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Tutors

AmirAmir
Senior
English/Political Science
I’m from Southington and an avid reader of all things historical, political, and fictional. As an English major, I’m always prepared to recommend a good book. Some suggestions: Invisible Man (Ellison not Wells), The Kingkiller ChronicleCity of Thieves, and anything by Steinbeck. I also enjoy playing trumpet and taking long road trips with friends. Lastly, I enjoy working on all writing types, and I look forward to learning with you at the Writing Center. 

 

 

 

Anisha
Senior
Pathobiology

Anisha is a student in the Honors Program with a minor in Molecular and Cellular Biology. She hopes to pursue an M.D.-PhD and study in the field of hepatology (the study of the liver). Besides working as a writing tutor, she works as a Peer Research Ambassador at the Office of Undergraduate Research, plays on UConn Club Tennis, and is a member of Alpha Beta Epsilon. She is an avid researcher and is both an IDEA Grant and Change Grant recipient and currently conducts research in the Blesso Lab. In her free time, you can find Anisha painting, biking, book-swapping, or making lattes.

 

 

 

Antonio
Junior
Psychology
Born and raised in Stratford, CT, Antonio is a junior who hopes to go to law school. He is very passionate about writing and helping others improve their writing. Antonio hopes to one day jump start his career as a lawyer by working as a public defender for some time and then either joining or opening his own firm. On the weekends you can either find Antonio playing basketball, at the gym, in the library cramming for a test, or, best of all, walking his dog Shunucas

 

 

 

Bryce
Sophomore
Biomedical Engineering

Bryce is returning to his sophomore year on campus as a Writing Center tutor and RA. He is excited to continue studying biomedical engineering on a pre-med track with the hopes of eventually going to medical school. His interests include medicine, entrepreneurship, baking, reading, and cooking. He hopes to continue to volunteer his time at pop-up medical clinics and at the volunteer ambulance center once he returns to his hometown of Newtown, CT.

 

 

 

 

 

Conte
Junior
English
Conte is from Hamden, CT. As an English major, he is extremely passionate about writing, and he hopes to one day enter the field of journalism. One of the biggest reasons Conte wanted to become a tutor was to help other students with their writing. When he is not writing for work or academic purposes, he writes simply to express his thoughts. Other things that Conte likes to do are to watch sports, play video games, and get at least 15 minutes of sunlight each day.

 

 

 

 

 

Danicia
Sophomore
English
Danicia is a sophomore in the Honors Program from Bloomfield, CT. She aspires to become an English professor in the future. In addition to being an English major, she is pursuing a minor in Urban and Community Studies to learn how to be of service to her community in a valuable way. When she is not reading or studying, you’ll find her in a movie theater, a thrift shop, or an art museum. She’s also a big Mac Miller fan.

 

 

 

 


Deevena
Senior
Allied Health
Deevena has always been interested in health and health policy, so when she came to UConn, she knew Healthcare Administrationn was for her. After graduation she will be working for Aetna, a CVS Health company, as a part of the General Management Development Rotational Program. She hopes to pursue a MBA/MPH after gaining industry experience. She is from Cranston, Rhode Island (and is always willing to defend her home state)! On campus, she is involved with InCHIP as an undergraduate research assistant at the Center for mHealth and Social Media as well as with USG as a member of the Academic Affairs Committee. When she isn’t overbooking herself, Deevena loves traveling, watching Netflix, hanging out with her friends, and drinking iced coffees from Dunkin’!

 

 

Emile
Sophomore
Communication
Emile is a sophomore from Windsor, Connecticut, currently majoring in Communication, although he is still exploring other majors and keeping an open mind. He is passionate about writing and is particularly interested in linguistics. Emile would one day like to write a book or direct a movie, as he enjoys working creatively. He enjoys listening to music, watching films, playing video games, spending time with friends, and eating lots of food. He likes to help out people but also enjoys relaxing and spending time with his dog. Emile is excited to join the Writing Center’s staff this semester.

