Hi there! My name is Ayantu, and I am an American who recently graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor Honours degree in International Studies (with a focus in Law and Human Rights) and Political Science. My honours thesis explored the settler colonial experience of the Northern Paiute Native American Native in central Oregon. I'm very passionate about writing and research, and would love to help you with yours! Whether you have an essay assignment that you don't know how to approach, you have an essay written that needs editing, or you're looking for help writing applications to jobs or universities, I am here to help.
Over the past five years, I have spent countless hours working as a volunteer with multiple service and mentorship organizations dedicated to working with and educating high school aged students, such as the Oregon Young Scholars Program, PeaceJam International, and Alternative Breaks. Through this period I have dedicated myself to educating young people about issues of inequality by facilitating conversations centered on understanding oppression and privilege. As an example, in my work as an advisor through the Oregon Young Scholar’s Program (OYSP), a college-preparatory program for low-income students-of-color, I worked as an academic advisor and tutor to a cohort of 40 students each summer for an intensive one-week academic camp, and bi-weekly throughout the remainder of the school year. I tutored students on writing and study skills, and provided academic support for my students on subjects that ranged from English to Molecular Biology to Algebra. I helped my students envisage themselves as college graduates by listening to their experiences, validating their struggles, and providing historical and social context as motivation to continue working in an academic system that at times can feel as if it is weighted against them. In this way, my approach to students is not hierarchical, but rather is relationship-centric. Through conversation and support, I work to inspire young people to pursue education because they see it as an extension of their lived experiences.
// EDUCATION //
Bachelor Honours - International Studies (Law and Human Rights), Political Science, Chinese
University of Oregon Clark Honours College
Magna Cum Laude, 3.94 GPA
// EXPERIENCE //
Mentor and Teaching Assistant- Oregon Young Scholars Program (July 2015 - July 2017)
Intern for Community Engagement - University of Oregon Holden Center for Leadership and Community Engagement (December 2014 - June 2017)
Planning Committee Member - PeaceJam Northwest (April 2015 - June 2017)
Student Assistant - University of Oregon Knight Library (September 2012 - June 2017)
// WRITING AWARDS //
Passed with Honours - Clark Honours College Thesis: "The Other in their Own Land:
Orientalism, Genocide, and the Northern Paiute of the Oregon Great Basin" (June 2017)
UO Libraries Undergraduate Research Award: "Assimilation and Activism: An Analysis of Native Boarding School Curriculum and Native Student Activism in the 20th Century " (June 2015)
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Award Winner: "Assimilation and Activism: An Analysis of Native Boarding School Curriculum and Native Student Activism in the 20th Century " (June 2015)
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