On Monday, Florida State University, Georgia Tech and Tennessee State University announced that they will work together to use the power of social media to spread their messages of empathy, hope and inspiration.
The three institutions said they are calling on students and faculty to use Facebook, Twitter and other platforms to spread awareness of the impact their actions are having on students, families and communities.
“We are going to be using this platform as a platform for students and alumni to show up and share their love and their hope, their passion and their compassion, so we can inspire and support each other and support the entire university,” Georgia Tech Chancellor Mark Burns said in a press release.
The university also said it will start providing financial assistance to students who want to use their social media accounts to share their message of support.
“Our students will be able to choose from a variety of different resources and opportunities to share the messages of compassion and empathy that they have been experiencing,” Georgia State President David P. Matthews said in the release.
“It will also give us the opportunity to work together on how we can use our collective power to impact the lives of others.”
Georgia Tech, a historically black university in Atlanta, announced last week that it is expanding the “Meme Economy” to support the work of the college’s students.
The university has partnered with the Center for Creative Technology and the Georgia Institute of Technology to bring in students, faculty and staff to use its online platforms to share ideas, share experiences and spread messages of love and understanding.
“Meme economy” refers to the phenomenon of social networks becoming increasingly popular, and the companies that use these platforms to build online communities.
In an interview with CNNMoney, University of Memphis professor Michael W. Davis said that the university’s efforts are part of a larger trend.
“The meme economy is a really big thing and I think we are seeing it all across our country, particularly in schools, in colleges and colleges and college campuses,” Davis said.
He added that this trend is being driven by a new generation of students who are taking the online experience for granted.
“For some students, the internet is the best place they’ve ever been to meet and connect,” Davis added.
“I think we’re going to see a huge shift in our schools in the next couple of years and I don’t think this is just going to happen in the US.
We are going see a whole lot more of it in Asia and Africa.”Read More: