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Consultant bios

Alanna Alanna

Alanna is a second-year undergraduate student studying Chemistry and English Literature. She most enjoys collaborating on writing that crosses disciplines or expands her scope. She is excited to work with writing from any area, though she is most helpful on topics dealing with literature, natural sciences, and engineering. Off and on throughout the past few years, she has studied Spanish. Additionally, she has experience working with students whose first language is not English. Outside of school, she enjoys running, buying books, knitting, and gardening.

 

 

 

 

Aleisha

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Alex Alex H.

Alex H. is an upper-division Mechanical Engineering student with a minor in Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature (CSCL). His coursework makes him a great collaborator and resource for lab reports, as well as essays about literature or media, and he's always up for the challenges of difficult theory and technical concepts. Alex is also happy to assist in other subjects, particularly interdisciplinary projects. Outside of school Alex builds and repairs bicycles and cars, owns a Saab flag, makes coffee as often as possible, and enjoys loud shows in small spaces.

 

 

 

 

Amber

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Aniket

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Anne
Anne

Anne is a Multilingual Learner Specialist who also teaches First-year Writing. She has a BA in French and English, and completed her MA and EdD here at the U of M. She enjoys working with students on anything from a thesis statement to a dissertation, a grad school application to a lab report. Anne has lived and worked around the world in international schools for most of her career and enjoys the diversity and challenge of new cultures and ideas. She also speaks French, which sometimes comes in handy at SWS!

Ariana
Ariana

Ariana is a third-year PhD student in the Culture and Teaching program. She holds a BA in Global Studies with a minor in Asian American Studies. She loves supporting students from all disciplines as they develop their writing identities. She is especially happy to help students with generating and organizing ideas, utilizing theory and evidence to support arguments, managing technical elements, and exploring themes of power and positionality in writing. She has an intermediate command of speaking, reading, and writing Hmong. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and drawing.

 

 

 

 

Asma

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Ben

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Bomi

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Caty
Caty T.

Caty is a fourth-year PhD student in sociology, with an MA in women’s and gender studies. Her research focuses on medicine, law, and regulation of bodies. Originally from New York, she uses her east coast brashness to help students write in a confident, succinct, and jargon-free way that lets their ideas shine. She will gladly tackle any paper, grant application, resume, or personal statement in need of (re)organization. She is happy to help writers at any stage of their writing, and especially loves those early stages of brainstorming and outlining.

Celine
Celine

Celine is a second-year undergraduate student studying Biology and Psychology and hoping to minor in English. While particularly interested in literary criticism and analysis, she is also more than happy to work on research papers, lab reports, or anything of the like. She enjoys developing ideas and strengthening theses, as well as improving syntax and grammar. She considers herself an experienced cross-disciplinary student and has experience writing for Chemistry, Biology, Psychology, Anthropology, and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies courses. In her free time, Celine can be found petting dogs, riding her bike around Minneapolis, reading nonfiction and poetry, and missing her hometown of Seattle.

 

 

 

 

Chip

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David

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Diele

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Dina

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Elly

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Emily

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Eric O
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E is a third-year undergraduate student studying Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies and Family Social Science. Given their field, they have the most experience with gender and ethnic studies pieces but are open to working with all types of students. E especially enjoys working on developing ideas and helping students integrate outside sources into their writing. They read and write in both English and Spanish and have experience working with individuals whose first language is not English. In their spare time, E enjoys playing video games and reading.

 

 

 

 

Gabrielle

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Itunu
Itunu

Itunu is a third-year undergraduate studying Biology. However, she also has a strong passion for journalism and writing, especially in the area of poetry and prose. As a young child, she was always passionate about biology. It wasn't until high school that she discovered her passion for writing and performance in poetry or prose. To Itunu, writing is a form of art. Itunu has had previous experience with helping students with writing before becoming a consultant. She has since grown from her very first consultation and is ready to take on the many different areas of writing. With writing, you can never stop learning! 

 

 

 

 

Jacqui

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Jasmine
Jasmine

Jasmine (she/her/hers) has a PhD in American Studies (U of M), an MA in American Civilization (Brown), and a BA in Comparative American Ethnic Studies (U Washington). She loves working with graduate writers on seminar papers and dissertations, and she also enjoys supporting writers on statements of purpose and personal statements. While she works with folks at any stage of their writing, she especially has fun brainstorming and concept-mapping ideas with writers. Jasmine grew up speaking Cantonese and English at home.



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Jennifer D.

Jennifer D. is a PhD student in the Department of American Studies. She holds an MA in Asian American Studies and BA in English and Spanish. She has experience teaching in History, Asian American Studies, American Studies, and Writing Studies here at the U of M, UCLA, and UT Austin. Jennifer enjoys working with students throughout the writing process, especially brainstorming, organizing ideas, and cover letters or scholarship applications. She is most familiar with writing in the humanities but is also interested in working with students across disciplines.

