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Pam Steager

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Pam Steager

Director, Community Engagement

Pam Steager is the Director of Community Engagement for COURAGEOUS RI, a Media Education Lab initiative that brings people together for interactive information and conversation to counter disinformation, enhance civic participation, and improve media literacy for students, educators, and the general public. Pam’s forty-year career in the prevention, education, and human service fields included directing substance abuse and violence prevention programs in school systems, communities, and prisons, which led to her interest in media literacy. After completing the Media Literacy Felton Scholars program with Dr. Renee Hobbs in 1999, she directed the Media SmART! Project in the Providence Public Schools, a federally-funded initiative, which brought media literacy and media production education to educators, parents and students. She creates curriculum and presents workshops and keynote addresses at conferences and institutes, and has trained more than 5,000 educators, librarians and journalists nationally and internationally. Also a media creator. Pam authored a newspaper column for 15 years, produced videos and community access television, performed as an actress, storyteller, and stand-up comedian, and contributes to blogs and podcasts. With co-authors Renee Hobbs and Liz Deslauriers, she wrote The Library Screen Scene, a book on film and media programs in school and public libraries, published by Oxford University Press in 2019.