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Elsabete Kebede A Visual and Editorial Portfolio

Story About Me

As a public relations student, I've been taught the importance of stories and how they shape they way we think, see and consume art. I've loved to read and write since I was in elementary school and that passion has led me to pursue a career in public relations. However, beyond that, I love art in all of its mediums.

Words and pictures both shape stories. They go hand in hand.

In this visual portfolio, I will include my works across a variety of different mediums– text, graphic and video– to showcase my skills and tell a story of where my life has taken me. Whether it is my role in the Bateman competition or my visualizing study abroad trip to Paris, I hope you see the stories that I've come to learn.

Writing Sample, AAUW

As a student of the Dwight Bental Hall Communications agency at San Jose State University, I was the account lead for the American Association of University Women San Jose Branch. AAUW is dedicated to furthering the educational goals of college women at the community level and I wanted to be a part of that mission.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Oct. 24, 2018.)—American Association of University Women (AAUW) San Jose will host its Seventeenth Annual Holiday Boutique on Saturday, November 10, 2018. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1165 Minnesota Avenue, Suite 100, San Jose.

There will be themed gift baskets, baked goods, unique embroidered aprons, potholders, table covers, hand-knitted scarves and so much more. We encourage everyone to bring family and friends!

“The boutique is an opportunity to become a part of sending a young woman to a four-year college by buying something fun for yourself, something fun to eat or play with,” said Margaret Bard, Chair, AAUW Local Scholarship Committee.

Proceeds from the Holiday Boutique support the AAUW San Jose Local Scholarship Community Action Project, which annually awards scholarships to women pursuing a four-year degree. This year, AAUW San Jose was able to provide a record number of $64,000 in scholarships. The funding can change the course of a young woman’s educational journey.

“I’m a full-time student and I work over 30 hours a week to support myself and it’s really difficult to balance both,” said Patricia Rich, a recipient from California State University, East Bay. “This helps me financially but also emotionally because when I’m going through obstacles while pursuing my education, I am able to remind myself there is a team of people behind me that are supporting my education and endeavors and that inspires me to keep going.”

AAUW accepts credit cards, checks and cash for the holiday boutique.

About AAUW:

AAUW is an organization that promotes equity and education for women and young girls through research, education, and advocacy. This national organization was founded in 1881 and has state and local branches throughout the United States. The AAUW San Jose was founded in 1909. Membership is open to graduates who hold an associate or higher degree from an accredited college or university. Students working toward a qualifying degree may become student affiliates.

AAUW San Jose is located at 1165 Minnesota Avenue, Suite 100, San Jose, CA 95125-3324

For more information visit https://sanjose-ca.aauw.net/ or call Linda Guyer at (408) 316-6094.

2019 PRSSA Bateman Competition

This years case study was focused on raising awareness on the lack of diversity and inclusion in the public relations and communications industry. My role included creating social media graphics and community outreach.

Social Media Campaign

These are a few social media edits that I created for the 2019 PRSSA Bateman Competition.

Presenting to High School and College Students

A component of the campaign was visiting local colleges and high schools and present to students on the public relations industry and why diversity and inclusion matters.

At De Anza College, we visited one of my old professors, Professor Ramsey who teaches popular culture. We conducted pre and post-surveys to gage what the students learned at each school. We also visited classes geared for college preparation at Yerba Buena High School.

I contacted teachers and schedule presentation dates. In the far right photograph, we highlight the major headlines of the past few years that exposed the diversity gap in the industry.

What did you learn from this presentation?

We need more diversity.
Appreciating the Arts in Paris, France

As an avid lover of the arts, I participated in a short study abroad trip to Paris, France with the Art and Art History Department at San Jose State University. Through my two weeks there, I walked through cobblestones streets, visited art museums, and captured photographs of the beautiful city. This portion of my portfolio is a look into my skills with photography.

Small snapshots of the streets of Paris and the marble statues at the Luxembourg Palace

Visiting Art Museums

While in Paris, I visited a number of art museums that include the Louvre, the Musee d' Orsay, Musee Rodin among many others. In this portfolio, I provide a few photographs that I captured that were both historical and impactful to me.

Portrait of a Black Woman, Marie-Guillemine Benoist, Starry Night over the Rhone, Van Gogh Woman with a Parasol, Monet

Thank you for taking the time to look through my portfolio. I'll leave you with a picture that I snapped while on a bridge at dawn at Paris.

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