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Writing Center Staff

Writing Center Coordinators

Desiree Evans

Desiree holds a graduate degree in English Literature from Fordham University and is currently working on her doctorate in English Education at Columbia 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.

Julie Forgione

Julie  has an innate love for words and how they work. This coupled with her passion for helping students write has lead to her current research in writing center pedagogy. An avid reader of the New York Times, she also has an interest in urban farming and food systems.

Zainab Shah

Zainab writes short stories that are sometimes good, one even got published. She holds an MFA in Fiction and is currently working on her first novel. She hopes to spend her days in the classroom talking about her literary loves and helping students with their writing.

Writing Center Managers

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.

Cesar Pimentel

A recent University of Buffalo graduate, Cesar is striving to become the next wolf of wall street. For now however, he is content expanding his skills at Hostos Community College.

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.

Victor Vasquez

Victor recently graduated from Lehman College with a Bachelors in Computer Information Systems. He is currently studying for the GRE and a Red Hat Certification. He loves all things Technology, but his real passion lies in Computer Security, Linux and Enterprise level systems. He hopes to start the Cyber-security Masters of Science program at NYU in the fall of 2015.

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.

Faith Brown

Faith is a student at Hostos Community College majoring in Medical Office Management.  She is an avid reader and writer.  Her favorite book is 1984 because it is grim and applicable to everyday life.  She feels great satisfaction helping others.

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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.

Nick Karp

My name is Nick – it is short for Nickname. I am a Pokémon (Magikarp)
currently earning my M.A. in Public Relations at NYU, with a
undergraduate background in Political Science. One day I will be Toby
Ziegler or CJ Craig (The West Wing). Also, one day I will evolve and
be a dragon!I enjoy splashing my enemies and playing video games. I love writing
on social justice, political and advocacy issues. That is all – THANK YOU. 

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?”

Edwin Martinez

Mr. Martinezz is a writing whisperer. He utilizes his writing talents to ask students varied questions to discover their prior knowledge. He expresses himself best through puzzling words. His words can pierce your sensitivity with force or softly tickle your intellect to rationalize the world. He will graduate in June 2015 with a master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from City College/CUNY.

Monica Sohl

Monica graduated from Parsons The New School for Design, BFA. She currently works as an afterschool art teacher and an ESOL instructor for adults. She worked as an ESOL instructor in Central and South America for many years, and now lives in Brooklyn.

Kevan Nieratka

Kevan has loved working for the Writing Center for over five years. He greatly appreciates the hardworking, motivated students that Hostos has exposed him to. He is a graduate of Lehman College and is very active in the NYC nightlife.

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.  

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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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