Writing Center Team

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Andrea ScottAndrea Scott, Faculty Director

Andrea Scott is associate professor of academic writing (Ph.D., University of Chicago). Before coming to Pitzer in Fall 2013 (and earning tenure in 2019!), she taught in the Princeton Writing Program for five years, where she also served as an associate director. She has dedicated her career to teaching writing because she’s committed to helping students use their writing to participate in consequential conversations across the curriculum. Her current scholarship tackles two broad questions: how are writing cultures shaped by diverse social contexts? And how might we use the answers to this question to teach and tutor writing in new ways?  She hails from San Diego, considers Berlin her second home, and has lived and studied in many parts of the world, including Oakland, Chicago, Munich, Florence, and New York. She enjoys hiking, experimental poetry, and unusual perfumes (one of her favorites smells like books).

Stephanie Liu-Rojas, Assistant Director

Currently obtaining her Masters Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at USC, Stephanie is trained to work with international and multilingual students in writing and speaking. Cover letters, resumes, personal statements, and brainstorming are her favorite types of appointments. When she isn’t studying or researching ways to be more inclusive, diverse, and equitable in her teachings, Stephanie indulges in vegan chocolate, funny faces, fashion, traveling, nature, children’s adventure series, and a marvelous movie.

 

Soren AndersonSoren Anderson ’20, Fellow

Soren is a senior from Portland, OR. He’s currently studying Media Arts & Computer Science. He is well versed in creative, scientific, and analytical writing. However in his free time, he enjoys writing screenplays, making movies, drawing, roasting coffee, and playing bass. He is passionate about evolving technologies and the way they can help people create new stories.

Nicki Aquino ’21, Fellow

一道本不卡免费高清Nicki is a third year at Pitzer pursuing a self-designed major in Education and Community Engagement and a minor in Asian American Studies. Last semester, she spent the term at University of Hawai’i taking courses in the Hawaiian Studies department. Outside of school, she loves making zines, painting, and spending time with her 7 year old Chihuahua Mix.

Elinor Aspegren ’20, Head Fellow & Fellowship Specialist

Elinor is a senior from Palo Alto, California majoring in political studies and minoring in history. On campus, she is a member of the student newspaper; off campus, she likes yoga, photography and driving up to Mt. Baldy. She is excited to spend her third year in the writing center developing pedagogy to serve a wider variety of writers. She is interested in making meaningful writing connections with her fellow students and understanding how writing can effect social change.

Malaya Caligtan-Tran ’22, Fellow

Malaya Caligtan-Tran is a second-year student from Honolulu, Hawai’i. She’s pursuing a self-designed major incorporating land-based healing, indigenous knowledge, and public health. On campus, she is an IPMP mentor, Robert Redford Conservancy Fellow, and CAPAS staff member. Malaya sees writing as a form of community empowerment and liberation. She hopes to support and build confidence in writers of any level. In her free time, she enjoys cuddling with her cats and spending time with her friends.

Kendal Carr ’20, Fellow & Fellowship Specialist

Kendal is a senior majoring in Africana Studies and minoring in Sociology. As a Mellon Mays Fellow, their research focuses on race, gender, and sexuality on television. On campus, Kendal is a Student Senator on the Appointments, Promotions, and Tenure Committee. Kendal is excited to listen and learn from students while working towards the goal of enhancing their writing capabilities. Outside of the classroom and research, Kendal can be found watching too much television or making a Spotify playlist.

Yingying Chen 22′, Fellow

一道本不卡免费高清Yingying is a sophomore from Shenzhen, China. She is currently studying Media Studies and Cognitive Science with a focus on computer science. She is interested in how people acquire, process, and respond to information intakes on social media platforms. As an ESL student and linguistic lover, she believes that writing is a good way to both learn and learn from others.

Elly Cowan ’20, Fellow & Fellowship Specialist

一道本不卡免费高清Elly is a senior studying human biology and cross cultural health and healing. She has practice writing in the sciences and the humanities and appreciates the roles served by both. She most enjoys engaging the writer’s voice and bringing their work to life. She’s excited to connect and learn from those she works with this year.

Emily Dauwalder ’20, Head Fellow

Emily is a third-year New Resources Student double-majoring in Sociology and Dance. She grew up here in Claremont and, after graduating from high school, spent seven years working as a professional musical theater performer. She now works as a local dance teacher and choreographer for several schools and studios in LA County. As someone disconnected from academia for some years, Emily knows how intimidating writing can be. But she hopes to encourage other students and make writing more accessible for people of all ages, backgrounds, and disciplines.

Isabel Downes-Le Guin ’20, Fellow

Isabel is a senior from Portland, Oregon who is dual majoring in Creative Writing and Gender & Feminist Studies. She values words, in both creative and analytical capacities, as tools to effect change on the personal, interpersonal and global levels. Her most recent projects involved writing proposals and outreach materials while interning at Critical Resistance (a grassroots organization that strives to abolish the prison industrial complex) and workshopping a creative non-fiction piece that she wrote at the New York State Summer Writers Institute. In her spare time you can find her teaching yoga, rock climbing, running, reading, and working at the Pomona Farm.

