Project Collaborators

The Davidson Microaggressions Project was initiated in 2017 by Dr. Amanda R. Martinez in collaboration with Isabel Ballester ’18, Itziri Gonzalez-Barcenas ’19, and Jacob Hege ’18 (see co-founders here). The current collaboration team includes Itziri Gonzalez-Barcenas, Teagan Monaco, and Maurice Norman.

Dr. Amanda R. Martinez is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Sociology at Davidson College. She is the Chair of the Department of Communication Studies, affiliate faculty in Gender & Sexuality Studies, co-chair of the Faculty of Color affinity group, and former member of the Diversity Committee. Her research interests intersect mass media and health communication contexts with particular focus on stereotypes, race, ethnicity, gender, and culture. She is former Chair of the Latina/o Communication Studies Division & La Raza Caucus of the National Communication Association. See for details about teaching, research, and service work. Dr. M is a North Carolina transplant from New Mexico & Texas and has lived in Davidson and now Charlotte for 6+ years.


Isabel Ballester is a senior Gender and Sexuality Studies major with a minor in Hispanic Studies. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and spends most of her time hustling for travel funds. She is a member of the Student Initiative for Academic Diversity and enjoys working on campus-wide equity projects. She reps both the Dominican Republic and Philadelphia, PA as her homes.


Itziri Gonzalez-Barcenas is a junior at Davidson College. She is a double major in Africana Studies and Political Science born in Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes, Mexico, but was raised in Sanford, North Carolina. Her campus involvements include being: the Student Body President, a co-founder of the Davidson College Define American chapter, a Humanities Fellow, a research assistant, a STRIDE mentor, a member of Warner Hall Eating House, a tour guide, and a SiDES volunteer. She loves to dance, read, craft, go to the lake, watch good movies, and eat food.

Jacob Hege is a senior from Durham, NC. He is a double major in Communication Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies. On campus, he works for the office of Alumni and Family Engagement and is a member of the executive board for 1972 as well as the Rape Awareness Committee.