Beautiful Social is excited to announce our ninth Foley Fellow: Caroline DeFelice. Foley Fellows are named for John Cardinal Foley, who served as Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem from 2007 to 2011 and held the position of Vatican correspondent for the Philadelphia’s archdiocesan newspaper.
Foley Fellows are exemplary students who function in ways similar to teaching assistants: they act as liaisons between the clients and the student teams and help the teams succeed in their projects. Fellows also lead class discussions, plan and take part in Beautiful Social activities, and work with the Director to ensure the program is living up to it’s mission and values. We asked Caroline to introduce herself. Here's what she has to say.
Hi! My name is Caroline DeFelice and I’m from Red Bank, New Jersey. I’m a Communications major and Art History minor here at SJU. On campus, I'm involved in Weekly Service. I volunteer at a local after school art program where I teach art lessons to kids from the surrounding Philadelphia area. Outside of the university, I am an artist, graphic designer, photographer, and yoga instructor. Some of my favorite projects that I have worked on are designing a yoga mat for the company Live Sankalpa, painting a mural in a surf shop in NJ, and photographing the 2017 Philadelphia Farm & Food Fest.
I heard about Beautiful Social during my sophomore year at Saint Joe’s, and was immediately drawn to the idea of utilizing social media to work for social justice. During the Spring of 2017, I enrolled in the course and fell in love with the process of learning and growing alongside my fellow student consultants---while ultimately working to communicate the unique vision of our amazing client.
Images are powerful, and we consume millions of them almost every day. As our society becomes increasingly globalized through the Internet and social media, I believe that images continue to be one of our greatest forms of communication. As a Foley Fellow, I'm excited to have the opportunity to synthesize my passions for art, image-making, and civic engagement to forward the visions of nonprofits and community-based organizations.