Meet Our Tutors

Tutor Biographies

Writing Consultants

Writing Fellows

Speaking Fellows


Writing Consultants

Claire Becker is a PhD student in the History Department. Their research focuses on the history of early modern Spain and the Iberian Atlantic, but they also love reading theory and have a background in Visual and Cultural Studies. Claire’s strengths lie in the humanities, but they are open to working with writers in any discipline and at any stage in the writing process.
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Tessa Brunnenmeyer is a PhD student in the Philosophy department and is interested in the history of Early Modern Philosophy and historical methodology. She loves tutoring because she gets to learn about so many different disciplines and ideas from her tutees. She specializes in argumentative writing but is happy to help in any discipline, at any stage of the writing process. Her overarching goal is to help tutees find more confidence in their writing that they can take with them into the future.
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Jacob Carter is a second year PhD student in Visual and Cultural Studies who focuses on film and media studies. He specializes in first-year writing, argumentative writing, and visual analysis but enjoys helping writers from any discipline. He likes the collaborative aspects of tutoring and looks forward to working with tutees to clarify and develop their ideas.
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Claire Corbeaux is a first year PhD student in the English Department. Although she studies English, she minored in physics as an undergraduate and hopes to be able to use her interdisciplinary training to assist students in their writing across disciplines. Claire enjoys working with writers and feels happiest when reflecting on the growth that she and the writers she works with have made through the tutoring process.
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Caitlin Davie studies Mental Health Counseling at the Warner School of Education. She graduated from the University of Rochester, where she tutored was a Writing Fellow and worked as a writing studies research assistant. In her sessions, Caitlin hopes to help students learn the communication skills that will help them in the long-term, in addition to having an improved short-term assignment. She feels happiest when writers walk away with the tools and knowledge to make informed future writing decisions with confidence.
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Erin Francisco has a background in Environmental Humanities and 20th-Century American Literature. She loves talking about persuasive writing and classical rhetoric. She especially enjoys helping writers working on personal statements and application essays for graduate school, internships, and fellowship programs.
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Emily Lowman is a PhD student in the English Department. Her background is in English and Psychology and she teaches rhetoric-based courses for the WSAP. She enjoys working with students from all disciplines, and specializes in argumentative papers and humanities-based writing.
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Onesmo Mushi is a first-year PhD student in Curriculum and Teaching. His research interest is in multilingual writers’ academic publishing. He has a background in TESOL and enjoys working with writers from different cultural and disciplinary backgrounds. He believes in writing as a process of becoming, thus approaching tutoring sessions as an opportunity for the writer and the tutor to learn and grow. 
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Liz Phinney is a first-year chemistry PhD student who most enjoys working with students on scientific writing, but she also has fun working through/discussing other types of writing. Her hope is that by mentoring others she will in turn become a better mentor herself.
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Xinyue Wang is a doctoral student in the Ed.D. in Counseling program at the Warner School. She has backgrounds in Communication Studies, English, and Educational Psychology. She has been mainly working with international students since her undergrad. She is interested in understanding international students' experiences and fostering the development, well-being, and sense of belonging for the student population in higher education settings. She loves writing and working with people from diverse backgrounds. Being a writing consultant, she enjoys exchanging ideas and generating new ideas, as well as learning and growing with other writers.
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Alice Wynd is a history PhD student who studies the early modern Atlantic and public history. She is interested in how archaeology and museum exhibit design can tell the stories of people not recorded in the archive and bring history to a wider audience. As a tutor, she enjoys reading pieces from other disciplines and learning new things about writing from the students she works with.
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Writing Fellows

Keerthi BanothuEnglish and Anthropology
During my academic career, I have written many argumentative essays and rhetorical-analysis based pieces alongside more unconventional modes such as blog posts.
What I enjoy most about tutoring is working with students at all stages of the writing process. As a Writing Fellow, nothing is more fulfilling than seeing my peers walk out of a tutoring session feeling more confident and inspired to write than when they first walked in.
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Fluent in Telugu

Katie BrounBiomedical Engineering; Minor in Optics
Writing in different styles is something that used to scare me, but viewing writing as a process and breaking it down into smaller parts makes it feel more manageable. I now enjoy this growth as a tutor and student alike; I find it rewarding to help students with all kinds of writing, no matter what stage of the process they are in and help them to see writing through a new lens. 
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Evan ColemanEnglish: Language, Media, & Communication and Business; Minor in Legal Studies 
Programming Coordinator
Writing, to me, has always been the easiest way to translate the thoughts I have into something tangible. What I enjoy the most about tutoring is diving into that gray area that exists within writing with my tutee. By doing this, we are able to evolve a piece and push it towards the best possible direction.

