Student Spotlight : Trinity McFadden

Mandisa Thomas
June 11, 2024

We are featuring Trinity McFadden one of our Digital Media for Social Impact students. She is the Communications Director at HEARD where she leads the organizations communication efforts. Trinity is also acts as an archivist and documentarian for incarcerated deaf disabled community members. Learn more about Trinity’s journey in the executive program in digital media for social impact. Also, Trinity is a black indigenous deafdisabled thinking, creative, disability justice advocate and poet.

Trinity speaks about why she choose the Executive Program in Digital Media for Social Impact
I decided to enroll in Penn’s Executive Program in Digital Media for Social Impact for three primary reasons. I had the opportunity to gain skills to support my professional and personal digital organizing goals. My academic background is more connected to the criminal legal system, as opposed to communication. With that in mind, I found that the program beneficial because we can utilize the tools given to us in the various courses and directly apply it to the work are doing in real-time. I was also excited to connect with other cohort members doing meaningful work in their communities. All in all, the program’s flexible format allowed me to work full-time and complete my studies. This program is a stepping stone towards advancing my academic career and I am glad I am apart of it.

Describe your social impact work and share why you are passionate about it.

The work I am involved with is intersectional, with a focus on disability justice, racial justice, and dismantling the criminal legal system. I am grateful to work for an organization such as HEARD that focuses on these key issues that are meaningful and personal to me. As a black deaf/disabled person, my identities and experiences support the work I am most passionate and actively learning about. I’m personally diving into the world of tech justice and building towards a world without borders and surveillance. I recognize that I am relatively new to organizing but our communities need support from each other, through digital and traditional spaces. Knowing that all of our movements are interconnected deepens my commitment and drive.

Advice for future applicants
I would encourage anyone with even the slightest interest in joining the program to go ahead and do it! Due to our ever-changing technological landscape, we need more people equipped with the skills to use digital media for positive social impact in tandem with traditional organizing and movement building.

How do you envision this program impacting your career?
I can already see the positive impacts of this program within my personal and professional development. This certificate will help me continue to contribute to my work and overall social impact within my communities, in innovative ways.

Interesting to learn more about our Executive Programs? Sign up for our info sessions! Our first one will be held on July 30th at 4 pm EST.