Abram is an undergraduate consultant in his final year as an Asian and Middle Eastern Studies major. He works most frequently with essays on literary analysis and cultural studies as well as creative writing projects. When he isn't thinking about how writing and language can be used to blur or at least complicate the boundaries of genre and form, Abram is probably reading, walking his dog (pictured left), or thinking about food.


Ariana (she/hers) is a Ph.D. candidate in Culture and Teaching within the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Her research is focused on Asian American educational issues and socially just pedagogies. She is familiar with supporting various kinds of writing, but is especially excited to support personal statements, argumentative essays, literature reviews, research papers, and reflective writing. She also serves as a Graduate Assistant with the Asian Pacific American Resource Center (APARC), and is committed to strengthening the often intersecting work of both centers. She has a medium-level proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking Hmong. Although she is not the most outdoorsy person, she really enjoys being in nature, canoeing, and swimming. She also loves listening to BTS, reading, cooking, and traveling.



Aysha is a third-year undergrad student doing her B.S. in psychology. She speaks both English and Mandarin Chinese with an aptitude towards creative writing pieces and skills in larger-scale developmental and structural critiquing.



Czarina ("za-ree-nuh") is an undergraduate student majoring in Neuroscience. She is fluent in both English and Tagalog. Czarina enjoys reading both fiction and nonfiction. She is interested in working with students across different majors and disciplines. With Czarina's strong STEM background, she can help students with their lab reports. In her free time, she loves to be creative by doing art or trying new cooking recipes. She is very excited to work and consult with writers who seek to improve their writing!



Emily is a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in Anthropology, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, and Linguistics. This will be her third year working at SWS. Emily enjoys working with writers from all disciplines at any stage of the writing process, but she especially enjoys working with writers on developing and organizing their thoughts. Emily is a fluent Korean speaker and has a working knowledge of Mandarin; she welcomes the opportunity utilize these languages in her consultations. Outside of SWS, Emily loves hanging out with her dogs, biking, and bullet journaling.



Gabrielle is an avid language learner, and is constantly working to better understand communication and accessibility in education and language learning communities. She is active in the Ojibwe language revitalization community both on and off campus, and is pursuing two B.A. degrees in Ojibwe Language and Speech–Language–Hearing Sciences with a minor in Integrative Neuroscience. Gabrielle most enjoys working with students on identity-based pieces, crafting arguments, looking at organization, and helping students decolonize their language use within their writing. Gabrielle is also highly proficient in German and loves to use both of her languages within consultations. In her spare time, Gabrielle likes to journal, hike, and do puzzles with her grandma.


For her own writing, Jasmine (she/her/hers) finds getting started to be the hardest stage of any project, but for whatever reason, she loves supporting other writers' brainstorming. She also enjoys supporting high-stakes writing such as statements of purpose and fellowship essays, as well as theses and dissertations. She likes to strategize about how to break up a big project into manageable chunks—in ways that work for the writing and learning style of the writer. Jasmine also has researched the experiences of BIPOC doctoral writers and thinks a lot about the tension that many people encounter when they write in the academy. Jasmine grew up speaking Cantonese and English at home and is an alum of the U’s American Studies doctoral program.

Jennifer D.

Jennifer D. has been a writing consultant for four years. She also teaches in the Writing Studies department. Jennifer enjoys working with students throughout the writing process, especially brainstorming and organizing ideas. She also likes working on application materials. Jennifer is most familiar with writing in the humanities. Her background is in American and Asian American Studies, but she is interested in working with students across disciplines.

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Jennifer K.

Jennifer K. is a Ph.D. candidate in English, with a B.A. in English Language and Literature from Seoul National University (where she also worked as a writing tutor) and an M.A. in English from the U of M. She has taught first-year writing as well as courses on modern fiction, and has been with the Center for Writing for five years. Though Jennifer enjoys discussing writing at all stages, helping students develop and fine-tune ideas is her favorite. She also welcomes any opportunity to discuss fellowship and scholarship applications. Jennifer is especially excited to work with multilingual writers as she is familiar with many of their challenges and potentials.

Katie L.

A liberal arts nerd who majored in English; had almost-minors in Music, Art History, and Philosophy; switched focus in graduate school from Victorian Literature to Composition to Writing Center Studies; and took a loooong time to finish her own dissertation, Katie (she/her/hers) enjoys working with and learning from writers from across the disciplines. She wishes she could take more classes, including math, with which she struggles mightily. As a consultant, she is empathetic; curious about the ideas and experiences that writers want to share; and truly, nerdily, gleefully excited to support other people as they write. Katie is interested in collaborating with writers on finding ways to use their own voices and bust open new possibilities for writing in—or against—the university, or whatever other spaces and systems matter to them.


Kirsten has been working in writing centers for over 30 years, since her days as an undergraduate English major at Carleton College. Along the way, she picked up two more English degrees at UW-Madison and taught many literature and writing courses, but her favorite space for teaching and learning continues to be one-to-one writing consultations. She especially loves working with writers across the disciplines, who feed her curiosity about the world, and she enjoys collaborating at any stage in the writing process, from drawing mindmaps for brainstorming to finding just the right words for a final draft. When not working at the UMN, she travels to Michigan's Upper Peninsula to hang out with black bears like this one in her front yard.



Mei is an undergraduate writing consultant pursuing a degree in Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering with minors in Chemistry and Sustainability. She’s excited to consult with writers from all disciplines across the University and enjoys helping writers at any stages of their writing process. Beyond personal passions for literary analysis and creative writing, Mei has experience evaluating technical writing in lab reports, journal articles, and cover letters with an eye for thoroughness and persuasiveness. Mei’s priorities in the consultation are to make new writers feel comfortable sharing their work and to help each writer leave their writing conference energized with next steps for their writing!



Miki is a fourth-year English major. They love working with literary and rhetorical analysis, personal essays, creative writing, and other essays. In their free time, Miki enjoys reading, trying to cook new food, and playing rhythm games. They are happy to help with all types of writing!



Pang identifies as a Hmong American, Asian, refugee, first-generation-to-receive-American-education, cisgender woman who uses she/her pronouns. She is a graduate student in Educational Psychology - Special Education with a minor in Public Health. Her research focuses on autism in culturally and linguistically diverse communities. As a consultant, Pang hopes to support student writers to be able to communicate their thoughts and ideas on paper, whether it be a personal statement or research paper. Pang hopes that student writers will be able to take away something from each consultation that will help them with future writing assignments. This is Pang's third year at the Center for Writing.



Yugene is a senior studying Biochemistry and Human Physiology. He has been working in Student Writing Support for a year, and is happy to help with any and all sorts of writing. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, learning to do handstands, and other forms of fooling around.