 

 

 

 

Emily
Senior
Environmental Studies/ Sociology
As an Environmental Studies and Sociology double major, Emily is passionate about the way the world works and how to create the changes necessary for systemic reform. She was involved in drafting UConn’s environmental general education requirement, co-organizing an environmental justice conference focused on creativity and inclusion, and writing for the Daily Campus calling for sustainability at UConn. Her passion also extends to eating, singing, running, and surrounding herself with people she loves. Emily has studied abroad in both Ecuador and Australia, where she discovered the importance (and privilege) of learning from other cultures both within and outside the US. While she doesn’t know exactly what she wants to do next year, she plans to engage in education that prioritizes creativity, empathy, and equity.

 

 

 

Erica
Junior
English
Erica is a second-year tutor at the Writing Center, and she couldn’t be happier about it. Back from a summer at home in the Bronx, NY, she is excited for all the new experiences she gets to have working with her coworkers and all the different kinds of writers that UConn has to offer. As a stereotypical English major, she loves having her nose in a book or a pen in her hand to write whenever the inspiration hits, but she also loves dancing (check her out at one of UConn B.A.I.L.E’s performances!), exploring new places at night, and trying to make anyone around her laugh. 

 

 

Erik
Sophomore
Physiology and Neurobiology/Economics
Hailing from the cow town that is Storrs, CT, Erik is fascinated by the intersectionality of medicine and business in a modern global economy, with hopes that these interests will culminate in his pursuit of an MD/MBA. He is an avid photographer who loves to supplement his writing with photos to tell stories. On campus, he works as a research assistant in the Goldhamer Lab, serves as the Community Outreach Chair for UConn KDSAP, and is a WOW Leader. In his free time, you can catch Erik listening to Brockhampton, collecting sneakers, airballing 3’s at the Rec Center, or watching soccer!

 

 

Hannah
Senior
Natural Resources

Originally from Wethersfield, CT, Hannah is interested in all things related to animals (did you know that platypuses have a divided reproductive tract, which is only functional on the left side?). In addition to her NRE major, she has a minor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and is in the Honors Program. Hannah hopes to make a difference in the conservation world one day, and aspires to earn her Ph.D. in Conservation Biology. Outside of academics, she plays the trombone in the marching band and is an IDEA grant recipient for her project looking at anthropogenic material in bird nests. One fun fact about Hannah is that she wants to travel to all seven continents, and has four left to go

 

 

James 
Senior
Molecular and Cellular Biology

James carries many academic interests with an overarching goal of becoming a physician-scientist specializing in cancer biology. Though a biologist at heart, he is fascinated by the interface between social psychology and neuroscience, the intricacies of language development, and the beautiful melodies found in different genres of music. These passions compose his weekly schedule of conducting experiments in the LoTurco Lab, playing violin in the UConn Symphony Orchestra, and serving as the Program Director for UConn’s America Reads program. In addition to his academic pursuits, he reserves an adoration for food, outdoor hiking and rock climbing adventures, and strategizing with others in card games.

 

 

 

 

Jared
Senior
Jared is from Seymour, CT. After graduating, he plans to attend law school, as it has been his dream to work in the legal field with the mission to help others. In his free time, Jared likes to play the guitar and watch movies. Some of his favorite movies include Wall-E (2008), Do The Right Thing (1989), and Whiplash (2014).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jase
Senior
Political Science & Urban and Community Studies
Jase is Puerto Rican from Bridgeport, CT, who currently pursuing a degree in Political Science and Honors Urban & Community Studies, with  minors in Public Policy and Latino Studies. He plans on pursuing a master’s degree in public administration next year at UConn. Post graduation Jase hopes to become a politician back in his hometown, Bridgeport, to uplift the community to its former glory. On campus, Jase is also heavily involved within the Puerto Rican/ Latin American Cultural Center, where he works as a representative for the center and also as a teaching assistant. When not adding to his stress with extracurriculars and school, he loves driving his car to new places, where he frequently goes on hikes and practices meditation.

