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).

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 Caucus, 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 8+ years.

Jaelyn Taylor (@jaelynztaylor) is a member of the class of 2022 at Davidson College, and a CIS major. Though born in Miami, FL, she has moved a total of nine times but has never left the South in the United States. On campus, she is a Bonner Scholar, a Media Consultant with the Digital Learning team, hosts a school-sponsored podcast called YOURCOOLTHING, and serves as chair of the steering committee for the Undergraduate Network of Research in the Humanities (UNRH). Her academic interests center around incorporating tech and digital scholarship into today’s social issues, especially those related to race. Outside of the classroom, Jaelyn enjoys dancing, coffee conversations, and cooking.

Michi LaCorte (, class of 2022, was born in New Hope, PA, and has been living in Weaverville, NC since 2007. She is an intended philosophy major and GSS minor. Her interests and passion for social justice, specifically queer inclusion and ending gendered violence, led her to finding the DMP. Michi had the opportunity to be a guest blogger for the project last year and is excited to be working with the team now.

Juan Diaz Mercado (@juandaysmarket ), class of 2022, is from Fremont, NE, one out of two Nebraskans on campus. On campus, he is involved in the Davidson Generals, Davidson College Chorale, Questbridge, Tour Guiding, Catholic Campus Ministries and also runs the social media for the Hurt Hub! He enjoys music, playing instruments, nature and just hanging with friends! In his words: “I am so excited to be welcomed to the Davidson Microaggressions Project! Fun Fact: 1.  I can chug a water bottle in a second. 2. My junior year of high school, I was in the audience for the Ellen Show and won a dance break competition!

Julia Lau, class of 2023, is from Los Angeles, CA. Although she is currently undeclared, she intends to major in Psychology and minor in Economics. She is a Bonner and Questbridge scholar, Publicity Chair for ACAA (Asian Culture Awareness Association) and tutors middle school students at Ada Jenkins. Her other interests include photography and tennis.


Ricardo “Ricky” Pinnock, class of 2022, is an Africana and Communication Studies double major from New York City, NY. When he is not doing work for DMP, he can be found near the Black Student Coalition house and other multicultural student organizations, where he channels his passion for social justice, or working on his Spotify playlists with friends as a way to express his love of music. Other interest of his include sports, gaming, spirituality, organizing, and being there for his friends. Professionally speaking, Ricardo is interested in web programming and UI/UX design and creative advertising.


Basil Wiering, class of 2023, is a new student collaborator originally from Grand Rapids, MI. He is currently undeclared but intending to create an interdisciplinary major dealing with photography and storytelling, particularly at their crossroad of photojournalism and social documentary. In his free time, he enjoys biking, portrait photography, exploring music and drafting his own through spoken word and rap. He is passionate about the implementation and effects of education models and was drawn to the Project by its open discourse of the role identity plays in these settings.

Former Collaborators

Maurice J. Norman, from Waxhaw, NC (@mauricejnorman) graduated from Davidson College (2020) as an Africana Studies and English double major. On campus he served as a Bonner Scholar, a Brother of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., and President of the FreeWord Poetry Group. As a senior, he wrote an English honors thesis, which included a collection of poetry and series of spoken word performances. While studying abroad in Australia, Maurice founded a non-profit organization called S.I.L.E.N.C.E., dedicated to innovative community building through spoken word poetry, narrative-based projects, and fundraising. After graduation he will join the Digital Learning staff as a fellow at Davidson College while preparing for higher education eventually.

Teagan Monaco graduated from Davidson College in 2019. As a student, she was an English major and Communication Studies minor. Born and raised in Summit, New Jersey, she was 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.


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.

Itziri Gonzalez-Barcenas graduated in 2019 from Davidson College with a double major in Africana Studies and Political Science. Born in Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes, Mexico, but  raised in Sanford, North Carolina, Itziri’s on-campus involvements included: 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. Fun fact: Her full legal name has over half of the letters in the alphabet!