OUR STORIES | Lisa Deputie: Passionate about preventing child abuse


Born and raised in Chicago, Lisa Deputie moved to Minnesota in the 1990s. She works as a parent mentor in the Child Protection Clinic at William Mitchell College of Law, and with Prevent Child Abuse-Minnesota.

Lisa said she appreciated the opportunity to learn about different cultures and communities from other members of the Media Skills Fellowship cohort.

The fall cohort of Media Skills Fellows, funded by the Bush Foundation, completed ten weeks of intensive learning on November 14, with the ripple effects already spreading out into various Twin Cities communities. The fellowship program focused on improving media skills with the specific goal of using these skills for better communication in/about/on behalf of each participant’s community. This article is one of several articles introducing the fall cohort of Media Skills Fellows and what they learned and accomplished.

She also learned a lot about writing. “I learned that writing is not as easy as I thought,” she said. “I’ve gotten some tips on the correct way of putting together an article or writing. I care because it helps with communication and the work that I do working with people and building relationships, that’s a skill that I really need, and this class has helped me to enhance that..”

Lisa plans to use her new social media skills to contribute to the work that she does in mentoring parents and with Prevent Child Abuse-Minnesota.

“With my organization,” she said, “they were trying to find out what they can do.

PCAM is statewide, but a lot of people don’t know about PCAM ouside the metro. They were trying to find social media that might help people get to know them statewide. I was telling them about the Facebook. They want to enhance their Facebook.”

Reporting for this article supported in part by Bush Foundation.