Anjali Pattanayak is the Assistant Direction of Student Inclusion and Involvement at Edgewood College. Prior to this time, she provided college and financial aid outreach, taught freshman composition and ran a retention program. She graduated from Knox College with a double major in Political Science and English Literature. Her MA is from Western Illinois University in English with a focus on teaching writing. She also has a post baccalaureate certificate in writing, where she focused on teaching in online environments. Throughout her career, her focus has been on meeting students where they are at and using the unique knowledge and experiences that they bring with them to grow together as a community.