Justine Hastings, from Brooklyn, New York, is excited to be joining the Writopia Lab team as a filmmaking intern. She is currently pursuing a dual major BA between English Education in the School of Education and English and Textual Studies from the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University. Earning Dean’s List honors every semester, Hastings has earned recognition for her academic achievement and leadership. In addition to her academic achievements, Hastings has applied her studies and skills to rigorous internships and job experiences. She has tutored English Literature and Composition in several Syracuse, NY high schools. She is an InclusiveU Residential Mentor. InclusiveU is a program at Syracuse University that brings students of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities who want to experience college life in a fully inclusive setting. She has helped her mentee set goals and work toward achieving them. She serves as a positive social and academic role-model by supporting her mentee with her involvement on campus. She is a Peer Facilitator of the Syracuse Reads program. In this program, she engages first-year and transfer students in discussions of bestselling books and on the significance of diversity and community. She has served as a Mentor at DCTV’s Summer Media Fellowship. There, she has taught collaborative filmmaking and media arts, media literacy, video production and editing, and storytelling through digital video production. In addition, Hastings is a member of the WellsLink Leadership Program at Syracuse University. Overall, helping to make connections and serving others is something Hastings is passionate about.