June 2023
Jean Hauff (left) with ICI colleague Connie Burkhart at an ICI event.

Jean Hauff (pictured at left), a communications intern at the Institute on Community Integration, this fall will begin studying mass media at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Hauff began working with the communications team last summer, and has contributed to several projects with the Institute. She interviewed participants on camera at a Transition Plus career fair, created a blog, designed graphics, and served as a co-master of ceremonies for a recent ICI staff meeting, among other projects. She is an active self-advocate with an intellectual disability who has supported several initiatives to expand higher education opportunities for people with disabilities.

“It was a rewarding experience to combine my passion for writing and design,” she said in describing the internship. “I love designing graphics for important causes, and seeing my designs come to life was incredible. I learned valuable skills that I can carry with me throughout my career.”

Hauff also contributed valuable lived experience in disability to her colleagues at ICI, said Connie Burkhart (right), a graphic designer who works closely with Hauff.

“Our work centers on the disability experience, so to work regularly alongside Jean this past year has been an important growth opportunity for us,” Burkhart said. “I’ve learned a lot from Jean.”

Hauff said she is grateful for the opportunity to be studying at Augustana.

“I want to learn more about how mass media shapes our world and impacts our lives,” she said. “It’s an exciting adventure.”