CCPA in Taos

Six students from Corporate Communications and Public Affairs in will serve as communications interns at nonprofit organizations in Taos, NM this summer. By day, students will work with national and regional organizations, including Habitat for Humanity and The Harwood Museum; addressing issues from at-risk youth and the environment to housing and the arts. By night, they will attend classes at the SMU-in-Taos campus. Additionally, students will serve as marketing and event volunteers for the annual Taos Solar Music Festival.

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The Taos way of life

An update from Lauren, a CCPA major:

Lauren.jpg Campus life in Taos is amazing. It is a very relaxed environment; however, there is always something to do.

Last Sunday, a group of us joined the Wellness class on their rafting trip down the Rio Grande. Rafting is a must if you plan on coming out here!

My CCPA class has also gone to many interesting places around Taos. Last Friday our class got the opportunity to work on re-mudding the San Francisco de Asis Church. Working on the church was not as easy as I thought it would be, but it’s cool to say we were a part of helping maintain such a historic site.

Sunday our class traveled to the Taos Pueblo and witnessed another historic event, Corn Dance Feast Day. After studying the Corn Dance in another class, it was interesting to watch the dance live, and see where and how the culture lives. However, I think the best part of that day was stopping at the Casino on the way back to campus!

I am also working for the nonprofit DreamTree Project for my CCPA internship while here in Taos. The cause is helping homeless and at-risk youth develop life skills for a better future. I like working with the nonprofit; however, sometimes I feel like there is so much needing to be done and no idea where to begin. It takes some adjusting to get used to the Taos way of communication, which is a lot different from the constant up-to-date, social media that is so popular in most cities.

I can respect their way of doing things, though, because it matches with the culture here. People in Taos love the town, and you can see it in everyone, which is really amazing to encounter on a daily basis. I love it here!

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