Avery Viehmann is a faculty member at Highline College, where they teach pre-college English and direct the Writing Center. Highline’s student body is incredibly diverse, with approximately 75% students of color and a large number of immigrant and refugee students. Students in their classes represent a wide range of abilities and fluency, both in terms of language and technological skills. One of Avery's biggest challenges has been to prepare their students for work and study in a digital world and to meet the college’s mission of digital and visual literacy when students also need a great deal of support with basic language and technology skills. Avery has degrees in creative writing, composition and rhetoric, and cultural studies, which have given them their most important professional missions: cultural competence, educational equity, and social justice. As a queer person of color with multiple disabilities, they have found their voice through education, and they hope to help their students do the same.
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