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Who works at the Writing Center?

JAI DULANI holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Western Washington University, where he taught composition courses with a focus on adapting writing across genres, primary and secondary research, and revision. In addition, he is a professional grant writer, who has worked for multiple local and national non-profit organizations that focus on youth organizing, access to safe public space, discriminatory policing, media justice and racial equity. His articles have appeared in Teachers & Writers Magazine as well as Open City magazine of the Asian American Writers Workshop.

SARA ELKAMEL is a poet and journalist, living between her hometown, Cairo and New York City. She holds an MA in arts and culture journalism from Columbia University and is currently pursuing an MFA in poetry at New York University. Over the past 10 years, Sara has worked as a reporter and editor for several publications, among them The Huffington Post, The Guardian, and Guernica Magazine.

APRIL FREELY holds a BA from Brown University, an MFA in Nonfiction from the University of Iowa, and an MFA from NYU in Poetry. She has taught rhetoric and argumentation for seven years. Currently, April teaches essay composition through the Language and Thinking program at Bard College. She also specializes in grant writing: April has received fellowships and awards from Cave Canem, the Ohio Arts Council, Vermont Studio Center, Tulsa Artist Fellowship, and Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. She currently serves as the Nonfiction Editor at Washington Square Review.

CHAYA BABU is a South Asian American writer, journalist, artist, and educator based in Brooklyn. Her work focuses on power and oppression, cities, the body, foolishness, individual and collective healing, and more, and has been featured in or at The Margins, BuzzFeed, VICE, Open City, the Porter Gulch Review, GO HOME!, and Project for Empty Space, amongst others. She teaches classes on personal narrative, poetry, and reporting with Community Word Project and the School of the New York Times while she works on her first book.

DEAN KRITIKOS received his MA in English from St. John’s University, where he began his writing center career. He’s since consulted writers from various backgrounds in writing centers around NYC, and through freelance tutoring and editing. Dean especially enjoys engaging with theory and analysis in papers and cherishes opportunities to learn about social work alongside students in-session.

JENNIE MORRISON is a recent MSW graduate of Columbia School of Social Work and a current MA candidate at the Columbia Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, where she is studying oral history. She previously worked in non-profit and public education spaces, and during this time she gained experience with writing grant proposals, developing job descriptions, and reviewing resumes. While studying in the Advanced Generalist Practice & Programming (AGPP) method area, she gained additional experience with the written components of needs-assessments and program evaluations. Outside of this technical writing, Jennie enjoys reading reflective writing, including personal statements.

ADAM PELLEGRINI directs the CSSW Writing Center. He developed his understanding of rhetoric and writing pedagogy from years teaching in the first-year classroom, writing centers and community workshops. He has a professional and scholarly interest in exploring the overlap between direct social work practice and student-centered teaching in writing centers. He regularly draws inspiration from CSSW students, colleagues and curriculum.

KATE PENDOLEY completed her PhD in philosophy at The Graduate Center, CUNY in 2020. During her graduate work, Kate was a writing fellow at Bronx Community College and a writing consultant for graduate students at The Graduate Center. She has taught writing intensive philosophy courses for seven years and currently teaches philosophy at Hunter College.

GABRIELLE TANG has an MSW from Columbia School of Social Work, with concentrations in Public Policy and International Social Welfare. She has over a decade of experience working on issues of social justice – particularly the intersections of economic, gender, and racial justice – through the methods of direct services, philanthropy, strategic advocacy, and grassroots movement building. In addition to critical analyses of social justice issues, her writing experience includes grant proposal writing, field studies and scoping projects, strategic planning, and policy memos.

CHRISTIANA TAYLOR graduated from the Columbia School of Social Work in 2018 with a concentration in Advanced Generalist Practice and Programming. During her time at CSSW, she served as a PDSA Program Coordinator and Power, Race, Oppression, and Privilege (PROP) curriculum developer. She comes to the Writing Center with six years of program coordination, evaluation, and monitoring experience with an emphasis on advocacy and community organizing. She specializes in resume and cover letter reviews, advocacy writing, and research.