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Sydney Jones-Wright

Associate Director of Executive Communications
Vanderbilt University

Sydney Jones-Wright is a dedicated higher education communications, digital marketing, and social media professional with over six years of experience. Throughout her career, Sydney has held various roles, including Social Media Specialist, Associate Director of Social Media and Communications, Director of Digital Media Services at Jacksonville State University, and is currently the Associate Director of Communications at Vanderbilt University.

At Vanderbilt, Sydney is critical in managing all strategic communication efforts for the Chancellor and the Provost. As the Associate Director of Executive Communications, Sydney oversees internal and external communications on behalf of the Provost and manages official social media platforms. She is also instrumental in coordinating communications between the six academic deans, working closely with on-campus partners to ensure all messaging aligns with the Vanderbilt vision.

Sydney Jones-Wright’s Session

9:45 a.m.–10:30 a.m. PDT — Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Panel: Dealing with Negative Comments & Trolls on Social Media

This panel will discuss:

  • Examples of crisis situations that elicited negative attention on social, and how universities responded
  • How and when to resume normal posting after huge influxes of negative comments online
  • How to take a stand against hateful speech on social media channels while respecting the First Amendment
  • Handling the mental impacts of negativity online
  • How negative comments can create opportunities to connect 
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