Elbowroom is a WI publication that seeks to create space for the critical voices and unique perspectives of people whose voices aren’t typically heard elsewhere. Elbowroom is a publication for marginalized and underrepresented voices to share our lived experiences and navigate our complex truths.

Elbowroom is a publication for those of us who have ever sat at a crowded table and felt we didn’t have enough space. Or enough room to breathe. Or think. Or exist. This one is for us.


1a : room for moving the elbows freely

b : adequate space for work or operation; “got enough elbowroom?”

2: free scope; elbow room to try new ideas

Elbowroom is committed to diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility. Everyone is welcome to find space at Elbowroom, regardless of how you may identify along the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, class, or ability. Allies are welcome.



Allison Grace O’Donnell is a freshman studying Studio Art, Psychology, and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies at American University. She is most passionate about the intersection between art and social justice. When she is not in the studio creating art, Allison can be found at a concert, doing yoga, or protesting social inequalities. As one of the editors of Elbowroom, Allison is tremendously excited to fuse her passions for feminism and creativity within this publication.

Cristina Gee is a sophomore studying Political Science and Communications. On campus, she is a barista at the Davenport Coffee Lounge, and a former coordinator at the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. She is passionate about discussing the intersections of race, gender, class, and sexuality. In her spare time, she reads pop culture thinkpieces on Twitter, and goes out to brunch in the DC area.

Elbowroom is brought to you by AUSG Women’s Initiative. This site was sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of AUSG.