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Writing Center

Sarah Coffman ’21


History and African American Studies

Academic Interests:

African American history, the Revolutionary War, educational inequity, Thomas Jefferson, evolution of descriptions of the black experience in African American literature, the persistence and progression of black stereotypes 

Leadership and Involvement:

Presidential Scholarship, Richter Scholar (2018), Production Assistant and Editor for Inter-Text: An Undergraduate Journal for Social Sciences and Humanities, Research Assistant for Dr. Rudi Batzell (history department), Graduate School Exploration Fellowship Qualifier, Alpha Phi Omega, Dean’s List

Tutoring Philosophy:

I know at least two things about writing: 1) Writing is hard and 2) Writing is personal. Writing is so difficult because of its personal nature: We are conveying our personal thoughts and ideas in a way that makes sense to us, but our thoughts may not be obvious or apparent when someone else reads our work. My goal as a tutor is to help clients harness and engage with their authorial voices in ways that all readers can understand.