Avalon Edwards

Avalon Edwards, Head Fellow & Fellowship Specialist 

Avalon is a senior currently studying Race, Gender, and Politics. She is excited to have the opportunity to learn from all of the writers she will meet at the Writing Center. When she isn’t studying, she spends her free time playing guitar, taking film photos, and occasionally writing poetry.

Bisma Farzansyed ’21, Fellow

Bisma is a junior from Chicago majoring in Biology and minoring in Asian American Studies. On campus, Bisma is involved in the Asian American Pacific Islander Coalition (APAC), First-Generation Club, Identity Board, and works at the Center for Asian Pacific American Student (CAPAS). She is passionate about learning about social justice and believes that writing can be used as a tool of empowerment to allow marginalized groups to be heard. In her free time, Bisma enjoys cooking, journaling, and spending time with her friends.

Grace Greene ’20, Head Fellow & Fellowship Specialist

一道本不卡免费高清Grace is a senior from Baltimore, Maryland and she is majoring in cognitive science and minoring in legal studies. She spent her third year studying abroad on the Pitzer in Italy and the Pitzer in Botswana programs where she revitalized her interest in language and cognition. During her time at Pitzer, Grace has also been an OA leader, an RA, an Academic Guide, a PAct programming assistant, a member of Black Student Union and Office of Black Student Affairs, and an assistant in the Advancement Office. When she is not in class or at work, she enjoys exercising, eating at Some Crust Bakery, and exploring beaches in Southern California.

Josh Hui ’22, Fellow

Josh is a sophomore from the Bay Area majoring in Sociology and Asian American Studies. On campus, he is involved in the Asian Pacific American Coalition, Jumpstart, and CAPAS. Regardless of genre, Josh is always striving to bring out other writers’ unique voices. He has the most experience in analytical writing, but he hopes to learn a lot more from all the people he will work with. Outside of school, Josh enjoys reading, finding new music, and playing video games.

Marina Kusumoto ’22, Fellow

Marina is a sophomore at Pitzer from Bangkok, Thailand. She hopes to major in Biochemistry with a minor in English and World Literature. When not in a science lab, Marina spends her time taking photographs, wandering in LA with her friends, or organizing college events with Pitzer Activities (PAct). She has had experience with creative, scientific and academic writing and is excited to meet new people and cultivate new experiences at the Writing Center.

Jessica MiaoJessica Miao ’21, Fellow

Jessica is a junior from Philadelphia, PA majoring in Biology and minoring in History. She hopes to one day improve accessibility and inclusivity in reproductive health as an ob/gyn. She recently studied abroad in Berlin and would love to chat in German! Through her work at the Writing Center, she is excited to learn about other students’ interests and writing styles at the Claremont Colleges. In her free time, she enjoys knitting, reading, and doing yoga.

Giang NguyenGiang Nguyen ’20, Head Fellow & Fellowship Specialist

一道本不卡免费高清Giang is a senior from Vietnam majoring in Mathematical Economics and Philosophy. Interested in how the financial market and business sector work, she wants to know how we can leverage our understanding of for-profit organizations to solve social injustice issues. Outside of class and Claremont, she takes advantage of every break to travel and meet new people. She looks forward to helping writers enjoy their writing process and be proud of their works.

Meghan O’Kelley ’20, Fellow & Fellowship Specialist

一道本不卡免费高清Meghan is a senior from Seattle, Washington majoring in Anthropology while concurrently studying the Italian language. She transferred to Pitzer from The Evergreen State College before beginning her junior year. After graduation, she plans to study food anthropology and gastronomy in Italy. She is especially passionate about personalized and creative academic writing and using different methods for all learning styles to engage, discuss, and write about complex subjects.

Mica Pachicano ’21, Fellow

I’m a junior born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. I plan on majoring in Science, Technology and Society with a minor in cognitive science. Outside of working as treasurer for the Latinx Student Union and being an IGLAS Fellow, I enjoy reading, watching youtube, exploring LA with my friends and trying new foods.

Nikki S. ’20, Fellow

一道本不卡免费高清Nicole is a senior New Resources Student majoring in Writing and Rhetoric. After graduating from high school, she spent several years working as a paralegal before returning to college. It is Nicole’s hope that by visiting the Writing Center, students can become more excited about the writing process and increasingly comfortable with their own work. She enjoys travel, hiking, and cooking, and endeavors to partake in these activities every chance she gets.

Natasha Wong ’22, Fellow

一道本不卡免费高清Natasha is a sophomore from Salt Lake City, Utah, who is planning to pursue a combined major in Political Studies and Economics. When she’s not working or studying you can find her dancing, climbing, and keeping up with the justice and education policies of her hometown. She is excited to serve as a resource for her peers and hopes to make the Writing Center a welcoming and accessible space.

Kay Wright ’21, Head Fellow

Kay is a junior majoring in Psychology here at Pitzer. He is returning for his second year at the Writing Center, hoping to bring positivity and encouragement to each session. Outside of academics, Kay is a president of LYBL Records which is the student-run record label he and his friends started in his sophomore yea