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Salem

Major: Finance
Minor: Writing Studies

1st-Year Consultant

Hi! My name is Salem. I'm a second-year student at Seattle University, pursuing a degree 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; therefore, I'll be more than happy to work with on your writing in whichever of the two you prefer. I'm looking forward to working with you and learning from you all!

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Hidy Basta

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

Director

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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Charlotte

Major: Psychology

1st-Year Consultant

Hi! I'm Charlotte, and I'm a first-year writing consultant from Kent-ish, Washington. I'm a junior majoring in Psychology and involved with pre-law. I'm also a connoisseur in binging TV shows, and honestly, it should be a sport by now. My personality is basically derived from Brooklyn 99, but I have so many shows I love that I can't even pick a handful. 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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Mady

Major: English and Spanish

2nd-year consultant

Hi! My name is Mady, and I am a senior at SU studying Spanish and English Literature. Although I started working at the Writing Center my sophomore year, I spent my junior year studying abroad in Ireland and Mexico, and I am so excited to be back for my last year at the Writing Center! I truly love this job and its ability to use the writing process as a creative and educative force that brings people together. I hope to share that love of writing with you!

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Caroline

Major: Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies
Minor: Theology & Religious Studies

2nd-year consultant
Lead OA

My name is Caroline and I'm a second-year Writing Consultant and Office Assistant. I am a junior at Seattle University, majoring in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies and minoring in Theology & Religious Studies. I love going to the beach, reading, cooking, and knitting. I look forward to meeting you and helping you become a successful writer!

 

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Sarah D

Major: English and Math

2nd-Year Consultant

Hello! My name is Sarah and I am a senior double majoring in English and Math here at SU. As a writer, one of my greatest challenges has been getting started when the task seems insurmountable, but having someone along for the formative process helps me greatly. I look forward to working with you on whatever stage of the writing process you are at. 

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Frances

Major: Journalism and Film Studies

3rd-year consultant
Lead OA

Hi friends! My name is Frances and I'm one of the Lead Office Assistants! I am a senior from Sacramento, CA studying Journalism and Film Studies, and this is my third/final year working at the Writing Center. One day I hope to be the youngest person to win an Oscar for Best Director or the editor of The New York Times; for now, I love watching sci-fi movies, seeing my favorite artists live, eating great food at restaurants, and hanging out with my friends. I am so excited to meet all of you and embark on the long but rewarding journeys of writing!

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Sabrina

Major: Humanities for Teaching and English

1st-Year Consultant

Hi! I'm Sabrina, and I'm a 2nd year Humanities for Teaching and English double major from the San Francisco Bay Area. I use she/her/hers pronouns, and I'm the Vice President of the Mock Trial. 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 or watch Netflix in my dorm room. My favorite show is Criminal Minds and anything binge-worthy. Come say hi and recommend me your favorite shows and songs!

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Grace

Major: English Literature and Interdisciplinary Arts

2nd-Year Consultant

Hi my name is Grace, and I am a third year here at Seattle University. I am an English literature and Interdisciplinary Arts double Major from Spokane. You will most likely see me with a coffee or alternate form of caffeine in my hand as it is my immediate life source. I am happy to be working the the writing center for my second year and excited to work with you to find what makes you passionate about your writing!

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Kimberly

Major: Theatre and Psychology

1st-Year Consultant

Hello! My name is Kimberly and I am a second year majoring in Theatre and Psychology! I grew up here in Seattle and commute from home. I enjoy watching plays and musicals, playing the ukulele, going out and trying new food, and more! This is my first 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 judgement! 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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Karissa

Major: Journalism and Theology

1st-Year Consultant

Hello! My name is Karissa. I am currently a second year majoring in Journalism and Theology from Minnesota. I am a HUGE coffee and frog enthusiast and can be found cross-stitching or reading all over campus. Come stop by and say hi!

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Sarah M

Major: Computer Science

1st-Year Consultant

Hi, I'm Sarah! I'm a second year here at Seattle U and this will be my first year at the Writing Center. Technically, I'm pre-major, but I'm planning on declaring in computer science this year. I'm from San Clemente, CA, and in my free time, I love to go to the beach, read, and cook! I also love travelling, trying fancy coffee, and exploring new restaurants. As a kid, I loved writing, so I'm super excited to work at the Writing Center this year!

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Chloe

Major: Criminal Justice and Psychology

1st-Year OA

Hi! I'm Chloe! I'm a second year student studying Criminal Justice and Psychology. I'm from Boulder, Colorado, but Seattle is like a second home to me! I like to spend my free time hanging out with friends, watching movies, and exploring Cap Hill! Come chat any time about your favorite Criminal Minds episodes!

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Lily

Major: Strategic Communications
Minor: Fine Arts

1st-Year OA

Hi, I'm Lily! I'm a second year Communications student and this is my first year at the Writing Center. I'm originally from Portland, OR so if you're looking for someone to cheer on the Timbers instead of the Sounders, I'm your girl. I'm also the Programs Coordinator for the SU Debate Union. If I'm not at debate practice, I'm probably cooking, drawing, or watching action movies. Come stop by if you want to see endless pictures of my dogs!

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Mickey Rayment

Coordinator, Learning Commons Partnership

Phone: 206-398-4442

Building/Room: LEML 262

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Elena

Major: English (Literature) and Humanities
Minor: Writing Studies

1st-Year Consultant

Hi! My name is Elena, and I'm a junior 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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Sarah S

Major: Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies
Minor: Writing Studies

1st-Year Consultant

Hey there! My name is Sarah, and I’m a third 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 to meet you and work with you on your writing! You can also find me spending time with friends, baking, journaling, or enjoying a good cup of tea. Please come on by and say hi!

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Ali

Major: Psychology and Visual Arts

1st-Year Consultant

Hey babes! I'm Ali (she/her/hers) and I am so stoked to write with you! I'm a second year student originally from Portland, Oregon and I love to paint, draw, or make art of any kind. You can catch me working with the Queer People of Faith program in Campus Ministry, or holed up in the painting studio in the Fine Arts building. I am #super #nerdy, so come chat with me about anything Harry Potter and/or neuroscience related! 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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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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Rachel

Major: Communications and Computer Science
Minor: Writing Studies

2nd-Year Consultant
OA

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 almost always somewhere practicing with the rest of the SU Track & Field team or in my room cooking or binge-watching a TV show. I love to write and help others express themselves through words, and I'm very excited to be working with you! 

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Tara

Major: Strategic Communications
Minor: Political Science

1st-Year OA

Hi, I'm Tara! I am currently a fourth year Strat Comm major and an office assistant at the Writing Center. I'm from the Bay Area, but also have roots in England! When I'm not at work or class, you can find me reading, painting, watching soccer, or re-watching Fleabag for the umpteenth time. I look forward to meeting you all around the center!