 

 

 

 

Jennifer K.

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Jennifer N
Jennifer N.

Jennifer N. is passionate about creating and supporting local food systems, which she is pursuing as a PhD student in Land and Atmospheric Science. She is returning to the U of M (and SWS!) after 5 years of exploring careers in software development & testing, arts administration, and independent consulting. This diverse background means Jennifer is especially excited about helping students craft their writing based on intended audience but truly loves working with students through all steps of the writing process. In her free time, Jennifer can be found in her community garden, biking all the places, and attending *so many* theater productions.

 

 

 

 

Jerald

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Jesse

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Joe

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Kate
Kate

Kate is a Master's student in the School of Public Health. She has a BA in Gender Studies and an English minor. She previously worked as an in-home mental health practitioner and as a domestic violence legal advocate. She enjoys both non-fiction and fiction work, personal statements, resumes, policy and public health projects, as well as research and legal papers! She loves to help during any point in the writing process, from brainstorming to final drafts. Outside of work, she enjoys being outdoors by the water, cooking and baking, reading, learning, and playing with her cat, Lupe.

Katie
Katie L.

Katie L. (she/her/hers) has a PhD, MA, and BA in English. Her dissertation was on writing center theory and practice; her MA work was primarily in Victorian Literature; and her BA included almost-minors in Music, Art History, and Philosophy. She wishes she could take more classes, including math, with which she struggles mightily. She enjoys working with and learning from writers from across the disciplines; however, she has a particular affinity for dissertation writers, having been one for so long herself. When not at the Center, Katie enjoys reading, cooking, baking with chocolate, and watching more TV than is good for her.

Kerry
Kerry

Kerry is a Multilingual Learner Specialist at SWS. She has her MA in Teaching ESL in Higher Education from the U of M and her BS in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin. Kerry loves working with students at every stage of the writing process but especially enjoys talking about early ideas for papers and how to organize those ideas effectively. Outside of teaching, she also enjoys hiking, biking, and hanging out with her dog, Lucy.

Kim
Kim

Kim is one of the Multilingual Learner Specialists in the Center and has happily worked as a writing instructor and writing center consultant at the University of Minnesota for over fifteen years. She has an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and enjoys working with both undergrad and grad academic writers both as a teacher and a consultant.    

Kirsten
Kirsten

Kirsten has a PhD, MA, and BA in English literature—the study of which has deepened her interest in the power of narrative, how writers establish voice and authority, and how writing works in the world. That curiosity about how writing works both inside and outside the University fuels her work with student writers across the disciplines, and she appreciates how much those students have taught her about culture and society, literature, education, politics, science, technology, and many other subjects. She especially loves working with writers who struggle to write (like she does), who are self-reflective about their learning, and who are willing to experiment and take risks in their writing.

Lauren
Lauren

Lauren is a PhD candidate in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine. She has an MA through the same program and a BA in History with a minor in Biochemistry from Texas A&M University. She taught US History and Government for two years, prior to attending graduate school. She is happy to consult on any subject, but has particular experience with writing in the humanities and sciences. Lauren enjoys both the creative (brainstorming, forming an argument) and technical points (reviewing for grammar, clarity) of writing. In her spare time, she loves running, baking, and playing with her pup, Alfie.

 

 

 

 

Lee

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Liv

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Megan

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MeredithMeredith

Meredith studies insect behavior and is currently pursuing a PhD in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior. She has a BA from Bowdoin College in French Literature and Biology. Before moving to Minnesota, Meredith spent two years teaching English in Nantes, France, and so speaks French in addition to English. She loves to encounter subjects ranging from microbiology to art history and is happy to interact with WRIT 1301 papers, research proposals, and lab reports alike. If Meredith isn’t in the lab or collecting insects, you are most likely to spot her on the dance floor, lindy hopping the night away.

Meta
Meta

Meta (pronounced “May” like the month plus "Ta") is a third-year Spanish and English double major. Additionally, she is an English as a Second Language Teaching minor and is in the DirecTrack to Teach program with plans to become a high school ESL teacher. Although Meta is most familiar with literary essays, she loves to read and assist other students with personal essays. When she’s not studying, Meta likes to read, watch The X-Files, rock climb, and pipe dream about teaching abroad.

Naura
Naura

Naura (“Nora”) is a second-year undergraduate student currently pursuing a Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development major and a Statistics minor. As an Indonesian immigrant who grew up among international college students, she has experience working with individuals of various writing backgrounds. Additionally, Naura can speak marginal amounts of Indonesian and is familiar with Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. While she primarily works with research papers, Naura enjoys creative writing and loves incorporating various literary devices, tropes, and double entendres when given the chance. Outside of writing, Naura spends her time traveling with friends, playing golf, making origami, and learning new things.

