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Alexandra Smith

PhD, English

Assistant Director, Writing Center
Instructor, English

Phone: 206-296-5309

Building/Room: LEML 253

My research focuses on twentieth century multi-ethnic literatures of the United States with a specific interest in literatures that take up “the street” and urban space. I have taught a number of composition courses at a variety of institutions and am interested in theories of writing and writing pedagogy as well. I am also a founding member of Process: Journal of Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Scholarship, an online journal that publishes undergraduate work from around the world.

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Major: Psychology, BA and Sociology, BS

2nd-Year Consultant
Lead Mentor

Hey team! I'm Ali (she/her/hers) and I am so stoked to write with you! I'm a third year student originally from Portland, Oregon and I love to paint, draw, or make art of any kind. You can catch me working on retreats with Campus Ministry, on a hike around Seattle, or hanging out in my garage where I paint. I’d love if you came to chat with me about anything Harry Potter and/or neuroscience related, and I’m always looking for new podcast recommendations, so feel free to pass those along. Can't wait to meet you soon! 

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Major: History

1st-Year Consultant

Hello! My name is Bek and I’m a transfer student and senior this year. This is my first year working at the Seattle University Writing Center, but I have two years experience as a writing consultant from my previous community college. My major is History and I’m hoping to get my Masters In Teaching in the near future as well. I love storytelling, fantasy, and, of course, history— all of which involve some component of writing. I really look forward to working as a consultant again and can’t wait to meet lots of new people!

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Major: Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies
Minor: Theology & Religious Studies

3rd Year Consultant
Lead OA

Hello! My name is Caroline and I'm a third-year Writing Consultant and one of the Lead Office Assistants. I am a senior at Seattle University, majoring in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies and minoring in Theology & Religious Studies. I love going to local parks, reading, cooking, and knitting. I look forward to meeting you and helping you become a successful writer!

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Major: Psychology

2nd-Year Consultant

Hi! I'm Charlotte, and I'm a second-year writing consultant from Kent-ish, Washington. I'm a junior majoring in Psychology and on the pre-law track. I'm also a connoisseur in binging TV shows, and honestly, it should be a sport by now. Let's bond over shows (I bet that we'll have at least one in common)! I can't wait to meet all of you and I look forward to guiding you along your writing journey. 

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Major: Criminal Justice and Psychology, specialization in Forensic Psychology

2nd-Year OA

Hi, I'm Chloe! I'm a third year student at Seattle University studying criminal justice and psychology. I'm originally from Boulder, Colorado, but Seattle is a second home to me. You can usually find me watching movies, journaling, or driving around the Seattle area with my friends. I'm excited to help you in any way I can!


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Majors: Political Science, Creative Writing

1st-Year Consultant

Hi! I’m Eleanor and I’m a first year writing consultant from Portland, OR. I’m a sophomore here at Seattle University, majoring political science and creative writing. When I’m not in class, you’ll probably find me binging tv, baking, and hiking. I’m also a huge music nerd, so please give me your song recommendations. Looking forward to working and learning with you this year!

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Major: English and Humanities
Minor: Writing Studies

2nd-Year Consultant

Hi! My name is Elena, and I'm a senior from Phoenix, Arizona working towards a double degree in Humanities and English Literature, with a minor in Writing Studies. Basically, if writing isn't personally your favorite thing I guarantee my enthusiasm will be enough for the both of us. I have a soft spot for creative writing, but I'm happy to help with writing dilemmas you may have in any discipline. In the unlikely event that I'm not writing, you can find me drawing, hiking, playing Dungeons & Dragons, drinking copious amounts of tea, and doting on my growing collection of plants.

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Major: Cell and Molecular Biology

1st-Year Consultant

Hello, my name is Finola, and I'm a second year at SU, majoring in Cell and Molecular Biology. I'm from Portland, Oregon, and I am an avid enthusiast of coffee, video games, nature, and writing. I look forward to working with all of you, and hope to see you soon!

