah grew a passion for sharing the stories of children who attend school and how their home life can really affect their education. She hopes that this website will bring clarity to school boards/ districts all over the nation that our school systems are failing our future generations but there are people like us here to advocate/ tell their stories.
Ashley Moore was the Production Manager for Education Equity for All. She graduated from Cabrini University in 2020. Her job involved keeping all of the media pieces organized in a backup external drive as an outside source of media for students. As the project was moved online in the final months due to COVID-19, this job became extremely reliant on her organization skills and fast turnaround time to have all media in the hands of every student. She is well suited in working fast paced and under pressure. Ashley was a student-athlete and a staff writer for The Loquitur, the school's student-run newspaper. Ashley is currently pursuing a career in film editing.
Learning has never come easy for her. Having a learning disability and family members who did not attend college made this project extremely close to her heart. How each person learns is different for everyone. Her education has shaped the person that she is today. Every single person deserves an education centered around their needs and makes them thrive as an individual in society.
Video Media Manager
Dylan Ashcraft was the Video Media Manager for Education Equity for All. He graduated from Cabrini University in 2020 with a Bachelor’s Degree in digital communication and social media with a minor in marketing. At Cabrini, he worked as a classroom coach for the video production courses, wrote for The Loquitur and interned with Comcast as part of their Newsmakers team. He pursued the role of Video Media Manager because of his passion for video production. He has worked freelance for media creators, managed audio-visual content for a Pennsylvania based company, operated YouTube accounts and edited many projects. He hopes to leap into a career as a multimedia producer and editor with a narrative or marketing focus.
Equity in education is a right that people deserve. No one should be stuck on an uneven playing field in life and that starts with education.
Photo and Infographics Manager
Michelle Guerin was the Photo and Infographics Manager for Education Equity for All. Her job consisted of checking the consistency of all the infographics to be sure the team was on brand and also making sure the photos were appropriately incorporated with the information presented. Being a content producer on the Villanova athletics team during her senior year made her very strict with consistency with how a message is viewed on graphics. She wanted to use the skills she learned from her internship to help with the consistency of the site’s media.
Having a learning disability and learning how to advocate for herself made her passionate about being a voice for those who were not heard. If one has a learning disability, it should in no way be an excuse to treat that individual unfairly in the school system. Education equity has always been important to Michelle and her family. She wants to be an advocate for her children and teach them the importance of allyship until it becomes a chain reaction and it no longer is a problem.
Assistant Art Director
Alex Maiorana was the Audio Manager, Narrator and Assistant Art Director for Education Equity for All. He graduated from Cabrini University with a Bachelor’s Degree in communication and minors in graphic design and philosophy. While at Cabrini, he was Production and Music Manager for the student-run radio station, WYBF, as well as an on-air DJ. He also wrote for the student-run news organization, The Loquitur. He was a member of the honors program at Cabrini University and a captain of the men’s swim team his senior year. Outside of school he was assistant marketing manager for the Philadelphia Rebels hockey team, produced his own podcast, and has worked as a freelance graphic design artist. He plans to pursue a career where he can use his audio capabilities and his creative design work, as well as be able to develop those skills further.
The education system affects everyone and it shouldn’t have to be a contest to ensure good schooling. It’s a right that all people deserve.
Grey Stephens was the Writing Manager for Education Equity for All. She graduated from Cabrini University in 2020 with a Bachelor’s degree in digital communication and social media. While creating this website, she gained excellent verbal communication skills and expanded her knowledge of different types of visual media. She used her writing skills to pay close attention to detail to make sure the words of the website had one voice to talk about the various inequities of education. While taking on a leadership role for the website, Grey was also the Lifestyles Editor for Cabrini’s student-run media, the Loquitur. She recently became a member of the Society for Collegiate Journalists. During her junior year, she put Cabrini’s social justice mission to use when she landed an internship at Mission Kids CAC, a child advocacy center for children who undergo different types of abuse. She helped them spread awareness on their social platforms and wrote blogs to help promote healing and justice for victims and to educate people in the community. Outside of Cabrini, Grey works on her modeling career and her heavy interest in fashion. She plans to use her degree to pursue a career in journalism and start her own blog about the fashion industry.
James Kelly was the Research Verifier for Education Equity for All. He graduated from Cabrini University in 2020 with a Bachelor's Degree in digital communication and social media. As the Research Verifier, he went through and checked the legalities on all aspects of the website. During his time at Cabrini, James took an array of communication classes where he was able to expand on his skills in writing, video production, audio production, digital marketing and social media analytics. During his junior year, he was the Sports Editor for The Loquitur, Cabrini’s student-run newspaper, and was inducted into the Society for Collegiate Journalists. James plans to pursue a career in the sports communication industry.
James believes that an equitable education is what needed for our future generation. Over the course of the past year, James has become very passionate about advocating for education equity. In the future, he wants to continue being an ally for students and teachers everywhere.