The Council on Communications is responsible for creating videos to disseminate information via various media channels to promote various national ASDA initiatives, including but not limited to: webinars, advocacy initiatives, wellness initiatives, membership information, national grants and awards, national meetings, etc. The council acts as a resource for and promotes chapter communication efforts.


The council comprises one chair, two council associates and two video production managers: 

  • The council chair supervises and directs the activities of the council and facilitates council meetings. The chair manages communications between ASDA’s leadership and membership.
  • Council associates serve as members of the council and participate in all council activities. 
  • Video production managers film and produce videos that advance the goals of the council, strategic plan and House of Delegate resolutions.

2022-23 Council on Communications

  • Council chair: Shalini Namathirtham, Roseman ’23
  • Council associate: Katelyn Smith, Nebraska ’23
  • Council associate: Hilary Wong, Pennsylvania ’24
  • Video production manager: Alina Rizvi, Rutgers ’24
  • Video production manager: Kubra Sizar, Rutgers ’24
  • Board liaison: District 9 Trustee Clara Kohlmetz, Texas-Houston ’23
  • Staff liaison: Stephanie Arteaga
  • Staff liaison: Stephanie Follett
Position Descriptions

Council on Communications Chair

Term Length: Annual Session 2023 - Annual Session 2024

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Must be an active predoctoral member at the time of application and throughout the term of office.
  2. Must be able to attend all required meetings listed below and conference calls when necessary. 
  3. Will complete projects or resolutions assigned by the House of Delegates or Board of Trustees.
  4. Must be able to complete assignments and responsibilities by established deadlines.
  5. Must have access to video editing software. This will not be provided by ASDA.
  6. Experience serving on the Council on Communications is strongly preferred

Estimated Time Commitment

Estimated time commitment is 4 hours/month which includes council calls and action items. Certain months may require additional time like Pride Month and reviewing wellness grant applications.

Meetings
Must attend and actively participate in the following meetings:

  • In-person Spring Council Meeting, April 1-2, 2023
  • Virtual Fall Council Meeting, September 23-24, 2023
  • In-person ASDA Annual Session, Feb/March, 2024

National leaders must participate fully (whether it be virtual or in-person) in council business via email, meet deadlines, and attend all council calls.

Funding for required in-person meetings includes: transportation to/from meetings, meals, hotel accommodations, a per diem based on the length of the meeting and reimbursement for baggage fees.

Responsibilities
Digital initiatives strategy

  • Works closely with staff to promote ASDA initiatives via social media videos
  • Acts as a resource for chapter communication efforts (e.g., chapter newsletters and websites).
  • Creates 3-5 short videos to be posted on social media throughout the term.
  • Reviews and approves all videos produced by council associates and video production managers. 

Council management 

  • Supervises the activities of the Council on Communications.
  • Approves all council meeting agendas and minutes.
  • Mentors council associates.
  • Assists with orientation and transition of new council members.

Council on Communications Associate

Term Length: Annual Session 2023 - Annual Session 2024

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Must be an active predoctoral member at the time of application and throughout the term of office.
  2. Must be able to attend all required meetings listed below and conference calls when necessary.
  3. Will complete projects or resolutions assigned by the House of Delegates or Board of Trustees.
  4. Must be able to complete assignments and responsibilities by established deadlines.
  5. Must have access to video editing software. This will not be provided by ASDA.

Estimated Time Commitment

Estimated time commitment is 3 hours/month which includes council calls and action items. Certain months may require additional time like Pride Month and reviewing wellness grant applications.

Meetings
Must attend and actively participate in the following meetings:

  • In-person Spring Council Meeting, April 1-2, 2023
  • Virtual Fall Council Meeting, September 23-24, 2023

National leaders must participate fully (whether it be virtual or in-person) in council business via email, meet deadlines, and attend all council calls.

Funding for required in-person meetings includes: transportation to/from meetings, meals, hotel accommodations, a per diem based on the length of the meeting and reimbursement for baggage fees.

Responsibilities 
Digital initiatives strategy

  • Works closely with staff to promote ASDA initiatives via social media videos
  • Create 3-5 short videos to be posted on social media as assigned by the Chair throughout the term.
  • Acts as a resource for chapter communication efforts (e.g. chapter newsletters and websites).

Video Production Manager

Term Length: Annual Session 2023 - Annual Session 2024

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Must be an active predoctoral member at the time of application and throughout the term of office.
  2. Must be able to attend all required meetings listed below and conference calls when necessary. 
  3. Will complete projects or resolutions assigned by the House of Delegates or Board of Trustees.
  4. Must complete assignments and responsibilities by established deadlines.
  5. Must have access to video editing software. These will not be provided by ASDA.

Estimated Time Commitment

Estimated time commitment is 4 hours/month which includes council calls and action items. Certain months may require additional time like Pride Month and reviewing wellness grant applications.

Meetings
Must attend and actively participate in the following meetings:

  • In-person Spring Council Meeting, April 1-2, 2023
  • Virtual Fall Council and Board of Trustees meeting, September 23-24, 2023
  • In-person National Leadership Conference, October 20-22, 2023
  • In-person ASDA Annual Session, Feb/March, 2024

National leaders must participate fully (whether it be virtual or in-person) in council business via email, meet deadlines, and attend all council calls.

Funding for required in-person meetings includes: transportation to/from meetings, meals, hotel accommodations, a per diem based on the length of the meeting and reimbursement for baggage fees.

Responsibilities
Digital initiatives strategy

  • Works closely with staff to promote ASDA initiatives via social media videos
  • Creates 2-3 in-depth videos as assigned by the Chair throughout the term.
  • Acts as a resource for chapter communication efforts (e.g., chapter newsletters and websites).
Annual Report
2021-22 Annual Report Council on Communications