Makenzie is a first year M.A. student in the Department of Communication. She currently serves as a teaching assistant for COMM 1200 — Public Speaking. Makenzie’s research interests focus on identity and diversity, exploring communication between different groups and their interactions with and portrayal in media. Specifically, she is interested in studying the stereotypes of underserved groups in society perpetuated by news media, and how their portrayal leads them to being treated within society.