Virginia Jardim is an Associate Professor in Writing & Literature and Diversity Studies. As the CCA Coordinator of Learning Resources, she has advocated for academically challenged American and international students as well as those with disabilities. Her research documents the inner landscape of thought and feeling provoked by experience in the world, especially intercultural exchange and travel. Pedagogically, she is interested in language acquisition, language expression and the effects of visual imagery on memory and emotion. In the classroom, she focuses on the use of language and image to share ideas, feelings and opinions to describe, discuss and critique art, literature and current events. As a community artist, she brings disparate groups together to work on collaborative art pieces. Her work to mentor youth through the arts promotes creative relationships across race, age and class barriers.