 

 

 

 

Jess
Junior
English and Linguistics/Philosophy
Once her undergraduate career concludes, Jess hopes to enroll in a M.A./Ph.D. program for English and Comparative Literature and pursue a career as an English professor. Aside from being a writing tutor, she works as a copy editor for The Daily Campus and is also a member of the Honors Program. A few of her favorite topics to research are structuralism and semiotics, morphology, ethics (or moral philosophy), British and Irish literature, absurdist fiction, and poetry. During her free time, she enjoys pastel drawing, hiking, photography, and writing. Jess looks forward to collaborating with her fellow students and encouraging them to flourish as writers

 

 

 

 

Jessie
Sophomore
Molecular and Cell Biology
Originally from Lexington, Massachusetts, Jessie is currently studying molecular and cell biology and she hopes will help her pursue a career in the healthcare industry. To balance her academics and still be involved on campus, she takes on the role of community outreach chair for the Molecular and Cell Biology club and the UConn’s chapter of Partners In Health Engage. Jessie is also the diversity chair for her sorority and hopes to make a difference in breaking societal stereotypes! I love to spend my free time baking sweet treats, exploring the city, and playing with my dog! 

 

 

Josh
Senior
Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality & Chemical Engineering
As a fourth-year student, Josh, is completing dual degrees in Gender Studies & Chemical Engineering. His research interests include science pedagogy, youth realistic fiction, and adult speculative fiction. On campus, Josh is an RA, TA, and math tutor. His activities include acoustic guitar, Guitar Hero, DDR, and copious amounts of dirty chai. You will most often find him at Starbucks, in the library, or bothering his professors in office hours.

 

 

Julia
Junior
Applied and Resource/Agricultural Economics
Julia is a student in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources with an academic concentration in International Development; she is also working towards a minor in English and loves all things literature. After graduating she hopes to pursue either a J.D. in environmental law or a Masters degree in public policy. On campus she is the vice-president of the Applied and Resource Economics club and is an active member in UConnPIRG. When not working or studying, Julia is usually plotting out all the places she wants to travel, browsing Youtube, trying new recipes, and hanging out in cute coffee shops. 

 

Julianna
Junior
English/Secondary Education English
Julianna is a junior at the Storrs campus studying English and English Secondary Education in the Neag School of Education i/BM program. She has spent her whole life in Bristol, CT (yes, she has worked at Lake Compounce) with her mom, dad, and older brother Nick. She is a queer artist, president of Horse Lincoln Improv, a stand-up comedian, and is scarily passionate about theatre. She is committed to social justice, LGBTQIA+ rights,  creative teaching/learning, representation, mental health advocacy, and BLM.

 

 

 

 

 

Karla
Sophomore
Nursing 
Karla, from New Haven, Connecticut, aspires to become a nurse to advocate for patients in marginalized and under-represented communities. She is interested in learning about health disparities and inequities to better understand how to attend to future patients. Her hope is to become a nurse practitioner later in her career.  Aside from her passion to be part of the healthcare system, Karla takes care of her many plants and looks out for any plant sales on campus. In her little to no free time, she enjoys building puzzles, going on walks with her dog, and spending time with friends.

 

 

 

Kat
Senior
Spanish/Education
Katerine (Kat) is a senior double majoring in Spanish and Secondary Spanish Language Education. She hopes to one day work in educational policy and legislation. Kat is from New Haven, CT, but grew up in Northern California. Besides working at the Writing Center, Kat is looking forward to cooking dinner in her apartment, reading, and enjoying movies. On campus, she is the president of her sorority, Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, and is an ambassador for Teach For America.

 

 

 

 

Kevin
Junior
English
I’m from Orange, CT, a suburb with not much to do but gather and talk in parking lots with friends. Since starting college I’ve been hooked on literature, both as its own object and as a lens for my own life. I am interested in transportation systems and how a sense of community or home operates in America. Coupled with my English major is a French minor—I like the food and films—and though my academics often converge with my free-time, outside of school I mostly watch NBA games, swim, listen to music, and get dinner with friends.

 

 

 

Kimmy
Senior
Political Science/Africana
Kimmy has a strong interest in all things related to the social, political, and economic rights for people of the African Diasporic descent. These Africana topics includes themes such as Black feminism, American police brutality, sexual and intimate partner violence against Black women, cool pose culture, Black masculinity, and more. She aspires to possibly pursue civil rights law after she graduates. In her free time, you can catch Kimmy being a food junkie, listening to RnB, pop, and soul, and laughing at twitter memes.

