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We engage wtih our campuswide network of communicators to engender a shared sense of purpose and collective effort. CU Boulder communicators participate in regularly scheduled working groups and have access to a broad array of communication tools, resources and training opportunities.
The Academic Affairs Communicators Group aligns and coordinates messages from the subdivisions of the Division of Academic Affairs/Office of the Provost to advance the division’s research, scholarship, teaching, learning and service goals and the vision of its combined leadership.
In this meeting, the aim is to share communications best practices and foster collaboration and a sense of purpose. The group addresses thematic content calendars, media relations, social media, photography, story ideas and more. Members also use this time to share news coming out of every unit on campus that might be of interest to the entire group. Between meetings, they share information on everything from campus news alerts to media requests to story ideas on a designated Slack team with thematic channels. The meeting is held at locations across campus the first Thursday of every month from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Because of the size of the group, each unit is encouraged to send only one representative. There is broad attendance, with at least 20 people showing up for each meeting representing all colleges, along with some departments, schools and programs.
Meets quarterly on campus and is hosted by the art director of Strategic Relations and Communications. The participants mainly focus on graphic design duties (although some are responsible for other areas—print production, project management, writing, etc.). The meetings provide resources and support for best practices regarding consistent use of CU Boulder brand elements and the Be Boulder messaging platform. Designers come from colleges/schools such as Music, Arts and Sciences, Leeds School of Business, Engineering as well as those from administrative units such as Housing and Dining, Wardenburg Health Center, Parking Services, Rec Center, etc.
This group meets monthly and is composed primarily of VC Infrastructure/Safety departments. Members discuss individual communication initiatives originating in their departments (e.g., fall semester student move-in) and how they relate to Strategic Relations priorities, as well as current internal and campuswide communication efforts. The group is led by Erin Frazier, director of Campus Communications and Engagement in Strategic Relations and Communications.
Meets once a month for about an hour to discuss best practices for internal and external communication related to research news and institute events. The meetings often feature an invited guest to present on a particular topic. Recent and forthcoming topics include: building social media audiences and digital engagement; creating high-quality video from field research; and how to leverage Altmetric data and tools. The meetings provide an opportunity for institutes to learn from each other’s strategies and share resources. They also provide a direct one-on-one channel to Strategic Relations and Research and Innovation Office for questions/concerns/ideas about promoting research news.
The social media listserv is a network of social media managers and coordinators across campus. If you manage, contribute to or oversee a social media channel for an office/department/unit on campus, you should be a part of this list to tap into a network of peers, share ideas and ask/answer topic-related questions.
Meet monthly to discuss the communication needs of their division and to be briefed on upcoming events, issues, etc. The goal is to align communications themes and resources across all Student Affairs departments.
Open venue for IT professionals across campus to share upcoming projects, initiatives or research related to technology. The Strategic Relations web team shares co-leadership of the group with OIT to help find presenters and set agendas. Meets every two weeks.