EWC and HBCU Students Should Be Attending WordCamps
by William Jackson @wmjackson
Emma Kent @librarianewc
The WordCamp Jacksonville was a prime opportunity
for EWC and HBCU students to meet and interact
with industry professionals in the fields of web
development, graphic design, Java development,
Cybersecurity and other areas of Branding,
Marketing, Advertising and business ventures
in the area of tech.
The opportunity to share their voices through tech
has never been available before in history for EWC
and HBCU students. Emma Kent, MA, MLIS librarian
of Edward Waters College attending her first WordCamp
shared the historical importance of EWC and HBCU
students to continue to grow and be engaged is as
many tech conferences like WordCamp Jacksonville.
Ms. Kent talking to the industry leaders, developers,
bloggers, programmers, etc.
Social Media has moved beyond the traditional
blogging into a broader spectrum of interactive
engagement, connectivity, Branding, Marketing,
find a person’s Niche and even collaborations in
business. The levels of engagement, interactivity
and networking is valuable for EWC students that
have dreams of moving into new areas of careers
in technology, but do not know who to connect with.
This is a big challenge, HBCU students do not think
conferences, meetups, workshop and networking
event are important, but are
dangerously wrong. Meetups, conferences, summits,
workshops and other events are important to
understand who to connect with, where to go to
connect and the value of getting your name in the
minds of professionals that can offer Internships,
scholarships, jobs and open doors that were
Emma Kent and William Jackson, Presenters
The presentation “How to be DOPE on Social Media and
Relevant,” was celebrated as bringing a diversity of
content and cultural connections. Praised as new and
exciting the presentation was engaging and interactive.
WordPress Jacksonville is growing and providing
more opportunities through the meetups
happening each month.
EWC and HBCU students are encouraged to find
groups that support WordCamp, WordPress,
EdCamp, BarCamp and other opportunities for
networking and learning.
If HBCU students want to be involved in areas of tech
or even as entrepreneurs they still have to have
access to knowledge, resources, venture capitalists
that make the much needed investments and have
the degrees and certificates necessary to sit at the
table where the decisions are made.
The concept of “How to be Dope on Social Media and
Relevant” is the vision of William Jackson professor
with Edward Waters College, he teaches Educational
Technology, Social Media and STEM. Professor Jackson
provides a much needed experience and knowledge
to help EWC and HBCU students to grow and be
part of industries that claim there are no knowl-
edgeable nor capable students of color and culture.
Professor Jackson has 27 years as a public educator
and teaching at EWC since 2004, he attends national
and international conferences to speak on tech issues
in many cases that are directly related to people of
color and culture and supports hiring EWC and
Pro. Jackson is a national and international blogger
whose content is published in Canada, South Africa,
Nigeria and throughout the United States. There
are national WordCamp opportunities and EdCamp
for EWC and HBCU students in education programs
working to be educators in schools
across the country.
Students take advantage of this chances to grow
Emma Kent, MA, MLIS
Librarian – Division of Academic Affairs
Twitter – @librariantiger
William Jackson, M.Edu
Social Media Visionary – My Quest To Teach
Twitter – @wmjackson