Nico
Nico
on leave 2018–19

Nico is a PhD student studying Hispanic Literature with a focus on Afro-Caribbean literature. His favorite parts of a paper to assist with are idea development, organization, and general flow. Although papers related to the humanities and social sciences are always insightful, Nico would be more than happy to look at any writing project. In his free time, you can find Nico cooking, catching up on TV shows, or simply hanging out with friends.

 

 

 

 

Pallavi

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Pang

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Pierre
Pierre

Pierre is a second-year undergraduate international student from Lebanon studying Computer Engineering. He lived in Lebanon for eighteen years and so is fluent in Arabic and French, as well as English. Pierre’s coursework in engineering and his experience in research make him a great resource for lab reports, research proposals, and research papers in STEM fields of study. Pierre is also a strong asset for students, both native and non-native English speakers, who seek help with their freshman writing papers. In his spare time, Pierre enjoys listening to rock music, playing electric guitar, and watching European soccer.

Rachael
Rachael

Rachael is a second-year undergraduate studying Psychology and Spanish. She enjoys the personal side of writing and loves to read others' work to experience their unique voice and style. Her strengths include organization and sentence structure, especially in critical analysis, persuasive essays, and research essays. However, she brings writing experience from multiple disciplines and welcomes the opportunity to work with all writers. She recently spent six weeks in Spain interning in a psychiatric hospital and has a strong understanding of the Spanish language. In her free time, Rachael likes to nap with her dog, watch NCIS reruns, read, and run.

 

 

 

 

Rahsaan

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Rye

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Sarah
on leave 2018–19

Sarah is one of the Multilingual Learner Specialists at SWS. She holds an MA in ESL from the U of M and a BA in German and English from the University of Wisconsin. Her previous teaching and tutoring experiences make her particularly excited to work with multilingual writers, but she is happy to work with any student during any part of the writing process, from focusing and organizing ideas to discussing specific language choices. When she’s not teaching or consulting, Sarah enjoys traveling to new places. Here in Minnesota, she likes to spend time biking, camping, and browsing in thrift stores.

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Sen

Sen is an undergraduate student in the College of Biological Sciences. He’s a Microbiology major, with minors in Biochemistry and Management. As a student of professional communication in his career/education, Sen is specializing in strategies in all sorts of writing, including academic papers, resume, presentations, slide presentations, and business plans. Therefore, Sen aims to help his fellow students write in a professional manner without losing the students’ own voices.

Sourojit
Sourojit (G)

Sourojit (also goes by G) is a second year undergraduate student, studying Computer Science with a minor in Creative Writing. An international student from Calcutta, India, Sourojit speaks English, Hindi, and Bengali. His favorite part of any writing is the aspect of creativity, how a banal sentence can be turned fiery-hot without the slightest change in meaning. In his free time, Sourojit is a part of Model UN or is on the field for just about every field sport imaginable.

Susan
Susan

Susan is a Multilingual Learner Specialist and often teaches WRIT 1301 in addition to consulting at SWS. Engaging with ideas, challenging students to think more deeply, and helping them discover and plan what they want to say all keep her energized. She also loves to dig into grammar and sentence structure. She holds an MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Houston and a BA in English from Luther College. Although native to Minnesota, her teaching career started in Texas and later Portugal where she gained fluency in both Spanish and Portuguese, respectively. Outside of work, she dances, explores regional parks, and reads fiction, essays, and news sources.

Susan
Tamira

Tamira is a third-year undergraduate studying Comparative U.S. Race and Ethnicity, Creative Writing, and Studies in Cinema and Media Culture, with a minor in Asian Languages and Literatures. She likes consulting on research papers, analytical papers, and creative works, but the process of taking any idea or argument, regardless of topic or format, into a realized paper is always a good time. Tamira spends her down time serving as Managing Editor for Ascend magazine, collecting books she won't read, window shopping, and writing comprehensive to-do lists.

Tess
Tess

Tess is a second-year undergraduate studying English and pursuing a minor in French. In her major, she mostly practices literary analysis, but she also has experience with journalism, creative nonfiction, and legal writing. While she finds that every stage of the writing process presents both challenges and rewards, she particularly likes working with students through difficult revisions, helping writers communicate more boldly, coherently, and naturally. Comfortable with the French language, she also loves to work with students in beginner French courses. The convergence of literacy and culture fascinates her, and she enjoys volunteering, reading history, and wandering the MIA.

Tim
Tim

Tim is a second-year undergraduate student in the Theatre Arts program. Although always willing to help with formal papers, Tim is strongest at developing and reworking creative projects and narratives. He most enjoys looking at overall structure and the technical details of writing. When left to his own devices, Tim is often found doing all things theatre, playing video games, contemplating his purpose in the universe, and refuting that purpose.

 

 

 

 

Winston

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