Fall 2019 – Spring 2020 Interns
|Jennifer Anderson||Shaina Crump||Cailin Dendas|
|Roland Dumavor||Angelia Martinez||Jamie Moss|
|Emily Sinkular||Joseph Ryan||Yibei Zhang|
Jenni is a second year masters student at CSU pursuing a degree in Writing, Rhetoric, and Social Change. She loves the ways writing, reading, and language can expand and alter our perceptions and ways of understanding and being in the world and with each other. The foggy, cold Pacific Ocean is the place she knows to be home, but she also loves hiking in the Ponderosa pines, swimming in the eddies up the Pouder River Canyon, and the afternoon thunderstorms here in Fort Collins during summer.
Shaina recently moved to Colorado from North Carolina, where she studied English-Creative Writing with a minor in Commercial Photography at Appalachian State University. Post-graduation, she worked as an Editorial Assistant for an independent publisher but decided the office life wasn’t for her and turned to freelance work instead. When she isn’t making coffee at Mugs or nannying, you can find her hiking, rollerskating, reading, writing poetry, or drinking tea on her porch. She has a newfound appreciation for adult education, which she’d like to pursue as a career one day, and is thankful for the opportunity to explore the field through SpeakOut! and independent tutoring at the county jail.
Cailin in a senior at CSU majoring in Writing, Rhetoric, and Literacy and minoring in Global Environmental Sustainability. She is passionate about writing and the ways in which it can provide a higher understanding of oneself and the world around us. As an intern for the CLC, Cailin is looking forward to guiding this higher understanding of self among the SpeakOut! community. Outside of school and her work with the CLC, she enjoys doing yoga, writing poetry, skiing, and hiking at Horsetooth with her foxhound. Disconnecting from the stresses of everyday life and fully immersing herself in nature is where Cailin finds the inspiration for all of her writing. She hopes to carry this inspiration and energy into all of her workshops and work with the CLC.
Roland is an international student from Ghana, and he is in the Writing, Rhetoric, and Social Change graduate program. He is drawn to writing as it is used as a tool to promote social change, especially in empowering the underserved, incarcerated and underprivileged population in the world. Roland is interested in extending the mission and vision of CLC to African settings. Being a member of this year CLC interns excites him very much. In addition, Roland is a second year GTA in the English Department. Besides reading and writing which are his default hobbies, he cools off a hectic day by listening to pure country music, gospel music and/or reggae music.
Angelia completed her undergrad in English (with a concentration in Education) at Colorado State University. She began her Master of Arts in English (with an area of emphasis in Education), this Fall of 2019. Angelia is very passionate about social justice and social change. She is interested in– and well-aware of, the topics surrounding racial inequality and how this affects both our incarceration rates and prison populations/demographics. Being an educator in our current society is no easy feat. She is dedicated to raising cultural awareness in the classroom, establishing equity and focusing on inclusion and diversity. Angelia plans to do this through culturally diverse vehicles of literature and composition. Working with underprivileged students is her ultimate aspiration and dream job.
Jamie is a senior studying English with a concentration in Creative Writing and a minor in History. Her passion for writing came first from her love of books growing up and later from her love of television and film as a teenager and young adult. She has no idea what she might be up to career-wise a year or even five years from now (much to her advisor’s dismay), but whether she is working on getting published, on getting a script on screen, or on finding any number of miscellaneous writing-related projects to live off of, she will always feel successful as long as her motivations stay grounded in helping and connecting people through her writing. As an intern with the CLC, she is most looking forward to the opportunity to work with underserved kids in local youth centers and promote writing as a healthy outlet for self-expression and personal growth.
Emily is entering here senior year at CSU as an undergraduate student in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources. She hopes to work for the National Parks Service or Department of Interior after graduating (and potentially getting a Masters!). This is also Emily’s fourth year working with the Community Literacy Center. As a freshman, she was drawn to the program as a chance to give back to the community. Spending four years of college working with CLC has given her opportunity to meet dozens of fascinating and strong writers who continue to inspire her long after sessions end. Outside of school, she enjoys long hikes, adventures and good coffee.
Joseph is a 3rd year student at CSU Fort Collins, a Community Literacy Center Intern and a consultant at the Writing Center. He’s from Denver Colorado, but is slowly learning to call Fort Collins his home. His favorite thing in the world to write is poetry, but he says messing around with other forms is always fun. This year he’ll be helping to run the SpeakOut! Writing Workshops at the Men’s Community Corrections. He hope they can all learn a lot from one another.
Yibei is a senior studying English with a concentration in Creative Writing. After volunteering with SpeakOut! for two years, this will be her first year working with SpeakOut! as an intern. She doesn’t have a specific future job in mind yet, but she hopes to incorporate her language skills in both English and Chinese. In her spare time, she loves to run on the trails, trying new recipes with her boyfriend, and people-watching with a pair of silenced ear-buds.