steph black

reflections of a wild feminist

I am a student honing my skills in and building my knowledge of women’s issues and feminist theory in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program at American University. During my time at AU I have held multiple positions that relate to women’s issues, community outreach, and communications. With a flair for creativity, a strong sense of accountability, and unmatched social media skills, I thrive in situations where passion and pressure coexist. Being as analytical as I am articulate, I spare no effort to leverage the quality of messages being delivered to multiple media channels. As a passionate, pro-choice, and feminist student, there is nothing I enjoy more than being able to communicate these ideas to the public.

Education
American University2015-2019Bachelor of the Arts in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Professional Experience
The Wellness Center at American UniversitySeptember 2017-PresentPeer Wellness Educator
  • Conducts 70 hours of workshops and outreach to students per semester.
  • Highly trained in various public health topics such as sexual health, stress management, alcohol and substance use and abuse, nutrition, healthy relationships and intimate partner violence, consent, sexual communication, and bystander intervention.

 

Center for Survivor Agency and JusticeMay-September 2017Training and Communications Fellow
  • Implemented communications strategies, developed media and outreach calendars, created website media content strategy, expanded use of social media platforms, designed templates, produced general communications materials, and publications/products for program activities.
  • Managed social media, including Facebook and Twitter. Branded CSAJ’s voice and online presence, developed and managed contact lists, provided communications support, established tracking methods, met communications benchmarks.
  • Managed webinars by monitoring Youtube livestream, answering emails and questions from the virtual audience, and troubleshooting technical issues. Created and coded webpages.
American Association of University WomenMay-August 2017Digital Communications Intern
  • Drafted tweets, Facebook posts, and Instagram posts. Utilized social media platforms to further AAUW’s brands to a wide audience of women ranging from middle school and high school students through retired women. Aided in the facilitation of Tweet Chats and Twitter Storms. 
  • Pitched emails to local news outlets promoting events. Mined media platforms for press mentions and cataloged results. Researched and wrote analytical reports, tracked performance of Twitter handles, Facebook pages, and Instagram. 
The David ProjectSpring 2017, 2018Intern
  • Responsible for creating pro-Israel connections and friendships on campus. Has regular conversations both about Israel and relevant connections to Israel through engaging campus leaders and key organizations. Specifically, with feminist and pro-woman organizations.
American University HillelJanuary-May 2016Tzedek (Social Justice) Intern
  • Ran programs focused on feminist topics such as Rosh Chodesh, an interfaith panel on faith and feminism, coordinated direct service for a local homeless shelter, lead discussions about food insecurity, engaged 15 uninvolved or marginally involved Jewish women 
American University Museum at the Katzen Arts CenterMay 2017-PresentGallery Attendant
  • Monitors up to six galleries during all open hours including, public and private events. Provides general information to the public regarding museum programs and exhibitions.
  • Assists museum staff in a variety of administrative and exhibition-related responsibilities.
SocialMadeSimpleJune-August 2016Intern
  • Compiled and analyzed data on product performance. Learned Facebook advertising campaigns and strategy. Generated customer and internal reports. Conducted industry research and various administrative duties. Ran social media for local small businesses in the Boston area.
  • Contributed to internal marketing and social media efforts. 
Campus Experience
Power to DecideSeptember 2017-PresentBedsider U Campus Representative
  • Distributes educational materials and resources to college students on birth control methods. 
  • Plans multiple sexual health-related events for students. Creates a climate where students are comfortable asking about and discussing sexual health topics. 
The Eagle at American UniversityMay 2017-December 2017Staff Columnist
  • Wrote a biweekly article about a topic of choice, revolving around a common theme: women’s issues and feminism on campus.
Students to End Abortion StigmaSeptember 2016-PresentDirector of Communications
  • Supervises social media including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr. Posts original and other content while maintaining a consistent tone. Boosts post-reach with strategic member sharing, responds to messages and emails.
Skills