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Maryam Ahmed ’23
Enacting Linguistic Justice: How Writing Centers Can Better Support Multilingual Students

As a multilingual child of immigrants and a Writing Center tutor, I have witnessed firsthand how academia overlooks countless multilingual students that have accents, speak in “broken English,” and/or make grammatical and verbal or written pronunciation errors. While in recent years academia has been making progress towards a more equitable model for linguistic justice, the field of writing center theory and practice has been making strides in this area. For my research, I sought the ways in which Writing Center tutors at Goucher College transferred the knowledge they received in training about tutoring multilingual students to their sessions and what areas they might need more support in and why.

Faculty Sponsor: Lana Oweidat

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Esther Gordon ’21 & Sarah Foucher ’21
ColLAB Collage

Our vision for ColLAB Collage is to build and sustain a community for creative minds. Due to COVID, this is taking place online however this has given us the opportunity to expand our community beyond the Goucher limits. Through art and vulnerability, we are developing an informal space for creatives of different disciplines can collaborate on different projects, discussions, and modes of inspiration. We are attempting to address what creatives need in the midst of a pandemic. 

Our vision for ColLAB Collage is to try to answer these questions:

  • What do creatives need in the midst of a pandemic?
  • What does a community look like online?
  • How do we continue to find inspiration in this time?
  • How do we inspire and up lift each other?
  • How do we see each other?
  • What does debunking the artistic connotation associated with the word “creative” look like?
  • What is the importance of creativity in our present lives?
  • How does being creative help us navigate our world personally, socially, economically, and politically?

Faculty Sponsor: Ann Duncan


Peyton Barranco ’21
Sexy, Sterile, Sacrificed: Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

The character Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), better known as her superhero alias Black Widow, has held a prominent role within the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Despite her importance throughout the MCU, her role within these films typically adhere to common sexist tropes and female character functions within Hollywood films. Specifically, the character’s sexualization and her relationship to the monstrous feminine are worthy of feminist critique. As the MCU is a global, multi-billion-dollar franchise, these films have a significant cultural impact and warrant analysis and critique of how women are represented in these films.

Faculty Sponsor: Darcey Morris

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