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Hi Isaac Jumba I am delighted that the submission is clear. The Improve Phase was very useful to me. I benefited tremendously from all the feedback, meetings and activities I undertook during the last few weeks.

Yes, we do have a current group of learners taking the program now. The students are part of our pilot. They are pictured in some of the material that I posted in the Challenge and their feedback is also uploaded and reflected in some of my answers and descriptions. I am using their feedback to iterate and improve the curriculum on a regular basis. I am thrilled to have them in the pilot and we are learning a lot from each other.

As to Slate, it looks like the program has many of the technological functions that I am looking to have in a program. I created an account and started to play around with it. I also watched some videos and have done some research on it. One of the students in the pilot uses Slate in her job and recommends it as a good solution to our current technology and communications issues. Based on what I learned, I approached my educational technology colleagues on my university campus to figure out whether Slate is a tool that we can use and assign to our students. It has to be cleared by our educational technology team before I can start to use it officially in my course. Once it is cleared, I will begin to use it and collect feedback from the students in the pilot.

Please let me know if you have any other questions.

My best,

Thank you for reaching out to me, Sarah Story 

Our ideas have a lot in common and I suspect that there are ways we can collaborate to extend the reach of our resources. I sent you an email with a few proposed times to connect. If those times do not work for you, let me know and we can keep trying to find a time for our conversation, which I hope to lead into a fruitful collaboration for both of us.

Another improvement that I plan to make comes from the feedback from my mentor Kinda Al Massalmeh . Kinda suggested that I aim to build a sustainable networked community of immigrant advocates including current & prospective students, graduates, community partners, mentors, clients & employers. The network should extend beyond graduation and be a source for assistance and support on the job. Given her expertise in mental health, she also suggested that the post-graduation support include mental health support. Mental Health of service workers, like immigrant advocates, is so important to prevent advocate burn out and keep them in their jobs.

I plan to use this feedback to improve the idea. Now, I am thinking about the user journey as extending into the post-graduation space. I plan to use Slack (a tool recommended by my expert Nate Wong ) to build a networked community to support continuing education and mental health. My aim is to foster a robust, inclusive online community that extends beyond the classroom in time and space. It will include community partners, experts, students, graduates, mentors and sources of support for continuing education, mentoring and mental health support.
Thanks for the ideas, Kinda Al Massalmeh and Nate Wong