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Service-Learning Professor's Nonprofit Provides a Creative Outlet

Jeanine Guidry, a graduate of the Department of Health Behavior and Policy at Virginia Commonwealth University, is a member of the sexual and domestic violence research group at the Institute for Women’s Health, and an affiliate faculty member at VCU’s Media + Health Initiative. Guidry recently joined the faculty of the Robertson School of Media and Culture as an assistant professor of public relations. She conducts research on the effects of social media and mobile technology in health communications. Her social media courses are designated service-learning courses.

Now she is finding out the effects of her creativity and talents on the Richmond community. Through music and art, Guidry is connecting her community in ways that social media never could. She sings to speak to people and paints to break down walls.

Guidry runs a nonprofit, called Offering, that does work in music and murals. It began as a musical band, and plays a diverse range of instruments, from keyboards and drums to cajon and cellos. The band comprises 15 members, all volunteers, who play when they find the time.

Read the full VCU News article.