Nobody at USF will have missed the fact that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi visited San Francisco in September and met with the Burmese Community at the University of San Francisco. Of course, the limited number of tickets available to USF was not nearly enough to cover the demand among students, faculty, and staff.
Who wouldn’t want to be greeted like this? One of the photo greetings that welcomed Aung San Suu Kyi to USF on September 29.
In order to give the USF community an opportunity to welcome the Nobel laureate, we asked people to “send your greeting to Aung San Suu Kyi.” Every day for three weeks before the event, we set up the University of San Francisco media backdrop on campus (on Gleeson Plaza or in UC 1st Floor) and asked students, faculty, and staff, to have their photo taken, holding one of Suu Kyi’s quotes. We had prepared some 20 yellow signs with hand-written quotes to choose from.
One of 277 students, faculty, and staff, who posed for Kevin to have their photo taken.
All photos were posted the same day in a photo album on the USF Facebook page, and the three people posing in the photos with the most likes won tickets to attend the event. As you can expect with a campus community that is so interested in social justice and international issues, the campaign was quite popular.
By the morning Suu Kyi was on campus, we had taken 277 photos and gathered a total of 5,542 likes and 232 comments.
A smiling Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, with the monitor displaying all the photo greetings in the background.
All the photos were included in a slide show displayed on a monitor in the “green room” where Aung San Suu Kyi prepared for the event and met with special guests. In addition to spreading the news about the upcoming events, the campaign gave the USF community a possibility to greet Suu Kyi, even if the tickets were out of reach.
P.S. The full video of the event is available on the USF YouTube channel: