A statement from the St. John's University Writing Center:
As a Catholic and Vincentian university that values our internal and surrounding communities, we must continue to activate these core values that define us as an institution. At this present time, it is of great importance to support our diverse student body. We believe every department has a pivotal role to play in the fight to end police brutality and systemic racism; the time to act is now. The series of events that have occurred (globally, nationally, and within our St. John’s community), call for an amplified ethics of care, one that the University Writing Center pledges to embody. In the weeks to come (and moving forward), we ask that faculty members proceed in ways that exercise this care regarding the various identities and lived experiences of St. John’s University students. Extended deadlines, revised syllabi, and other reasonable course adjustments should be considered. Before students are writers, they are friends, sisters, brothers, daughters, and sons; they are people. We as consultants, pledge to prioritize the physical and emotional well-being of our student body, and re-establish our virtual and physical space as one in which our students can freely express themselves. We believe in the power of words, and we will use ours to support you. We stand with our Black student body. #BlackLivesMatter
As a Catholic and Vincentian university that values our internal and surrounding communities, we must continue to activate these core values that define us as an institution. At this present time, it is of great importance to support our diverse student body. We believe every department has a pivotal role to play in the fight to end police brutality and systemic racism; the time to act is now.
The series of events that have occurred (globally, nationally, and within our St. John’s community), call for an amplified ethics of care, one that the University Writing Center pledges to embody. In the weeks to come (and moving forward), we ask that faculty members proceed in ways that exercise this care regarding the various identities and lived experiences of St. John’s University students. Extended deadlines, revised syllabi, and other reasonable course adjustments should be considered.
Before students are writers, they are friends, sisters, brothers, daughters, and sons; they are people. We as consultants, pledge to prioritize the physical and emotional well-being of our student body, and re-establish our virtual and physical space as one in which our students can freely express themselves. We believe in the power of words, and we will use ours to support you. We stand with our Black student body. #BlackLivesMatter
During the Fall 2020 semester, our staff will be hosting online tours, developing online events and offering two types of consultations: online (synchronous) and e-tutoring (synchronous) sessions only. Face-to-Face sessions will not be available at this time. We look forward to collaborating with you!
Our Mission Statement
Our mission at the University Writing Center is to collaborate with writers across disciplines, levels of experience, and backgrounds at St. John’s, and to adapt our services as campus responds to COVID-19. We consider it our role to foster the diversity of writers and writing practices represented within our University community. Our philosophy is guided by a commitment to social justice and to the cultivation of equitable learning environments for people of all linguistic, racial, cultural, gender, and sexual identities. We work with all writers to develop and strengthen their critical thinking, rhetorical awareness, written expression, and writing processes.
Our Writing Center Consultants are undergraduate and graduate students of various majors trained to support writers across the five Colleges that make up St. John’s. As a community, our consultants work together to sustain collaborative learning practices both in and beyond face-to-face, e-tutoring and online writing consultations. Consultants also conduct their own research based on their work at the Writing Center, often presenting at regional and national conferences focused on composition and writing studies. With their leadership, the Writing Center continuously hosts tours, workshops, and collective writing events. Together, we aim to learn, stay in conversations, and engage in practices that enact our social justice initiatives.
How Our Sessions Work
All sessions between consultants and writers emphasize collaboration. Rather than "fixing" or "correcting" papers, consultants engage in conversation to spur the writer's self-reflection and critical thinking about techniques for planning, drafting, revising, and editing. Together, they discuss and practice strategies for navigating the writing process, foregrounding the writer's active role in finding expression for their ideas.
We offer three types of sessions: face-to-face, online, and e-tutoring. Face-to-face sessions are available only when campus is open to students. Each session lasts a full hour. In the first forty-five minutes, the writer collaborates with a consultant, and in the last fifteen, the consultant produces a client report form that summarizes what was achieved in the session. Face-to-face sessions are conducted in person at the University Writing Center. Online appointments are live sessions that allow the writer to interact with a consultant through a chat interface. E-tutoring allows the writer to upload their document and have it returned with comments and suggestions. Online and e-tutoring sessions are particularly suitable options for distance-learning students and commuters.
To Make an Appointment:stj.mywconline.com
Location: St. Augustine Hall (University Library), Room 150
Contact: 718-990-2171 or [email protected]
Hours of Operation:
Monday/Wednesday: 9 a.m.- 8 p.m.
