NEW YORK, NY –-- The National Association for Multi-ethnicity In Communications (NAMIC) and the Emma Bowen Foundation have partnered to launch a co-branded online professional network, Nsiders.org. The Internet-based initiative will establish an online community comprising Emma Bowen Fellows, Alumni, and participating NAMIC members, representing the trade association's 16 regional chapters. The Emma Bowen Fellows Program provides multi-year internships to college-aged students of color at media companies nationwide.
"We are excited to partner with NAMIC to expand the reach of our respective diversity organizations," said Dr. Rahsaan Harris, President & CEO of The Emma Bowen Foundation. "Through this initiative, our Emma Bowen Fellows and Alumni will have the opportunity to access NAMIC's flagship education, professional development, and mentoring programs as well as have access to advanced networking opportunities and employment resource information. The second tier of guidance and support garnered through the NAMIC partnership and the online professional network will be invaluable as Emma Bowen Fellows progress from their internship experiences into the workforce."
To commemorate the online professional network launch, one-year complimentary NAMIC memberships will be available for the Emma Bowen Alumni. The Emma Bowen Alumni registering for NAMIC membership will have access to the trade association's full slate of programs and initiatives facilitated at the regional and national levels.
Nsiders.com tools include industry newsletters, employment and event postings, a member directory, and tools for sharing ideas, information and volunteer opportunities. Underwritten through a grant awarded by The Walter Kaitz Foundation, the Internet-based platform features an integrated database management system, which will allow the partnering organizations to capture critical data pertaining to the Emma Bowen Fellows and their professional progress, while tracking their level of engagement within NAMIC's programs.
Eglon E. Simons, NAMIC's president and CEO commented: "Through this joint effort both NAMIC and Emma Bowen will further our mutual goal of advancing diversity, while strengthening the industry's pipeline of professionals of color. As industry business models and demographics shift, this online network will promote collaboration and provide professional development opportunities for Emma Bowen Fellows and NAMIC members as they share knowledge and information, resulting in the mutual enrichment of all those engaged in the online community."
For more information on the Nsiders initiative or to join the online professional network, visit Nsiders.org. http://www.nsiders.org/