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Major: English Literature and Interdisciplinary Arts, focus in Visual Design

3rd-Year Consultant
Lead Consultant

I believe that everyone can find enjoyment in their writing with a topic that they are passionate about! I am excited to be able to continue to work at the center in a virtual setting, and I am especially looking forward to meeting and working with you to find your passion in your own writing! Most likely to be seen on synchronous appointments with a cup of coffee. It’s my thinking juice. 

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Hidy Basta

Ph. D. Language and Rhetoric, University of Washington 2010
MATESOL, University of Washington, 2001


Phone: 206-296-6453

I have a Ph.D. in Language and Rhetoric and an M.A.T. in  English to Speakers of Other Languages from the University of Washington. My research and teaching interests include critical discourse analysis, interdisciplinary writing, genre theory, language ideology and identity, bilingualism, and narrative analysis. I have taught several classes in service learning and the Interdisciplinary Writing Program at the University of Washington and at Antioch University.  Over the past few years, I directed the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Academic Support Lab at Antioch University Seattle.  My current research focuses on exploring the role of feedback on students’ writing and the role of peer consultations in facilitating creativity and risk-taking in academic writing. I enjoy good conversations and good food, hikes, camping under the stars, adventures with my family, and to varying degrees of helplessness: gardening and video games.

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Majors: English, Spanish

1st-Year Consultant
Languages: English, Tagalog, Spanish

Hello! My name is James and I am a second year English and Spanish major here at Seattle University. In addition to being a first year Writing Consultant, I am also a first year Resident Assistant for the Murphy Apartments. Outside of work and academics, I am a member of the SU United Filipino Club and a Eucharistic Minister at the Chapel of St. Ignatius on campus. In my free time I enjoy watching films of different genres, writing poetry, playing chamber music with my string quartet, and exploring the city of Seattle with friends. Growing up, I've always enjoyed writing, whether it be poetry or short stories. My passion for writing is constantly growing, and I hope to share this passion with you this year. Please know that I am always here as a friend and resource. I look forward to working with all of you. Happy writing!  

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Program: Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Graduate Consultant

Hi everyone! My name is Jin and I am a first year Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduate student. I recently just moved here from Bellingham where I got my undergrad in Psychology. During my time there I participated in multiple research projects, volunteered for nonprofit organizations, and played ultimate frisbee. Outside of working and studying I enjoy playing video games, hiking, and spending time with my dog. I am excited to be able to help you all in your writing needs!

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Major: Journalism and Theology

2nd-Year Consultant

Hello! My name is Karissa, and I'm a third year majoring in Journalism and Theology from Minnesota. I am a huge coffee and frog enthusiast! I also enjoy hiking, cross-stitching, and being outside in the sun. Come stop by and say hi!

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Major: Theatre
Minors: Psychology, Ethics

2nd-Year Consultant

Hello! My name is Kimberly and I am a third-year majoring in Theatre and minoring in Psychology and Ethics! I grew up here in Seattle (20 minutes away from campus on a good day). I enjoy watching plays and musicals, playing a string instrument or two, going out and trying new food, and more! This is my second year as a writing consultant and I am beyond excited to get to meet and work with all of you! Writing has been a skill that I love and have definitely grown in. It is something that has challenged and inspired me in many different ways. That being said, I am here as a resource for you and not a source of judgment! Wherever you are on your paper, we will work through it together. Come on by the Writing Center and let's chat!

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Major: Strategic Communications
Minor: Studio Art

2nd-Year OA
Lead OA

Hi y'all, I'm Lily! I'm a third-year Strategic Communications major and Studio Art minor. I'm originally from Portland, OR.This is my second year at the WC and I couldn't be happier!  When I'm not at work or studying, I'm somewhere drawing, cooking, writing, or doing anything creative. I also love a good true crime podcast or murder mystery show. If you ask me about my dogs, I'll show you way too many photos and tell you way too many stories so be prepared! 

