Welcome – Marhaban! 25 Iraqi students @ Social Media Institute in Virginia Commonwealth University

The School of Mass Communications has organized a cutting-edge program, the VCU Social Media Institute. The Institute combines the  IYLEP Information Technology and Media Institute with a VCU undergraduate class “Social Media Networking” and a VCU graduate class “Social Media Seminar.” You will be studying and developing joint social media projects with the VCU students. Our professors and a variety of social media experts will help you develop projects with non-profit organizations in Richmond and assist you in developing projects to be implemented when you return to Iraq. We also have program assistants who will help you in achieving your goals in social media and engage you in the Richmond community.

The Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP), funded by the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and implemented by the Meridian International Center, enables 100 highly motivated students from Iraq to attend an intensive academic summer program at four U.S. host universities.

Welcome to the course website for students who will be collaborating in this summer’s special program on social media at Virginia Commonwealth University.

The site includes the syllabi, readings and other curricular materials for three groups of students in this program:

* The 25 Iraqi college students in the Young Iraqi Leadership Exchange Program
* The 16 students in an undergraduate course, MASC 491 – Social Media Networking
* The two VCU students in a graduate course, MASC 691 – Social Media Seminar

We’ll all be working together in learning about, and carrying out, social media projects. We’ll meet from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Fridays in Room 1169 of the Temple Building at 900 West Main Street. On some afternoons, we will have lab work, field trips and other activities.

At our first meeting of all students — on Wednesday, July 3 — we will discuss our complementary roles and other aspects of the course. Please note that we will start at 10 a.m.  See you then!

– Marcus Messner and Vivian Medina-Messner
Professors, VCU School of Mass Communications


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