Tuesday/Thursday: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Stephen Sicari, PhD
Professor, Department of English
Interim Associate Director:
Doctoral Candidate/Instructor, Department of English
Alexa Claudio | Undergraduate Writing Consultant | St. John’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
I am a fourth-year English major at SJU. Writing has played a large role in my life since I was a small child and working at the writing center has taught me all over again why writing is so vital. Being able to encourage and work with other young writers has been one of my greatest experiences at St. John’s. The Writing Center is an inclusive space for the birth of new ideas and conversations about writing. Through my work I aim to spread my love for writing and help others realize how powerful our voices are. See you at the Writing Center!
Amira Hassan | Undergraduate Writing Consultant | St. John’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
I’m a junior majoring in Government & Politics and minoring in Legal Studies. I believe that a picture is worth a thousand words which is why I used art to express myself. Whenever I’m not painting or drawing, I love to grab my pencil and write about anything that crosses my mind. My background in government and law has helped me develop my research and analytical skills in writing. Additionally, art has allowed me to use my creative outlet in my writing style. As a consultant, I have learned the importance of preserving the author’s unique style of expression while assisting them with rules of grammar. Hope to see you soon!
Cristina Artis | Undergraduate Writing Consultant | St. John’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
As a senior biology major with a minor in psychology, I often don’t have the space or time to explore writing in the capacity that I truly enjoy. Getting this opportunity in my junior and senior year to experience working with faculty and staff as a member of Writing Across Communities and with students at the University Writing Center allows me the opportunity to discuss important pedagogy and writing styles when it comes to race, language and culture.
Diana Arena | Undergraduate Writing Consultant | St. John’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
I’m a current senior English major working towards my Master’s degree. I’ve always enjoyed reading more so than writing, which drove me to seeking a position within the UWC as a consultant in Spring 2019. As a consultant, I have gained invaluable knowledge on the importance of retaining the author’s voice, along with brushing up on my own English skills. The skills I have learned throughout my time as a consultant are skills I hope to apply one day when I become an editor.
Ellie Myers | Undergraduate Writing Consultant | St. John’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
As a junior English and Spanish double major, I have been working at the Writing Center since my freshman year. On campus, I am a part of the Ozanam Scholars Program, the Sequoya Literary Magazine, and the St. John’s Yearbook! Because of my experience copy-editing, I value technical professionality in writing, but I am passionate about poetry and breaking rules, so my approach to writing is creatively focused, too! As a consultant, I am passionate about shaping creative voices and ensuring inclusivity, and I am working on researching how to make our space more inclusive to the LGBTQ+ community.
Emily D’Alessandro | Undergraduate Writing Consultant | The School of Education
Hi everyone! My name is Emily and I am a senior at the University Writing Center. I have worked here since the spring semester of my freshman year and have loved every minute of it. Writing has always helped me express and develop my ideas to their fullest extent, so being able to help my peers achieve the same goal has been so fulfilling! My favorite sessions are when a client wants to brainstorm; I love assisting in the discussion, organization, and wording of their ideas. I am also involved in research on disability access in the Writing Center, as well as managing our social media pages. I love reading for pleasure, especially memoirs and mystery novels!
Frank Coniglio | Undergraduate Writing Consultant | The Peter J. Tobin College of Business
I am a Sophomore Accounting major here at St. John’s. Having worked as an Undergraduate Writing Coordinator for Writing Across Communities for the past year, I have been exposed to invaluable experiences and information from faculty and students across various departments at St. John’s. My time in WAC helped me to gain many new perspectives on literature and discourse. In this new position, I hope to help students find their voices through writing, discussion, and thought.
Jade Colon | Undergraduate Writing Consultant | The Lesley H. and William L. Collins College of Professional Studies
I am a senior majoring in Legal Studies. I previously worked as an WAC Undergraduate Writing Coordinator for 2 years, and in that position I too was awarded experiences in disrupting the hierarchy between faculty and students. Our philosophy involved and supported equal partnerships between various communities, labor based grading and diverse writing styles for example. Within this role as a University Writing Consultant in the University Writing Center, I hope to encourage those same principles as well as advocacy in writing.
Jariah McFadden | Undergraduate Writing Consultant | The Lesley H. and William L. Collins College of Professional Studies
Hey I’m Jariah! I’m a senior consultant and I’ve been working at the Writing Center since the beginning of my sophomore year. As I was growing up, I felt my loudest on paper. Creative writing helped me find my voice and my journal was (and is) a safe haven for me. I believe that language can build bridges, construct channels that lead to understanding, and it’s a medium that we can utilize to assemble our individual and collective megaphones. I look forward to collaborating with you and helping you reach your goals as a writer!