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Major: Criminal Justice

1st-Year Consultant

Hi! My name is Maddy and I am a first-year writing consultant. I am from the San Francisco Bay Area and I am currently majoring in Criminal Justice. I love hanging out with friends and exploring the city! When I have extra time on my hands you can find me reading a good book, trying new recipes, or binge watching anything on Netflix. Stop by and let’s chat!

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Program: Education and Organizational Leadership and Development

Graduate Consultant
Languages: English, Spanish

Hi, my name is Meghan Vismara Benavides. I am a graduate consultant for the Seattle University writing center and a doctoral student in the Education and Organizational Leadership and Development program. I offer consultations in English, Italian, and Spanish. I earned my undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Saint Mary's of Notre Dame and my master's degree in Spanish Linguistics and Literature from Virginia Tech. For seven years, I was a teacher in the public school system, teaching 3rd, 5th, 6th, and 7th grades. In my free time, I love cooking, hiking, running, and playing with my fantastic puppy named Bruschetta!

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Mickey Rayment

Coordinator, Learning Commons Partnership

Phone: 206-398-4442

Building/Room: LEML 262

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Major: Computer Science (math specialization)
Minor: Writing Studies

3rd-Year Consultant
2nd-Year OA
Lead Social Media
Languages: English, American Sign Language

Hi! My name is Rachel and I'm originally from Puyallup, Washington, about five minutes from the state fairgrounds. If I'm not at the Writing Center, I'm working out, reading, playing video games, or doing homework. I love to help others express themselves through words, and I'm very excited to be working with you!

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Major: Humanities for Teaching and English

2nd-Year Consultant

Hi! I'm Sabrina, and I'm a 3rd year Humanities for Teaching and English double major from the San Francisco Bay Area. I use she/her/hers pronouns, and I'm a 2nd year Writing Consultant. My hobbies include climbing at Seattle Bouldering Project and jamming out to music. When I'm not studying, I like to spend time with friends, watch Netflix, and meet all the cute dogs on campus. I can't wait to meet you and help you tackle your paper!

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Major: Finance
Minor: Writing Studies

2nd-Year Consultant
Languages: English, Arabic

Hi! My name is Salem, and I'm a second-year Writing Consultant. I'll be a Junior this year, majoring in Finance with a minor in Writing Studies. In my free time, I enjoy watching movies and reading books. I have a particular interest in detective fiction; Agatha Christie is my all-time favorite writer, and Hercule Poirot is my favorite hero. I'm also fluent in both English and Arabic, and I'll be more than happy to work with on your writing in whichever of the two you prefer. I'm happy to be working at the Writing Center as a second-year Writing Consultant, and I'm looking forward to working with you and learning from you all this year!


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Sarah M

Major: Mathematics

2nd-Year Consultant
Lead Mentor

Hi, there! My name is Sarah, I use she/her pronouns, and I am a junior in the math department this year! I'll be minoring in environmental science, and I'm originally from San Clemente, California. I can usually be found sewing my own clothes (my favorite project has been making a corset), watching horror movies, or hanging out at the beach. Let's make an appointment together!

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Sarah S

Major: Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies
Minor: Writing Studies

2nd-Year Consultant

Hey there! My name is Sarah, and I’m a fourth year Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies major and Writing Studies minor. I’m from Albuquerque, New Mexico (shoutout to my Breaking Bad and High School Musical fans) and can usually be seen soaking up any sunshine we get here in Seattle. I'm so excited for my second year at the Writing Center and final year at SU! Feel free to come on down (or more like a virtual click away) as I'm honored to be a part of your writing process, whatever stage that may be. You can also find me spending time with friends, baking, journaling, or laughing up a storm (I'm a bit loud for the library, forgive me in advance!) I truly love this work and all of the people I get to share this job with, so I hope you come by soon and say hi!

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Major: English Literature and Finance

1st-Year Consultant

Hello! My name is Xav, and I am a first year writing consultant at SU studying English Literature and Finance. Some of my interests include baking, fitness, poetry, and table tennis. I am looking forward to working with and learning from you all this year!