The Umbra Institute strives to provide students with a number of extracurricular activities, allowing them to be a part of the local community during their study abroad experience in Perugia, Italy. In addition to Umbra’s traditional activities, such as choir, theater, soccer, and UNICEF, Umbra now invites students to participate in the Umbra Voice, a student club for journalism and communication.
The Umbra Voice was founded in November 2015 by Umbra Alum and current Marketing and Student Services Intern, Ashley Webb, in collaboration with Fall 2015 students Kali Shulklapper and Katherine Reed, both from Duke University. The club’s goal is to encourage a community of expression and open communication that inspires creativity and intercultural competence among the Umbra student body. In order to reach this goal, the Umbra Voice invites local professors and professionals currently working in the Journalism and Communications industry, to run a workshop and make a brief presentation about a special topic relative to communication in Italy. After each presentation, Italian and American students in attendance discuss the presented material to develop an international perspective.
In addition to regular workshops, the Umbra Voice invites students to gain writing experience by blogging with Umbra. Students who wish to write with Umbra are invited to submit potential articles to the club’s Student Vice Presidents who serve as editors and event coordinators throughout the semester. Helen Armstrong, Arcadia University, and Liz Schasel, University of Texas, were assigned the positions for Umbra’s Spring 2016 Student Vice Presidents.
This spring will see six Umbra Voice Workshops as well as the welcoming of the International Journalism Festival to Perugia.
To read about what Umbra’s Fall 2015 student blogger, Elizabeth Santoro, had to say about the Umbra Voice, click here.