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Writing Center Coordinators

Desiree Evans

Desiree holds a graduate degree in English Literature from Fordham University. She is a passionate advocate of gender equality and spends a fair amount of time researching international cultures and the global progress of women. Ultimately, she wishes to teach Literature to college students. Owing to her many talents – especially those related to song and dance – Desiree also dreams of being on Broadway.

Forgione, Julie

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Zainab Shah

Zainab writes short stories that are sometimes good, one even got published. She is currently working on her novel and completing her MFA in Creative Writing. She hopes to one day teach English Literature at the college level, and generally spends her time obsessing over the strangeness inside our heads.

Writing Center Managers

Campbell, Kevin

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Bryant Contreras

Above all else Bryant is a problem solver. He is constantly learning in order to help others reach their true potential and fulfill their dreams. His favorite book is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory because it is about a boy’s dreams coming true.

Writing Center Tutors

Ibrahim Alhashidi

Ibrahim hopes to serve his community by becoming a lawyer and a professor. Though Ibrahim is both a writer and a traveler, above all else he is an adventurer. Perhaps this is why his favorite book is Treasure Island. He enjoys talking about Global History, Politics, the evolution of languages, writing and poetry. One day, he will write about his experiences as an immigrant.

Burke, Phillip

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Adelyn Castro

Adelyn is a future History professor with a keen interest in Latin-American Politics after the 1950’s. Her favorite book is Sonya Sotomayor’s My Beloved and she most often reads the New York Times because of the breadth of topics it covers. She was almost named Fidel but is happier with the less controversial first name Adelyn.

Helen Dano

Helen is a poet who is passionate about helping students from underserved communities realize their true academic potential. She enjoys reading the style section of the NYTimes and researching the history and literature of her home country, Hawaii.

Karp, Nick

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Mabel Marte Taveras

Mabel is studying to be a doctor, but one day hopes to write fictional novels and own a bookstore. Mabel is particularly good at writing about Science topics. In her free time (of which there is not much), she enjoys researching historical buildings, especially ones with Gothic architecture. She is also fascinated with the idea of living forever and would like to write a paper titled “The Next Step of Human Evolution: Immortality?”

Martinez, Edwin

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Nieratka, Kevan

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Nadine Pasons

Nadine is studying to be a nurse practitioner. Not surprisingly, her favorite book, Proof of Heaven, deals with near death experiences. She finds human behavior fascinating and so spends much of her time researching related topics. She best communicates through writing.

JC Perez

A philosopher at heart, JC has a keen interest in travelling the world. Ever resourceful, JC excels at solving students’ writerly problems. Despite his keen interest in poker and general fun, JC spends a large amount of his time researching ethical questions on student debt and government responsibility, amongst other topics.  

Reynoso, Denise

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Evelyn Sierra

Evelyn is currently studying to be a nurse practitioner and hopes to open up a free pediatric clinic/s for underserved community/ies. Evelyn is an excellent writer with sharp reading and comprehension skills. The last book she read was Polio: An American Story.

Valdes-Portela, Michel

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Delsy Vargas-Ortiz

Delsy is currently completing her Bachelors in Music and Studio Art at City College. An avid reader of the New York Times, Delsy is particularly interested in researching the effects of music on a child’s ability to learn. With this knowledge, she hopes to open an elementary school that incorporates music in academic learning. She is a big fan of constructive criticism and the growth that results from it.

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