Indiana College of Pennsylvania style research main Jordan Brown (senior) will be leaving IUP in December with a bachelor’s diploma, however her dedication and initiative will influence IUP college students for a few years to come back.
Brown, of Pittsburgh, organized taking 22 IUP style research mains to work as volunteers for the autumn 2022 Pittsburgh Style Week occasion on Sept. 21, held in downtown Pittsburgh.
As a results of the “professionalism and enthusiasm” of the IUP college students, as famous by the Pittsburgh Style Week organizers, Brown then secured a possibility for college kids to proceed to work for Pittsburgh Style Week present and different occasions sooner or later.
Pittsburgh Style Week is a company dedicating to rising the Pittsburgh style neighborhood by style reveals and different neighborhood occasions. It’s supported by the Downtown Neighbors Alliance,
Brown transferred to IUP from the Neighborhood School of Allegheny County (CCAC) in 2020. She had in depth expertise as a mannequin for Allegheny County shops, style designers and modeled and labored in advertising and marketing for Pittsburgh’s Style Week from 2015 to 2019, and in addition labored for six years in luxurious gross sales in shops in Pittsburgh. She started modeling after profitable a modeling competitors in Pittsburgh at age 16.
Whereas at CCAC, she additionally bought expertise in advertising and marketing internships, together with at University of Pittsburgh Medical Middle (UPMC) and at WAMO radio.
“I assumed I wished to enter advertising and marketing, however I simply couldn’t do a cubical company life,” Brown stated. “I modified my main a number of instances at CCAC – I cherished style and modeling, and I cherished advertising and marketing, however I didn’t notice that I may mix the 2.
“I wasn’t certain what I’d do subsequent, after which I bumped into my highschool literature instructor, who inspired me to comply with my passions. I went again to CCAC and completed 12 extra credit, realized concerning the IUP Style Merchandising program, utilized, and bought accepted,” she stated.
She introduced up the thought for IUP college students to take part as volunteers for Pittsburgh Style Week in the course of the spring 2022 semester with IUP fashion majors.
After figuring out pupil curiosity, Brown used her contacts with the Style Week directors to safe the chance for IUP college students, promising that her friends have been gifted and motivated. As quickly as college students returned for the autumn semester, Brown labored to develop the roster of scholars who wished to reap the benefits of the expertise.
“All the college students had the possibility to resolve what they wished to do – they may work in present manufacturing, hair and make-up, or help one of many designers,” she stated. “4 of the scholars really bought an opportunity to mannequin on stage to fill in for fashions who dropped out on the final minute.
“This yr’s occasion was the primary present because the pandemic, so it was excellent timing throughout – the scholars had an opportunity to actually take part within the occasion and to community and make connections with the present organizers and the designers,” she stated. “One of many college students who participated has already been contacted by one of many designers with the provide of an internship,” Brown stated.
“As a freshman at CCAC, I talked to employers, and everybody stated that they wished to rent college students who had expertise,” she stated. “Actual-life expertise actually provides worth to your diploma,” she stated.
After the success of the day, Brown contacted the Pittsburgh Style Week director to ask if the 2022 expertise may flip into an ongoing alternative, and obtained a written proposal from the director, inviting IUP college students for the 2023 yr and past, noting that “the scholars showcased professionalism and enthusiasm for style, and have been an necessary part of the success of our present.”
Brown hopes that IUP can develop the Pittsburgh Style Week alternative for college kids from majors exterior of Style Merchandising. “They’re additionally on the lookout for college students who wish to work in images, video, and social media for the occasion,” she stated.
Brown, who’s an energetic member of the IUP neighborhood, together with serving as a mentor for the IUP Crimson Students program, talked informally with IUP Vice President Dr. Thomas Segar concerning the alternative – “and he was fully on board,” she stated.
“Dr. Segar was completely supportive and funded the coach bus for us to get to and from Pittsburgh,” she stated. Brown was additionally requested by IUP Chief Range and Inclusion Officer and Title IX coordinator Elise Glenn to current her undertaking to Dr. Denise Pearson, vice chancellor and chief range, fairness, and inclusion officer on the Pennsylvania State System of Greater Training throughout Dr. Pearson’s current go to to IUP.
“I actually felt it was necessary for college kids to get this expertise,” Brown stated. “You have to attempt issues to see in the event that they fit your needs – does the eagerness and drive for that work click on in for you.
“Gaining expertise early means that you can create a greater stability in your lecturers, too,” she stated. “It’s an awesome complement to what you’re studying within the classroom, provides to your diploma, and reveals workers that you’re a well-rounded individual,” she stated.
Whereas Brown has had years of expertise within the style world, the work of coordinating and main the group supplied her new challenges.
“Being on this management place made me somewhat extra susceptible, organizing a big group of individuals, with lots of unpredictable as a part of the day. I simply needed to enable it to circulate. The scholars have been wonderful – they completely stepped up and did a superb job, and so they bought lots of optimistic consideration and recognition, which helped them to really feel extra assured, whereas going through their fears of the unknown. Doing one thing like this allowed me to face my fears about organizing a big group of individuals,” she stated.
After commencement, Brown want to give attention to the gross sales and enterprise facet of the style business, maybe as a consumer advisor or coordinator. She may also be specializing in her personal style enterprise, Mozell Fashions, and plans to work with the Middle for Ladies’s Entrepreneurship in Pittsburgh as she continues to construct her personal enterprise. She additionally plans to proceed to remain concerned with the Pittsburgh Style Week program – which now contains Maggie Prutznal, a 2021 IUP graduate, who’s the style coordinator for the Downtown Neighbors Alliance.
“I’ve had nice professors at IUP who’ve actually helped me to construct my expertise for the style business,” Brown stated. “As I’ve gotten extra expertise, I notice that modeling and the enterprise facet go hand in hand.”