About the NRMLC Team

Carolyn headshotCarolyn Fortuna, Ph.D., is the NRMLC program chair. She’s on the faculty at Rhode Island College. Her areas of interest are secondary English education, ecojustice, sports media analysis, and feminist theory. Carolyn is associated with the Media Education Lab, NCTE, ILA, NEPCA, and NELMS. You can follow her professional development facilitation at IDigItMedia.

Executive Board for the Northeast Regional Media Literacy Conference

Belinha headshotBelinha De Abreu, Ph.D. is affiliated with UNESCO and Sacred Heart University. Her areas of interest are media literacy education K-12, information literacy, digital literacy, and privacy & digital fluency. Belinha is associated with NAMLE, NTC, ISTE, ACME, ALA, AASL, and IAMCR.

LLiz headshotiz Deslauriers is a writer and consultant. Her areas of interest include media literacy, children’s media, copywriting, and film and digital media production. She is affiliated with the Media Education Lab at URI and the Providence Children’s Film Festival.

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Peter Phipps is a  journalism instructor at URI, a media consultant, and a retired Providence Journal editor. His areas of interest are the digital revolution, media law, and the history of American journalism. He is affiliated with the Media Education Lab.


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Bill Yousman, Ph.D. is on the faculty at Sacred Heart University. His areas of interest are media and ideology, media and democracy, race and representation, and critical cultural studies. Bill is on the ACME board.

Morgan Jaffee is our social media communicator. You can listen to her media literacy podcasts at Burst Your Bubble.