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Community Outreach

NSU's College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Department of Writing and Communication aims to serve the needs of our community while providing relevant educational experiences to our students.

Florida Scholastic Press Association District 7 Workshop

This conference brings nearly 1,000 people to campus, and students get experience presenting on a variety of media topics. The FSPA includes more than 300 student publications, online media teams, and broadcast programs throughout the state. Its mission is to educate, train, and support scholastic journalists and their advisers.

Ice Cream Entrepreneur Program

The Ice Cream Entrepreneur Program is a free summer program sponsored by the Department of Writing and Communication for college-bound high school students with an interest in communication skills, advertising, branding and public relations. The program, which offers students the opportunity to learn about creating and launching a consumer-ready ice cream product, is modeled after other successful programs in both industry and academia and is somewhat akin to the ABC television program “Shark Tank.” Working in teams, students will meet every day for five consecutive days in the summer to develop and produce a unique ice cream flavor while learning and applying communication, branding, marketing, and oral presentation principles and skills.

At the conclusion of the program, each team will present its ice cream via a tasting and an oral presentation to a panel of judges. Groups will then be evaluated on the quality of their ice cream, its market potential and the corresponding oral presentation.

Each student will earn a certificate for completing the course and the winning flavor will have the opportunity to be produced locally at Yo Mama's Ice Cream in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Current NSU undergraduate and graduate students get the opportunity to act as mentors to Ice Cream Entrepreneur Program student participants.

NSU - Whiddon-Rogers Writing and Communication Center

DWC faculty and students began a writing center at Whiddon-Rogers Education Center in Fort Lauderdale during the winter 2016 semester. WR is an alternative high school that works with students in middle, high, adult education, and community school programs. The purpose of the high school is to work with struggling students who are in need of 1) recovering credits, improving GPA, and/or passing standardized tests; 2) acquiring basic literacy skills; and 3) mentoring and academic guidance. Students can obtain their diplomas at Whiddon-Rogers, or they can receive help with credit recovery, and can return back to their home school.

This collaborative, community outreach project benefits Whiddon-Rogers students and NSU students. WR students learn valuable literacy skills and have regular access to positive role-models. NSU students gain valuable experience working in the community to enhance literacy skills. NSU students are enrolled in WRIT 4950: Internship in Writing and are engaged in writing center and community service scholarship. They travel to the high school once a week, with a faculty member, to work with WR students.

For more information, contact Dr. Kelly Concannon ( and Dr. Juliette Kitchens (

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