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Winifred Dorlean - Chemistry
Writing was never of interest to me until my last two years of high school. During this time, I enrolled in heavy rhetoric-based writing classes, and I was also exposed to different types of literature. During these formative/transitional years, I was inclined to engage in writing more frequently; when I got to the U of R, I was excited to become a Writing Fellow, so I could help others perfect their craft and become successful writers! One part I enjoy about tutoring is helping a tutee create their action plan! After an hour of tutoring, it can be difficult to know "what's next" and I enjoy playing a role in clearing up that uncertainty!
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Jerry DulluogHealth, Behavior, and Society
I'm experienced with both creative writing and argumentative essays. I enjoy helping my peers express their ideas through writing.
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Megan Emery - History and Linguistics; Minor in French
President

"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." -Benjamin Franklin

I relish tutoring because there is no greater feeling than accompanying a student through the learning process. As a peer tutor, I want to encourage students to feel confident taking control of their own educations, and interact with them to cultivate an environment of mutual growth.
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Fluent in French

Madison EspositoCreative Writing and History; Minor in Psychology
For me, I have always found that the best way to get through writer's block is to talk everything out! I love that being a tutor gives me the chance to talk about writing with a lot of different people, and that we all are able to learn from each other!
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Elizabeth Garijo-GardeMusic and Public Health
I've always loved writing and expressing myself through writing, so getting to collaborate with peers on their pieces and watching their ideas come to life is incredibly rewarding!
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Conversational in Spanish

Geneva HinksonPolitics, Philosophy, and Economics; Minor in Sustainability Studies
I swim in analytical and argumentative circles most days—philosophy, economic theory, political philosophy, law, history. For me, writing is a fight for courage and for clarity. It is a daunting project to externalize an idea on the page. As a writing fellow, I enjoy helping my peers in their versions of this fight.
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Abby JohnsonCreative Writing and Psychology
I love working on brainstorming and organization! Figuring out the best way to get your point across is so satisfying. I value a conversational tutoring style, and I find that getting away from the page and the pressure of writing can make it easier to come up with ideas.
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Grace LeeMicrobiology; Minor in Health Policy
One thing I love about writing is its ability to communicate identity through voice. It's so rewarding to be let in on that process with my peers, and I hope to encourage others to grow as communicators through writing.
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Ruchita MakhunFinancial Economics
From a young age, I devoured books, exploring numerous realms outside the real world. This sparked a passion for creative writing, making me want to become a Writing Fellow. I love being able to help others pour their thoughts on paper to battle writer's block and feel confident in doing so. Writing is all about expressing yourself and I wish to let others know that too!
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Fluent in Mauritian Creole, French; Business Proficient in Hindi

Emma MarderPsychology; Minors in Brain & Cognitive Science and French
My favorite part of sessions, and of writing in general, is watching a whole piece grow and evolve from an idea, so being able to collaborate with tutees on this process is such a joy. I also adore diction, as finding the perfect word or phrase to convey exactly what you're trying to say is one of the most satisfying feelings language can give us.
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Kendall MillerEcology & Evolutionary Biology; Minor in Anthropology
I love being a Writing Fellow because writing has always been a way for me to fully express myself and I love the opportunity to help others do the same through tutoring. I enjoy meeting so many new people with really fascinating ideas and talking through your writing! And there is nothing more satisfying than your final piece coming together and seeing your voice and ideas come through!
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Katie O’LearyBiology and East Asian Studies
For me, tutoring is so rewarding because I love helping writers walk out of the session more confident and feeling better about their writing. I strive to help writers find their voice, while helping them enjoy the process.
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Hannah OttPolitical Science and Philosophy
I've always found that writing is the best way for me to express myself and get my voice out, and I want to be able to help other people utilize that. I think that peer tutoring is a great way to take some of the pressure off of writing, and just be able to have a conversation with someone from an outside perspective!
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Emily PetersComputer Science
My favorite part of tutoring is acting as an audience for the writer. It can often be hard to imagine someone responding to your work when writing alone, and I enjoy being able to help writers see their pieces as a conversation within a larger community. 
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Quynh Anh (Angie) PhamDigital Media Studies & Computer Science
Advertising Coordinator

Writing is hard - and that's okay! Let's talk it out! I view tutoring as accompanying a fellow student on a journey to take control of their writing process, become more confident, and come to their own voice.
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Fluent in Vietnamese

Mahnoor RazaEnglish Literature, Political Science
Vice President

My favorite thing about tutoring is seeing writers realize the value of their work while also gaining an understanding of how it has the potential to evolve. I hope to be a useful resource for fellow students and create a safe space for them to be vulnerable, experimental, and confident in their writing.
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Fluent in Urdu

