Who works at the Writing Center?

CHAYA BABU is a South Asian American writer and educator, recently relocated from New York to New Mexico. 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 spends her days running a sustainable goods boutique in Santa Fe while she learns about life in the Southwest, and she’s currently working on her first book manuscript.

KARIN E. CHRISTIAENS is a PhD candidate in Graeco-Roman archaeology at Columbia University. Her research analyzes how architectural spaces both shaped and were shaped by societal change. Karin has held fellowships with Columbia’s Center for Teaching and Learning and taught Art Humanities in the Core. After consulting for the Columbia Writing Center, she served as an inaugural fellow at the GSAS Writing Studio, piloting workshops, groups, retreats, and developing resources in support of dissertation writers. Karin enjoys working with writers to accurately represent their ideas in diverse genres, from personal statements and grants to more analytical or theoretical projects.

MISTEE DENSON is a 2018 graduate of Columbia School of Social Work and a current doctoral candidate at Tulane University. Her MSW concentration was in Advanced Generalist Practice and Programming with a focus on Contemporary Social Issues. She also obtained a minor in law and has worked extensively with justice involved individuals, which provided valuable experience in both legal research and writing. In addition, she has conducted research, designed and facilitated trainings, and served on various committees regarding the issues of power, race, oppression, privilege, and diversity. Through these activities, she gained extensive experience incorporating the PROP lens and concepts into various topics, assignments, and writings.

MICHAEL DRUFFEL is a PhD candidate in English literature at the Graduate Center, CUNY. He is an adjunct lecturer at the City College of New York, where he teaches composition and humanities classes, and has worked in the Graduate Center’s writing center as a writing consultant.

YONG GUN (YG) LEE Yong Gun (YG) Lee received his MSW (AGPP/CSI) and PhD (Advanced Research & Practice) from CSSW. As an early-career academic, YG is continuing to work on his writing, which he recognizes can be a complex, frustrating, and anxiety-provoking process. As a native of South Korea, YG also appreciates the extra effort required of non-native English speakers writing for English-speaking audiences.

SARAH GUAYANTE received her MA in English Literature from Yale, where she studied eighteenth-century travel writing and the early novel. She has taught classes in Literature of the American South and the Victorian Novel. Since 2013 Sarah has worked at a range of writing centers throughout the New York metropolitan area.

MARYBETH NAMETZ received her MSW from NYU, where she focused her learning on macro social work practice. While at NYU, Marybeth worked on clinical research projects that examined psychosocial pathways to substance use disorder progression and recovery. In addition, she was a graduate student reviewer for the MSW program’s curriculum revision effort. Currently, Marybeth collaborates on writing- and editing-intensive projects in digital marketing and fundraising at an international nonprofit headquartered in New York City. She is looking forward to getting to know students and supporting them in their academic journeys.

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.

CHERRANDA SMITH is a CSSW Class of 2017 alumna from Athens, Georgia. She concentrated in Social Enterprise Administration while at CSSW and served as events coordinator for the Black Caucus. Cherranda has served as a Writing Consultant since Fall 2018 and has experience in digital media, social impact, and community relations.