The mission of the CAICC Community Outreach and Media Committee (COMC) is to create and support information sharing within and outside the CAICC community to expand the media communication and coverage of Chicago American Indian community issues and concerns.
This committee is dedicated to increasing community visibility and media coverage through public media outlet press contacts and Native focused media programming, with a focus on including youth and elders and eliminating stereotypes.
- Participated in expanded communication between all education programs and services through the increased writing of articles, flyers, social media announcements and other communication. This included encouraging the submission of events to the monthly calendar of community events published by Title VII and the development and updating of a Facebook group page by AIAI and the contribution of information and design ideas for the CAICC website. The CAICC Facebook group page has 350 members.
- Developed a six-minute funders briefing video to highlight American Indian history and current needs in Chicago, titled: Chicago Has Always Been Indian Country, seen by over 1,200 people on Vimeo.
- Participated in new oral history program in collaboration with the Northwestern University, Journalism
- Department, which will increase articles and videos to YouTube and the web presence of American Indians in Chicago.
- Highlighted local talent, such as artists, musicians, actors, and youth on Facebook and other social media on a weekly basis.
- Secured new media contact resources from Northwestern University faculty member.
- American Indian Association of Illinois
- DCFS/Indian Child Welfare Advocacy Program
- Native American House, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
- Northwestern University, Journalism Department
- Voices From the Circle