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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

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Women’s group brings communication together


A new organization on campus is encouraging students of both genders to broaden their view of what communication can be.

The UH chapter of the Association for Women in Communications is having a general interest meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Baltic Room of the UC Underground to further discuss its goals and try to recruit new members.

Although AWC has women in its name, it also welcomes men.

“Everyone’s welcome to come with ideas ready to be shared,” Aspen Enoch, the membership chair of the AWC, said. “We are first going to discuss who we are exactly and what we stand for.”

Part of AWC’s mission statement is to promote professional opportunities in the communication field and help students find a career path that works for them, broadcast journalism junior Enoch said.

“I’d say we really want students to have a sense of pride about being in the communication school,” Enoch said.

Members plan to showcase the group at Cougar Preview, Frontier Fiesta and other venues.

“Personally, I want to build something that other students would love to be apart of,” Enoch said. “Regardless of what field of communication you’re in, you have skills that someone in another field of work would need. Hopefully we can help people to appreciate that.”

The members of AWC feel like they are filling a much-needed space within the school of communications, Epoch said.

The space was opened up two years ago, when the president of the previous UH chapter of AWC graduated.

“I was on the Metro and noticed a girl was reading her (communication) book and started a conversation with her about AWC,” Epoch said. “It turns out, there are people who are looking for an organization like this to be apart of.”

The current AWC president, Angelica Waller, a communication junior, was a freshman at the time and made it a goal this year to re-open the UH chapter.

After filling out the necessary paperwork with AWC’s national committee, the group recruited Deborah Bridges, an instructional assistant professor at the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication, to be the group’s faculty adviser.

“We’ve had to put in a lot of work, but I think we’ll see rewards for it,” Epoch said.


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