Stommel and Champion Produce Georgia Tech It Gets Better Video


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The Georgia Tech Pride Alliance and the Writing and Communication Program have joined the community, corporate, and collegiate movement across the country by co-producing a Georgia Tech It Gets Better video. It Gets Better is a national movement to reduce bullying and suicides among LGBTQ youth. The video was produced and directed by Jesse Stommel, Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow and Julie Champion, Student and President of Georgia Tech Pride Alliance, with a musical score by Matt Morris.

Stommel and Champion were inspired to work on this project after seeing the wonderful video produced recently at NC State. Like the NC State video, the Georgia Tech It Gets Better video features personal interviews in recognizable campus locations with nearly 50 students, faculty, staff, administration, and alumni of varying sexualities and backgrounds. The video offers a broad picture of LGBT life at GA Tech, highlighting the many challenges, as well as the rapidly growing inclusivity on campus. Over 200 people attended the premiere event at the Student Center Ballroom on October 10. Now, we are trying to build an audience for the video online. This doesn’t happen by magic. Please share the link ( widely and help us generate a discussion about the issues raised in the video by posting your thoughts in the comments for the video on YouTube.

The It Gets Better Project is a national campaign started in September 2010 by syndicated columnist and author Dan Savage. The movement has inspired the creation of more than 25,000 videos, which have been viewed more than 40 million times. The It Gets Better Project is closely partnered with the Trevor Project, which is determined to end suicide among LGBTQ youth by providing life-saving and life-affirming resources including a nationwide, 24/7 crisis intervention lifeline, digital community and advocacy/educational programs.

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Read the Technique article about the premiere screening of the video.

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Diane Jakacki

About Diane Jakacki

Diane Jakacki received her PhD from the University of Waterloo, where she specialized in early modern printed drama, and participated in federally-funded digital humanities research projects. She has published two articles on applying social semiotic methods to early modern theatre history, an edition of Wit and Science, and co-authored an essay on developing digital image annotation tools. She is a software consultant to imageMAT and the Records of Early English Drama. At Georgia Tech she applies digital humanities methods to pedagogical solutions. Jakacki is currently developing researching the Elizabethan clown Richard Tarlton and his touring relationship with the Queen’s Men troupe.
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