August 17, 2023

WCU's iCamp Summer Media Academy REcognized with “Lindy” AwardiCamp award

West Chester University’s iCamp Summer Academy – a free media academy held at West Chester University for one week each summer – received recent recognition from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development (PHENND). The recognition comes in the form of a “Lindy” award.

The Lindy Award is part of the PHENND’s K-16 Partnerships Program and seeks to honor collaborative partnerships between at least one K-12 school and one university. It is awarded along with cash prizes totaling $2,500. On June 1, 2023, Program Director and WCU professor Laquanna Cooke attended the Lindy Awards ceremony.

Launched in 2017, the iCamp Academy invites rising high school juniors and seniors from the Philadelphia School District to stay on West Chester U.’s campus for one week each summer and participate in structured media production lessons, hands-on workshops, and collaborative open lab time with West Chester University faculty. The 2023 iCamp Academy took place from June 25 – July 1, 2023.

Cooke says, “It is quite an honor to be recognized with this award. At iCamp, we teach our students about media projects that can benefit society, and we are passionate about working with them to effect social change. Our goal is to develop college-level social, academic, and technical literacies that can help our students achieve success in college and beyond.”

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