 

 

 

 

Lawrence
Junior
Mechanical Engineering

Along with working at the writing center, Lawrence is one of the Latinx Student Leadership Council Coordinators at the Puerto Rican Latin American Cultural Center, where he oversees 20+ student organizations. His other campus involvement are UConn BAILE, the Dominican Student Association, and METAS. In his leisure time, Lawrence likes to go on walks and eat out with friends. Fun fact: Lawrence has 7 other siblings!

 

 

 

 

 

Liam
Junior
Mechanical Engineering/English
Hi!  Engineering and English may seem like a weird combo (partly because it is!) but what I enjoy in both disciplines is their value on the process of crafting, whether that be with words or machines. So usually you’ll find me delving into either the mechanics of a flight control system or into a good book or poem, invariably with a cup of coffee in hand.  If you ever see me on campus, I’m probably either running or listening to music. Feel free to give some recommendations!

 

 

 


Lorenzo
Junior
Sociology
I am from East Hartford, CT, and from a young age, I always enjoyed writing and being able to help others. After graduation, I want to be in a position where I can make the future a better place for others in some sort of way. In my free time, some of my favorite things to do include exercising, playing video games, listening to music, and watching sports.

 

 

Robbie
Senior
Communications/English
Robbie is a native of Stamford majoring in Communications and English. As a lover of classic film, he ha rarely haughtily proclaimed, “The book was better.” However, as a critic of contemporary film, it certainly has come up. Favorite genres include film noir and musicals. Also ranking high: horror films and Disney. In his spare time, Robbie is a theater enthusiast and has recently been on the stage in musical productions of Newsies and A Chorus Line

 

 

 

 

Rose
Senior
English
Hi! I’m Rose! I’m from Trumbull, CT, where I was raised with my four younger siblings. I am a recent transfer, about a year ago, from Housatonic Community College, where I was a writing tutor for about a year. I am passionate about reading, writing, and helping people become better writers, which is why I hope to become an editor in the book publishing industry once I graduate. Outside of school, I love to read and write on my own, but I also love being outside, exploring new places, listening to music, and spending time with my friends, especially my dog Nala.

 

 

 

Rosie
Junior
English/Neuroscience

A Fairfield native, Rosie is passionate about all things writing and is excited to join the Writing Center for her second year as a tutor! In addition to being an English major and neuroscience minor, she is on the pre-med track and aspires to become a physician. Rosie is also involved in Community Outreach, RESULTS, and the CLAS Women’s Leadership Collective. When she’s not in the library, you can find her listening to music, hanging out with friends, and spending all of her money on iced coffee.


 

 

 

 

 

Sammy
Senior
English/Education

Over the last three years, Sammy has devoted her time to understanding the world around her by traveling and serving communities through Community Outreach. In fact, her experiences have inspired her to, someday, live in a self-built tiny house that can easily travel with her when she isn’t exploring other parts of the world. The only bump in the road (get it?) would be limiting her collection of books, Magic and D&D materials, and her instruments. Music is a love second only to reading, but this summer Sammy discovered a new favorite hobby of upcycling old furniture. Extra activities aside, Sammy is extremely excited to be part of such a wonderful service that is the Writing Center.

 

 

Stephanie
Senior
Psychology
is a senior at UConn Stamford. She is graduating in December with her Bachelor’s of Arts in psychological sciences. Although getting her degree in psychology, Stephanie loves all things surrounding writing and reading. Her passion for writing started at a young age, and she plans on pursuing it as a career. She will attend a master’s program in secondary education in English and literature. Her dream is to be a high school English teacher and impact students the same way her teachers did when she was young. When not reading and writing, Stephanie is anywhere outside. Spontaneous adventures and camping trips are what she loves most.