Jaymi Leah Grullón | Undergraduate Writing Consultant | St. John’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
I am currently a B.A./M.A. English student with a minor in Creative Writing. I have written primarily poetry and non-fiction throughout my life as a writer. I also was involved with St. John’s first slam team and competed at the College Union Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI) for two consecutive years. Writing is a personal act, whether that be a diary entry, a homework assignment, a resume, or a personal essay. What I would hope for writers I consult with is to encourage them to find their own voice in writing and to give that writing purpose.
Laura Rapp | Undergraduate Writing Consultant | The Lesley H. and William L. Collins College of Professional Studies
I’m a senior Communication Arts major with a minor in International Studies. I’ve worked at the University Writing Center since the end of my freshman year, and I can honestly say it is my favorite thing about St. John’s! My work at the Writing Center has opened me up to so many perspectives and writing styles that I probably never would have known about without this experience. I love reading non-fiction novels (my favorite is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks) and advocating for equality for LGBTQ+ and BIPOC individuals!
Princewill Uviovo | Undergraduate Writing Consultant | The Peter J. Tobin College of Business
Hello everyone! I’m a senior and my major is Economics. I’m currently enrolled in the five years program.I began working at the Writing Center the spring semester of my sophomore year. My time here has been very insightful and full of life! Everyday at the Writing Center is always a learning experience for me. My objective as a Writing Center consultant is to have a hands on, collaborative approach with my clients. I also try to ensure the voice and tone of my clients is reflective in their work. Everyone is different and our uniqueness is what makes us stand out! I want that uniqueness to be shown in the work we do here. I live reading books centered on critical thinking. One book I’m really fond of is ‘Think Big Grow Rich’ by Napoleon Hill.
Roshni Shukla | Undergraduate Writing Consultant | The Lesley H. and William L. Collins College of Professional Studies
Everyone’s experiences and writing styles are unique so my writing philosophy is that there is no one writing philosophy! I’m all about asking questions, engaging different parts of the brain, and drawing out creativity and self-expression. I have active initiatives in career-focused writing and accommodating students however they need. I am passionate about helping people communicate diverse experiences in writing and am a firm believer in active listening and critical thinking. See you at our next session!
Samantha Wanderer | Undergraduate Writing Consultant | The Lesley H. and William L. Collins College of Professional Studies
I’m a journalism major and I have always loved writing creatively! I am interested in fantasy literature after taking a course on the subject sophomore year. I am a part of the Social Media team as well and love showcasing the talent we have at the center! I also have a passion for examining how gender, race, and culture impact writing and how we as consultants can serve students of all backgrounds!
Savanna Schaefer | Undergraduate Writing Consultant | The Lesley H. and William L. Collins College of Professional Studies
Hi everyone! I love writing fantasy novels, and I’m even working on one right now to hopefully publish in the future. As a consultant, one of the things I strive to do is make sure that our clients feel comfortable and confident in their writing throughout our sessions. Every writer has their own style, and it’s so cool to collaborate with different styles of it. Writing is limitless, and it’s always interesting to collaborate with different writers at different stages. What I love about our community is how warm and welcoming it is to every writer that stops by! I can’t wait to start collaborating with you all soon!
Selines Sanchez | Undergraduate Writing Consultant | St. John’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Hello Everyone! I have always loved to write and read. Some of my favorite genres include horror, crime/mystery, catharsis, and romance. Becoming an Undergraduate Writing Consultant was the luckiest opportunity I've been given at St. John’s. Being able to help others learn and do what I love everyday is truly a privilege. It is such a welcoming space and I've learned so many new styles, approaches, and writing techniques. What I love most is the diligence of our staff and determination to make our space the best it can be. I can’t wait to connect with other students!
Tamika Lewinson | Undergraduate Writing Consultant | The Lesley H. and William L. Collins College of Professional Studies
Writing is always changing and evolving. There is not one specific way that everyone should be writing. I believe everyone has their own approach and style. As a consultant, I actively assist in having a writer’s voice illuminate through their work. During sessions, we work together to deliver your ideas the best way you can. I welcome all writers from all walks of life. Every session is a safe space for everyone. I’m looking forward to collaborating with you in our sessions!
