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Diversity Fellows

In the Fall of 2018, the Hubbard School announced a new cohort of adjunct fellows who support diversity, equity and inclusion in our classrooms. The program has continued to add new fellows each semester since. The fellows, all professionals working in the areas of journalism and strategic communication, engage with students across a range of courses throughout each semester, offering expertise in areas such as ethics and radio production to beat reporting and advertising strategy.

2021-2022 Hubbard School Fellows for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Jerry Holt

Jerry Holt
Staff Photographer, Star Tribune
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Jerry Holt has been a staff photographer at the Star Tribune since 1990. He was born in Shaw, Mississippi, and is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi. He lives in Brooklyn Park, Minn. 

 

 

Van Horgen

Van Horgen
Founder & CEO, Superhuman
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As the Diversity Fellow, Van's goal is to share his experiences and inspire others to believe in themselves. In 1973, he emigrated from Vietnam and is currently living the American Dream. He's the Founder & CEO of Superhuman, a 10-year-old Minneapolis advertising agency. Before Superhuman, he had the privilege of honing his skills as a copywriter and creative director for 12 years at reputable agencies including Carmichael Lynch and Campbell Mithun. One of his favorite career highlights was shooting TV commercials starring Brett Favre, the NFL hall of fame quarterback. He founded Superhuman because he wanted to build a diverse, inclusive agency where talented people respect their coworkers and clients. He believes great things happen when we do our best and do what’s right.

Nina Moini

Nina Moini
Reporter, MPR News
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Nina Moini is a reporter covering the Twin Cities for MPR News. She co-hosts the Minnesota Today podcast and Sunday evening news, trivia and music program, called “The Warming House.” Moini has been covering Minnesota news for nearly a decade as a television and radio reporter, traveling to every corner of the state and earning awards for investigative, feature and breaking news work along the way.


 

Daniel Bergin

Daniel Pierce Bergin
Executive Producer, TPT
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Daniel Pierce Bergin is a filmmaker whose work centers the power of people, place, and the past. He is a winner of 15 regional Emmy Awards. His notable productions include Jim Crow of the North, Lost Twin Cities 5, North Star: Minnesota’s Black Pioneers; Homeless Youth: Finding Home, and Out North: MNLGBTQ History. His documentary With Impunity: Men & Gender Violence was named ‘Best Documentary of 2012’ by Mpls/St. Paul Magazine. In the 1990s, Daniel Bergin co-produced the ground breaking ‘Don’t Believe the Hype,’ TPT's award winning youth media program. His narrative films have screened at the American Film Institute, KQED San Francisco’s Living Room Film Festival, the Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival, The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival, The Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, and the Hollywood Black Film Festival. The Minneapolis native and University of Minnesota graduate has served as a director on the boards of several community media organizations including FilmNorth and PollenMidwest. He has been an adjunct instructor at St. Cloud State University and lectured and presented in countless classrooms and community settings. He has been recognized as a MN State Arts Board Fellow, a City Pages Artist of the Year, and was awarded a Bush Leadership Fellowship for his work in community media. 

Marsha Pitts-Phillips

Marsha Pitts-Phillips
Founder, MRPP & Associates Communications LLC
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Marsha has deep public relations and journalism experience. She’s led PR at a large nonprofit; worked as a radio and television journalist; worked as an associate professor of communications; produced documentaries; and worked in corporate television. She has collaborated on and spearheaded several large-scale PR projects including the NFL Sanctioned Super Bowl LVII Gospel Celebration broadcast on Black Entertainment Television (BET). PRSA appointed her as its first Diversity and Inclusion Officer; she’s a member of NABJ-Media-Related Members Task Force (NABJ-MRMTF) and its local affiliate the Twin Cities Black Journalists; and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Marsha’s board service includes Prepare + Prosper; the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies (GTCYS) Leadership Advisory Council; and she is an ordained minister. 

Anjula Razdan

Anjula Razdan
Digital Director, Experience Life
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Anjula is Digital Director with Experience Life magazine, where she also served as senior editor for health and nutrition from 2006 to 2014 before leaving for stints as vice president for content with Be Well by Dr. Frank Lipman and as senior news producer for PresentNation. She has also worked as a senior editor for the Utne Reader and as a staff writer for Southwest Journal. She brings a savvy, digital perspective that is grounded in the best of magazine writing and storytelling.

 

Erica Swain

Erica Swain
IT Communications Manager, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion & Digital Equity Advocate, Minnesota IT Services
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Erica Swain is an IT Communications Manager serving Minnesota IT Services partnering with the Minnesota Department of Human Services & MNsure ([email protected]). Swain joined Minnesota IT Services in 2016. Her primary responsibilities include: strategically develop and implement communications plans for agency-wide IT programs, collaborate with technical staff to translate complex IT concepts and status updates into plain language for senior leadership and external partners.  She also serves as the [email protected] representative for: the Minnesota Department of Human Services’ Strategic anti-Racism Team, Minnesota Department of Human Services’ Equity Partnership Team, and Minnesota IT Services Enterprise Equity Change plan Leadership team. Before joining Minnesota IT Services, Swain worked for the Georgia Department of Human Services and the Georgia Department of Community Health. Swain received her bachelor’s degree in Mass Media Arts from Clark Atlanta University and her master’s degree from Illinois State University in Art Technology. The St. Paul native currently resides in Woodbury with her husband Alex and daughter Sydney.

Past Fellows of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (since 2018)

Christiane Cordero, WCCO
Nitin Dua, Johannes Leonardo
Marissa Evans, Los Angeles Times
Riham Feshir, MPR News
Liz Flores, Star Tribune
Luis Garrido, McCann
Carlos Gonzalez, Star Tribune
Mukhtar Ibrahim, Sahan Journal, 
Mahmood Khan, Risdall
Troy Longie, Longie LLC
Justin McCray, FOX 9
Frederick Melo, Pioneer Press    
Maria Reeve, Star Tribune (now with Houston Chronicle)
Heidi Wigdahl, KARE-11
Nancy Yang, MPR News