Short and long-form writing, photography
Educational issues, including race and class, poverty, teaching profession, and the relationship between schools and community.
During her studies, Gina applied foundational sociological theories to educational issues, including race, gender, class, school discipline practices, and the teaching profession. Gina also worked as a graduate student assistant in the Dean's Office, where she supported the school's digital communications and marketing strategies for social media. She conceived of Social Research Matters, a website showcasing work by NSSR faculty and Ph.D. students. She also served on the Sociology Graduate Conference Committee, reviewing submissions, creating marketing materials, and soliciting potential keynotes for the conference.
As an undergrad, Gina was accepted into Capital News Service, UMD's student-run news wire service. She was an education beat reporter for the Washington bureau office, and wrote a variety of stories on student health, Maryland's test scores, and the merger talks between the University of Maryland's College Park and Baltimore County institutions.
While pursuing her degree, Gina was a freelance writer for local newspapers, including the Montgomery County Sentinel, where she wrote a 10-week investigative piece on early weather warning systems -- a story inspired by the tornado that hit Joplin, Missouri.
Gina managed the online production process of Education Week's digital editions, and wrote a variety of short articles and blog posts on a variety of topics, including school safety, K-12 sports, youth health, and curriculum. In addition to newsroom experience, Gina also has experience managing social media accounts for Education Week, the New School for Social Research, and East Harlem Tutorial Program; web management experience using a CMS and Wordpress; and marketing experience, including writing and editing newsletters, and creating materials using Adobe Creative Suite.
Gina drafts and creates marketing materials using Adobe Creative Suite for a non-profit education organization in East Harlem. Materials are made with specific audiences in mind, including student enrollment, staff and volunteer recruitment, fundraising, and donor relations.
Gina wrote a variety of blog posts for Education Week, covering a range of topics such as youth obesity, youth sports, and brain injuries among youth athletes.
Gina is the editor of a monthly newsletter for East Harlem Tutorial Program's external audience, which includes major donors, funding partners, and families. She delegates short written assignments to her team, collects media, and creates newsletters via Mailchimp. In addition to regular newsletter content, Gina also copy edits external-facing messages from the organization's executive director and other senior managers when necessary.