 

 

Xiao Xin
Sophomore
History
Xiao Xin is from West Hartford, CT. Her interest in history stems from a young age where she spent the majority of her time watching documentaries and visiting museums (she still does). She hopes to one day apply her knowledge in history by going to law school to study international law or immigration law. As for the present, Xiao Xin is excited to work at the Writing Center and is looking forward to the new semester as an Honors student. Usually if she is not at the library studying, then she is most likely at a cafe enjoying her coffee or tea. During her free time, Xiao Xin likes to read, watch Netflix, and play tennis.

 

 

 

Receptionists

Dylan
Sophomore
English

Hello…I’m Dylan! You will never see me without a smile on my face; I also love trying to make everyone else smile. I love writing of all kinds: poems, essays, books, screenplays, etc. For anyone who wants to talk about movies, I am the person to come to— I love movies, TV shows, and plays of all kinds. When I am not writing or watching movies, I am at the gym or reading.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Kali
Senior
Elementary Education
Other than wanting to become a teacher, Kali plans to become a basketball coach as well. She is a BIG basketball fan who does not go a day without watching basketball, literally. When she’s not preoccupied with that, Kali loves to spend her time watching TV shows and movies. She is appreciative of the life lessons that her favorite show, One Tree Hill, has offered. Besides this, Kali likes listening to music, spending time with loved ones, going to concerts and festivals, volunteering, and pressing elected officials to do their job.

 

 

 

Laura-Social Media Co-chair
Senior
Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences/Psychology
Hey, my name is Laura, and I am a senior, and an SLHS major and Psych minor. You would normally find me up front at the receptionist desk, but since Corona wanted to make a memorable appearance this year, I am now one of the social media chairs for the Writing Center (I’ll keep you guys updated on posts and stuff). I grew up in Stamford, CT, and transferred from UConn Stamford to UConn Storrs my sophomore year. I love food, dogs, and dancing (catch me randomly dancing in the Writing Center all Spring 2021).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melissa
Senior
Psychology
I am a senior pursuing a degree in psychology with dreams of one day becoming a child psychologist. On campus I’m involved in Paws and Claws, HuskyTHON, and I serve as the current chapter president of my sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi. When I have free time I enjoy hiking, walking my dog, and swimming in the ocean. I look forward to my fourth year working at the Writing Center.

 

 

 

Graduate Administrative Staff

 

kyleKyle
Assistant Director
Ph D. Candidate, English
Kyle is a PhD student in the English department, specializing in rhetoric and composition. He’s particularly interested in the rhetoric of science, ecocriticism (the interdisciplinary study of literature and its intersections with environment), urban ecology, and science writing. His other interests include writing center studies, literacy studies, writing across the curriculum (WAC), translingualism, and technical writing. Kyle also works as a writing instructor, teaching First-Year Writing courses here at UConn; prior to that he worked as a technical writer and illustrator. He doesn’t do anything in his free time, mostly because graduate students don’t have free time.

 

 

 

Sophie
Assistant Director
Ph.D Candidate, English
Sophie studies the intersection of critical thinking and creativity. She loves to combine creative writing with academic work. This interest has led her to gravitate toward narrative methodologies in her research. Beyond the academic sphere, Sophie is interested in tacos, painting, and farmers markets. She is also obsessed with blueberries.

 

 

 

 

Gabe
Coordinator for Graduate Writing Support
Ph D. Candidate, English

I study writing and rhetoric, and my dissertation research considers the ways writing interacts with digital technologies and media. I really enjoy working on writing with others, and I’ve been tutoring and teaching writing in classroom and writing center contexts since I was a sophomore undergraduate student. Outside of academics, I enjoy hiking, drawing, board games, and cheesecake. If you’re a graduate student who wants to know more about how the writing center can support your work, please write to me at gradwriting@uconn.edu.

 

 

 

Graduate Tutors

Corynne
Graduate Student
Ph D. Candidate, Molecular and Cellular Biology
Corynne is in the final year of her PhD work in the Molecular and Cellular Biology department specializing in biochemistry, biophysics, and structural biology. Her doctoral thesis explores how viruses put themselves together. Corynne teaches biochemistry labs and is the biochemistry instructor for UConn’s MCAT review course in the spring. When she’s not in the lab doing/teaching science, she muses on her experiments while running long distances with her reluctant canine running partner. Her cat, the Loaf, is her constant writing companion and sounding board. This is her fifth year working at the writing center.

