Student Heroes: Graphic Design Students Shed Light on Mental Health During COVID-19

Like many other students, this spring semester began with many unforeseen adjustments. Professor Kenn Compton tasked his Design 4 students to take on a capstone project with one mission: to have a positive impact on changing the world. A dedicated class of 8 advertising and graphic design students began researching and landed on mental health as an area of opportunity to make this positive impact.

The original project objective was to develop mental health break rooms on campus to provide relief for students who found themselves overwhelmed during the day. These mental break rooms would incorporate useful resources designed by the class, including coping techniques corresponding with different illnesses to assist students in need. As Central Piedmont shifted to a new learn-at-home environment, the project scope also required a shift.

Team Project Manager, Georgina Burton shared “We need to be here to encourage people to keep fighting and to get stronger, because they will get stronger.”  Despite the unexpected and ambiguous circumstances brought on by COVID-19, Georgina and her classmates were not deterred from providing a solution to such a vitally important issue – arguably even more important in light of current circumstances.

The class decided to create the same mental health safe spaces online and launched a creative digital campaign on Instagram called Innerpeas2020. Sylvia Bowie, counselor on Harper campus, assisted with providing reliable statistics and resources to help shape their content, and the team leveraged their design skills to create the mental health campaign, which launched on April 8. They have now embarked on a 30-day campaign providing useful resources to students, staff, and the entire Central Piedmont community.

Navigating life with mental illness can be overwhelming, but having a supportive community and helpful resources makes the journey easier. Everyday, Innerpeas2020 shares a helpful graphic covering coping skills and resources, and releases practical and engaging tips every Tuesday and Friday. Check out innerpeas2020 on Instagram for encouraging messages and practical tips to cope with mental illness during these challenging times.

Kudos to these Central Piedmont student heroes for making a positive difference:

  • Cristina Isshika
  • Georgina Burton
  • Antoinette Bright
  • Nicholas Graber
  • Alyssa Melendez
  • Ashley Rice
  • Brittany Scott
  • Adam Harper

CPCC Launches Instagram Account

CPCC has added an Instagram account – @cpccsocial – to its host of social media channels. Instagram
Instagram is a popular social media service that allows users to take photos and videos with a mobile phone, apply a filter to transform the image, and then share with others.
The free app is available for both iPhone and Android. Administered by the college’s Community Relations and Marketing Services Department, the college’s Instagram account will feature a wide-array of CPCC-related pictures and videos, ranging from campus beauty shots to videos of student events and activities.
Start following @CPCC today at and be sure to use #cpcc to ensure your photos are shared with the college’s followers on our new site!

Interested in submitting a photo or don’t have an Instagram account? Email your images to for inclusion.

CPCC Barnes and Nobles Bookstores – National Student Day Oct. 3

National Student Day

National Student Day is a day to celebrate students and all of their efforts regarding social responsibility. Students are empowered and are creating change in their communities and on campus through volunteerism and even through random acts of kindness. To celebrate National Student Day on October 3, we will be kicking off a social media sweepstakes in partnership with Habitat for Humanity International.

Students are asked to submit photos via Instagram, Facebook and Twitter which capture social responsibility. Images can be of student’s volunteer activities, student group efforts and more. For each photo that is submitted with the hashtag (#studentsdoinggood) Barnes and Noble College Booksellers will donate $1 to Habitat for Humanity (up to $25,000).

On National Student Day, Oct. 3, Barnes and Noble College Booksellers will announce one winner to receive a B&N gift card.  However, the photos will continue to flow in throughout the year until we reach the $25,000 donation goal! Additionally, on National Student Day, we will be offering a Flash Sale for Students – $10 off regularly priced sweatpants and hoodies – to celebrate.  Make sure you stop in to the Central, Levine, or Cato Campus bookstore on Oct. 3!