Student Profile: Lindsey Mottus Researches Native American Language Revitalization

Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Lindsey Mottus

This week we caught up with Lindsey Mottus, a fourth-year doctoral student in the Department of Education specializing in Culture and Development. Lindsey's research interests lie within Language and Literacy. She attained her Bachelor's Degree in Art History with a minor in Education. At UCSB, Lindsey is a literacy tutor at the McEnroe Reading Clinic, working with students from Kindergarten to Grade 7. Under the advisement of Dr. Diana Arya, she is researching the processes of language revitalization amongst the North American Indigenous Groups, and how they maintain their cultural identity within today's mainstream society. (Note this 5?s format is taken from one of the School's internal communications, and is meant to help the Gevirtz community get to know itself better.)

GGSE: Who (living or dead) do you most admire?
Mottus: That would be my aunt because she has such a kind heart but she also had such a spunky attitude. She never hesitated speaking up to others. She had a perfect balance of humor, kindness, but also had a good sense of laying down boundaries when dealing with others. All of these qualities which I greatly admire.

GGSE: What is your favorite place in Santa Barbara?
Mottus: That would be Shoreline Park. Not only does it have gorgeous views of the city, mountains and beaches, but you can also see families out picnicking or playing with their dogs. It makes a great spot to sit on a blanket and get some reading done.

GGSE: When (besides now) would you like to live?
Mottus: I don’t think I would like to live in any other time other than now.

GGSE: Where (besides Santa Barbara) would you want to live if money/job were not an issue?
Mottus: I think I would live back in the UK, as I adore the country life over there as I am an avid fan of country walks through the beautiful, lush countryside and visiting old properties. But I also enjoy the hustle and culture of London life.

GGSE: Why do you do the job you do?
Mottus: I love learning because it has opened up my eyes to a new world of opportunities. Throughout my journey in higher education, I have met some pretty amazing people. But also with my own experience I want people of all ages and all walks of life to know that anything is possible as long as you put your mind to it. This applies to getting an education as it is one’s own human right.