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Students Present PSA's to Community Organization

In April, students in Assistant Professor Creshema Murray's spring 2014 "Small Group Communication" course presented public service announcements tailored for The Women's Home, a local residential treatment and transitional housing program for women, in front of family, friends and representatives from the organization.

Students were tasked with selecting and researching a non-profit organization that would serve as their "client" for the PSA's. After weeks of hard work, the class made three presentations.

One PSA was an informative overview of the history and programs offered by The Women's Home. The second PSA addressed the stigma surrounding addiction, abuse, mental illness and issues of homelessness in Houston. The third PSA showcased current events, including fundraisers, held by The Women's Home and served as a call to action for people to get involved in the work of the organization.

"The purpose of the course and this assignment is to engage students in high-impact educational experiences that will prepare them for a career impacting the global society," Murray said. "As a professor, I wanted to make sure that students could complete a course that will address one of the many needs of the Houston community."

Following the presentations, Chau Nguyen, director of Community Relations for The Women's Home, said, "I am honored and humbled to be here to see all your hard work. I cannot wait to take this back to The Women's Home and show everyone."

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