Thomas Boehrer | Undergraduate Writing Consultant | St. John’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Hello! My name is Tom and I am a senior at St. John’s University studying English and French. I am a lover of language, and my interests lie in discussing, understanding, and challenging what is commonly conceived as “good” or “proper” writing in both academic settings and beyond. Helping others to develop and maintain their voices through writing is a deeply personal and important process for me. My job as an Undergraduate Writing Consultant allows me to immerse myself in an encouraging space where I can perform this work with others.
Winifred Edjeani | Undergraduate Writing Consultant | St. John’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
I am a senior majoring in Government and Politics. This is my second semester working at the Writing Center and this place feels like home. I was first exposed to creative writing at the age of 6 when I was determined to write a book about my father. I guess that drive to hopefully write a book and learn as much as I can through people’s written stories and literary work drove me to St. John’s University Writing Center community.
Zoe Weinberg | Undergraduate Writing Consultant | St. John’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Hi, I’m Zoe! I’m studying English, International Studies, and I am currently a pre-Law student. My interest in writing stems from creative work, and this year I am the Vice President of St. John’s poetry club, Food for Thought. You may have caught one of my slam performances on campus in the past! I am currently interested in learning about the power structures that arise when teaching and learning about language. Through my work in legal studies, I hope to find applicable ways to decolonize language in the professional world, and in academia.
Alexa Hempel |Graduate Assistant | The Peter J. Tobin College of Business
I am a St. John’s alum finishing up my graduate coursework in data science, with an undergraduate degree in marketing. My love for writing encouraged me to find a home at the University Writing Center my sophomore year of college! Since then, I have had the opportunity to explore English research and help to develop the voice of other writers. I am interested in the use of rhetoric and compositional studies, pushing the boundaries of academic writing and practicing self-expression through language.
Roshny Roy | Graduate Assistant | St. John’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
I am an English major and a multilingual who believes in creating a space that is racially and linguistically just. My writing philosophy, in aligning with the same, is to always remind ourselves and others of the individuality in writing by being aware of the various Englishes that exist. As a consultant, I have the opportunities to think, read, and engage in conversations about translanguaging and code-meshing. Moreover, collaborating with people who bring their fresh perspectives and lived experiences, be it to a session or a project, brings me immense joy.
Soannie Maldonado | Graduate Assistant | St. John’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
I’m currently a graduate student in English with a focus on literacy and it’s power dynamics. As a consultant, I feel like it's essential to keep the writer I’m collaborating with in mind. Due to the fact that everyone is different, someone may want to focus more on grammar or just have someone to bounce ideas from. I will do my best to keep that balance while incorporating one's voice in their work. Whether it be creatively or academically, I hope to collaborate with many in a way that encourages them to write within a safe environment.
Colleen McClintock | Doctoral Fellow | St. John’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
I am a Ph.D. student in the Department of English working toward a composition and rhetoric-based specialty. My areas of interest include literacy theory, post/de-coloniality, critical pedagogies, and trauma theory. I joined the University Writing Center in Fall 2020 and am collaborating with several others on the Faculty Outreach initiative. I am also interested in initiatives that explore the UWC as both a trauma-informed space and a site for translanguaging.
Eyenit Santana | Executive Secretary
I have been with the university since 2000 in various support capacities including providing administrative support to the School of Law’s Center for Labor and Employment Law in its initial stages. I presently support the Provost Office and was asked to also provide administrative support to the University Writing Center in Summer 2018. It has and continues to be a pleasure to work directly in support of St. John’s students and be part of the UWC team.
Tina Iemma | Interim Assistant Director | St. John’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
The support of writing in culturally, linguistically and rhetorically diverse ways often encourages writers seeking the creation of a meaningful collaboration. In addition to my position at the University Writing Center, I am also a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of English. My dissertation, “Rhetoric of Collaboration: Using Ethics of Social Justice and Activism through Writing Communities”, examines emerging writing collectives that seek to challenge the normative hierarchy of higher education in both composition and curricula. I am currently conducting empirical research to explore the ways activist writers influence an ethics of collaboration and overall expansion of more public facing, engaged and inclusive research, pedagogy and scholarship.
Stephen Sicari, PhD | Interim Director | St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
In my long experience as chair of the English Department, I had a bird’s eye view of the growth and development of the University Writing Center. It has been a great pleasure for me, and I know I am a better teacher of writing because of this association. It is a great privilege for me to act as interim director of a space that I consider essential to the promotion of a culture of writing at St John’s.
Each year, the University Writing Center, the Writing Across the Curriculum Program, the University Libraries, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Office of the Provost host a Faculty Book Reception to congratulate and celebrate our faculty authors, editors, and coeditors who have published within the past year.