Photo of Lori BergenWhen I joined CMCI in 2015, I didn’t know what I was getting myself into as the founding dean of the first new CU Boulder college in over 50 years! I did know that I believed in the mission of the new college and was excited to take on the challenge.

From undergraduates to doctoral candidates, the college equips students with the knowledge and skills needed to produce, gather, archive, curate, analyze and evaluate the flood of information, messages, data, images, sounds and ideas that populate our complex and rapidly evolving global media landscape.

Six-and-a-half years after arriving in Boulder, I’m constantly amazed by the creativity and enthusiasm of our students, the important work of our alumni and the critical research our faculty are undertaking. In this edition of CMCI Now, I’m delighted to share a few of those stories.

After moving from a village in Tanzania to the U.S. in 2012, Angel Mollel launched the foundation 1 Love to improve the livelihood of Maasai people and empower women and girls to pursue their dreams. Now a sophomore studying media production, she’s learning visual storytelling to help preserve her culture.

Communication alumna Carey Candrian is focusing on the stories not told as she reimagines how scripts used in medical intake conversations—scripts that tend to overlook the critical life experience of LGBTQ people—can be redesigned.

See Faculty Now for an overview of the research and creative works of our over 100 faculty members—from Professor Robin Burke’s study of recommender systems and other personalized information systems in e-commerce to Senior Instructor Jamie Skerski’s creation of a speaking lab that will offer students speech coaching and communication workshops.

As always, I’d love to hear from you. Send us an update to your story to share in Alumni News and let us know if you have an idea we should cover!

Lori Bergen, PhD
Founding Dean
College of Media, Communication and Information