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WRITER

EDUCATION

Literature and Culture minor at Carnegie Mellon University 

Co-Chair of the Library Student Advisory Council (2023-2024)

PROJECTS

Dragon Ladies and Desi Dorks: Combatting AAPI Stereotypes in Pop Culture
FINAL CONTRIBUTION PROJECT IN ASIAN AMERICAN ACTIVISM COURSE (2023)

Created a zine containing guidelines on how to spot stereotypes and analyze underdeveloped Asian-American characters drawing from Critical Race Media Literacy tenets. It also included a glossary of Asian-American stereotypes, both from scholarly sources and surveys of AAPI students at Carnegie Mellon University. 350 copies were distributed around campus, in addition to it being featured by @jadedpgh on Instagram and displayed in Hunt Library and San Lorenzo Library. It was funded by a $100 grant from Carnegie Mellon's English Department.

"an inviting, yet uncompromising manual to responsibly consume and create work with AAPI characters"
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Booked in the Big House: Access to Literature in Correctional Facilities
INDEPENDENT RESEARCH STUDY (2019)

Answered the questions "To what extent would access to literature benefit inmates during and after imprisonment? How can activists and librarians support inmates’ rehabilitation process by establishing and maintaining prison libraries?" through a year-long research experience culminating in a 30 page paper

AWARDS

Carnegie Mellon University
     Department of English Grant for Dragon Ladies and Desi Dorks (2023)
Miami Herald
     Silver Knight Award in English and Literature (2019)
Scholastic Arts and Writing
     Regional Gold Key (2019)
     Regional American Voices Nomination (2019)
     National Gold Key (2019)
     National One Earth Award (2019)
Aysha stands in front of a large Silver Knight statue
NSU University School
     Sewanee Book Award for Excellence in Writing (2018)
     Pinnacle Award (2018)
Southeastern Writing Center Association
     Tom Waldrep Scholarship (2017)
     Christine Cozzens Research Grant (2017)
Aysha sits in front of the New York skyline with a medal around her neck
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