 

 

 

 

 

Psyche
Grad Student
English
Hi! I am in my second year here at UConn, in Rhetoric & Composition and Disability Studies. My research interests are writing anxiety and how to best to support writers with disabilities. I’ve worked in different writing centers for about 2 years. I am one of those odd birds that loves to read papers in all subjects–which is good, because I also teach First Year Writing. This is my fifth year teaching college English! Outside of school, I literally cannot stop reading and writing—I love fantasy & speculative fiction, and I do both creative and academic writing. I live with the two most magnificent cats in all of creation, and I love chocolate and coffee; I spend way too much time catching Pokemon.

 

 

 

Ruth
Graduate Student
English
As a PhD student, Ruth focuses on writing studies, with a particular interest in writing program administration and digital and multimodal composition. She’s been a tutor in the Writing Center for six years here at UConn, and she brings into the Writing Center her experience in both academic and creative writing and hopes to be able to connect strategies from both in her own writing and in her tutoring. She also worked for two years in the Writing Center at Pepperdine University before moving cross-country for graduate school. In her free time (not that grad students have much of that), she enjoys listening to and performing music, reading Hemingway novels, and drinking strong coffee.

 

 

 

Sarah
Graduate Student
English
Though Sarah spends most of her time teaching First-Year Writing courses at UConn, playing with her kittens, running, and reading fantasy novels, she’d much rather be living on a sheep farm in Ireland and spending her days drinking tea while staring through a foggy window at rain falling gently onto rolling green hills. The closest she can get to that reality is studying Irish literature and the Irish language as a part of her PhD. Sarah is a big fan of gay, lesbian, and queer Irish writers, but she also loves helping people grow as writers, thinking about how to improve writing centers, and experimenting with different writing and composing technologies. She is really excited to work with you!

Administrative Staff

Tom Deans
Director, Writing Center
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I’m a professor in the English Department, where I teach undergraduate courses in first-year writing, prose style, literature, and writing for community organizations, as well as graduate seminars in composition theory and writing across the curriculum. I’ve written books on the relationship of college writing to community engagement , plus a variety of articles and book chapters on composition, service-learning, writing in the disciplines, writing centers, writing assessment, literacy, sacred texts, and Shakespeare. I currently co-edit the Oxford Brief Guides to Writing in the Disciplines.

 

 

 

 

Kathleen Tonry
Associate Director, Writing Center

I joined UConn’s faculty and the Writing Center in the autumn of 2005 after earning my doctorate at the University of Notre Dame. My dissertation, on early print and late-late medieval literature, continues to inform my teaching and research in the English Department. My passion for very old books is only half my story, however.   On the way to my graduate degree I taught English at the University of Central Bohemia, worked in Ireland herding goats, and on the editorial staff at HarperCollins in New York. When I did arrive at graduate school to study medieval literature, I also found myself drawn to the work going on in writing programs, and particularly in Writing Centers. In the room that housed the Writing Center at Notre Dame I discovered a rush of interesting conversations all going on at once – from philosophy to history to physics – and all somehow related to writing. I realized I had found a kind of secret that was trying not to be a secret: Writing Centers are these wonderfully intellectual, interdisciplinary spaces, sometimes hushed, sometimes raucous, always engaging, and I was hooked. I spent the last year of my degree finishing my dissertation and working on a Writing Center project that fostered a high-school/university partnership in South Bend. I feel fortunate to be a “free-range” medievalist, with opportunities to think about the role of writing across the full breadth of the curriculum. I primarily focus on our undergraduate staff and tutoring services – precisely the place where I first heard the buzz of ideas that turned out to be about students and writing. I hope you’ll come in with your own questions, ideas and writing: we’ll talk.

 

 

 

margieMargie Ouimette
Program Assistant
Margie began working at UConn in 2007, after working at Eastern Connecticut State University and the University of Southern California. She enjoys the busy pace of the Writing Center and the broad range of interests and backgrounds each tutor brings to the writing center. It’s really exciting listening to tutors and writers discuss their writing and she hopes you will make an appointment and come see what we do!