James Sheinbaum Psychology
Writing is, for me, both a fantastic way to be introspective and communicative. I can learn about myself as I write, and I can also express a point. I think that there is a lot of personal power in being able to express yourself and develop your arguments.
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Michelle ShuaiPhilosophy and Health Policy
As someone who enjoys writing, I hope to make writing more accessible and enjoyable for everyone, regardless of what they study. Although writing can be hard, it is an ultimately rewarding experience!
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An Vo - Biochemistry
What I enjoy most about tutoring is that I get to learn so much about other disciplines and their people through reading the pieces of writing that fellow students bring to me. I hope to just have conversations with students about what they're writing and accompany them through the writing process from brainstorming through the final draft.
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Fluent in Vietnamese

Nghi Vo Business: Finance & Business Analytics
Hi everyone! I'm Nghi, a Junior majoring in Business: Finance and Business Analytics tracks. I enjoy tutoring as a way to be there for my fellow students who might be needing any additional support, and I gain an immense sense of joy in learning about my learners' perspectives through their writing. I cannot wait to see everyone, and really look forward to a productive semester ahead!
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Evan VolkinEconomics and Business Analytics
TA/Recruitment Chair

An individual journey, the writing process is different for everyone. I love helping students with all stages of the writing process, from brainstorming ideas to honing final drafts, in a collaborative and welcoming environment.
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Jack WhiteNeuroscience; Minor in Chinese and Clinical Psychology
One of my favorite things about tutoring is being able to facilitate the writing process for students from all kinds of backgrounds here. I love being able to share that there's so much more to understand and learn from writing if you put your mind to it!
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Speaking Fellows

Sonali Bello American Sign Language and Psychology; Minor in Brain and Cognitive Sciences 
I love confidence and helping people learn how to feel it, being a Speaking Fellow puts me in a unique position to provide the tools to people to teach themselves how to become their most articulate and confident selves.
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Charlotte IrwinNeuroscience and Psychology
I became a Speaking Fellow because I wanted to help people build confidence and find their unique public speaking voices.
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Garrett BriggsPolitical Science
I love connecting to others through listening to what they are passionate about, and being a Speaking Fellow is a great way to do that. I also enjoy helping out with otherwise intimidating things like interview preparation or public speeches. Watching someone build confidence or improve in other ways is a really rewarding process to be apart of.
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Ariel HirschhornComputer Science; Minor in Film
I am a computer science major and film minor, as well as a part of the Take 5 program, where I'll be studying studio art and gender studies. What I enjoy most about tutoring is learning from my tutees about new topics and helping them build confidence in their knowledge!
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Juju Montes - Music Cognitive Science
I have always been a performer and used to be involved in several singing competitions that sometimes included singing songs in languages I did not fully understand, like Latin, Swahili, and German. This made it harder for me to fully express what the song was about through my singing because I did not have enough time to learn exactly how those languages were sang or spoken. I was able to overcome this challenge by using my body movements to express what songs were saying when singing wasn't fully able to express the song alone. I was only able to learn how to achieve this by reaching out to my peers for help and opening myself up to constructive feedback, the same way I did when learning how to become a speaking fellow because I am passionate about helping my peers achieve their goals too :)
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Fluent in Spanish

Christin NapierkowskiMathematics
I am an undergraduate sophomore working towards degrees in mathematics and teaching & curriculum. Even though I am a STEM major, I have always been passionate about language and communication, especially since I intend to pursue a career in education. I love being a tutor because I enjoy helping others in any way I can, especially with something as vital and interesting as the spoken word.
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Charles Ndlovu - Business and Finance 
Hi, it's your boy Charles!  I am a business major with a keen interest in Investment banking.  When tutoring, I love watching the progression from beginning to end of the session.  Comparing where someone starts with a project or presentation to the progress they make by the end of the session is so fulfilling.  It reminds me that if you put in an effort, change or improvement can happen without you even realizing it.
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Fluent in Ndebele, Zulu

Ha Nguyen (An) Business Information System and Political Science
My background in Political Science and Business Information System means I have to learn to communicate complex ideas, maybe a political ideology or an algorithm, in an accessible and engaging manner. That's why I have become fascinated by the power of words, especially as we engage and exchange ideas. So I hope through tutoring, I can empower students to also effectively advance their ideas, whether it's through a speech, a presentation or a conversation.
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Fluent in Vietnamese

Jacob Walters - Political Scienceand Psychology
I absolutely love being a speaking fellow. I've always found practice to be the key to public speaking. Everyone can benefit from practicing in front of a low-pressure audience and I love being that audience for others.
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Karla ZendejasEconomics
Speaking Fellows President

I love being a speaking fellow because I used to really struggle with public speaking. Being a speaking fellow I get to help others overcome a lot of the same issues I had and see my tutees grow!
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Fluent in Spanish