SJMC Monday Memo

Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next. We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it.

— Arundhati Roy, Indian author

Sign up for the 21-day Equity Challenge!

The events of the past few months have highlighted the need for all of us to educate ourselves so that we can more effectively drive social change in our nation.

United Way of Central Iowa is organizing a 21-Day Equity Challenge to encourage everyone to develop a deeper understanding of how inequality and racism affect our lives and community. Sign up for free, and each day from Oct. 5 to Nov. 2 receive an email with links to recommended articles, podcasts, videos and ways to take action. Participants will be invited to a virtual Equity Summit on Nov. 10 to learn more. Drake is a supporting member.

Sign up here:


Career tips from alums in tech: What do Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google, Amazon and Pinterest have in common? These popular companies all have an accomplished Drake alumni working for them! These alums will be giving top career and job search advice live on Zoom today, Monday, Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. Panelists include;

Lucille Carver, Social Media Manager; LinkedIn (Chicago)
Andrea Crowley, Content Strategist; Facebook (San Francisco)
Raquel Rivera, Human Resources Business Partner; Amazon (Seattle)
Brad Schmitz, Senior Client Partner; Twitter (Chicago)
Kyle Shafroth, Google Talent Partner, Google (Austin)
Kellar Sirstins, Pinterest Partner Solutions; Pinterest (Salt Lake City)

More event information and link are found on Handshake –

Public relations conference: Students can attend the Public Relations Society of America’s Midwest District Conference for free. The four-day conference will be held virtually each morning until noon from Oct. 5-8. Check out the line-up here:

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