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). The current collaboration team includes Itziri Gonzalez-Barcenas ’19, Teagan Monaco ’19, and Maurice Norman ’20.

Current Collaborators

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.

My name is Itziri Gonzalez-Barcenas. I am a senior at Davidson College. I am double majoring in Africana Studies and Political Science. I was born in Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes, Mexico, but was raised in Sanford, North Carolina. My campus involvements include being: the Student Body President, a co-founder of the Davidson College Define American chapter, a research assistant, a STRIDE mentor, a member of Warner Hall Eating House, and a Senior Admissions Fellow. I love to dance, read, craft, go to the lake, watch good movies, and eat food. Fun facts: I am the oldest of five. I am left-handed. My full legal name has over half of the letters in the alphabet.

Teagan Monaco is senior at Davidson College. She’s an English major, Communication Studies minor, born and raised in Summit, New Jersey. On campus, she’s a member of Connor Eating House, the Summit Coffee Outpost chair for the Union Board, and a 1st and 2nd-grade tutor at Ada Jenkins. Her other interests include photography, reading, movies, and trivia.



From Waxhaw, North Carolina, Maurice Norman’s interests lie in innovative community building and non-profit entrepreneurship, providing educational, scholarship, and mentorship resources for the academic and artistic development of black youth in high school. A third-year student of Davidson College (2020), as an Africana and English Studies double major, Mr. Norman utilizes poetry to engage with memory, and the formation of race and identity within the African Diaspora, and global black communities. On campus, Mr. Norman serves as a Bonner Scholar, brother of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc, and current President of the Freeword Slam Poets, while pursuing extracurricular opportunities through the continuation of his grant initiative – Project: Token.


Isabel Ballester graduated from Davidson College in 2018 with a Gender and Sexuality Studies major and 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 was a member of the Student Initiative for Academic Diversity and enjoyed working on campus-wide equity projects. She reps both the Dominican Republic and Philadelphia, PA as her homes.


Jacob Hege, originally from Durham, NC, graduated from Davidson College in 2018 with a double major in Communication Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies. On campus, he worked for the office of Alumni and Family Engagement and was a member of the executive board for 1972 as well as the Rape Awareness Committee.



Collaborators, Spring 2018