Writing Center Team

If you have any questions about booking an appointment, please contact us at writing@pitzer.edu.

Andrea Scott

Andrea Scott, Faculty Director

Andrea Scott is associate professor of academic writing (Ph.D., University of Chicago). Before coming to Pitzer in Fall 2013 (and earning tenure in 2019!), she taught in the Princeton Writing Program for five years, where she also served as an associate director. She has dedicated her career to teaching writing because she’s committed to helping students use their writing to participate in consequential conversations across the curriculum. Her current scholarship tackles two broad questions: how are writing cultures shaped by diverse social contexts? And how might we use the answers to this question to teach and tutor writing in new ways?  She hails from San Diego, considers Berlin her second home, and has lived and studied in many parts of the world, including Oakland, Chicago, Munich, Florence, and New York. She enjoys hiking, experimental poetry, and unusual perfumes (one of her favorites smells like books).

Stephanie Liu-Rojas, Assistant Director and Writing Instructor

With a MAT in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from USC, Stephanie is trained to work with international and multilingual students in writing and speaking. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD in Educational Studies at the Claremont Graduate University. Cover letters, resumes, personal statements, and brainstorming are her favorite types of appointments. When she isn’t studying or researching ways to be more inclusive, diverse, and equitable in her teachings, Stephanie indulges in vegan chocolate, travel products, clothes, and accessories, nature, children’s adventure series, and action movies.

Neha Basu ’24, Fellow
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Neha is a second-year at Pitzer from Rhode Island. She is undecided in her major, but interested in Psychology, Sociology, and Media Studies. On campus, she is involved in MIX and looks forward to joining more in-person organizations! Her goals as a Writing Fellow are to build her peers’ confidence in their own writing and learn more about other academic fields through the writing that students bring to appointments. In her spare time, Neha loves to cook, watch Netflix, and talk about her cat.

Sanjana Bhatnagar ’23, Fellow
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Sanjana is a senior majoring in Philosophy and Environmental Analysis. Through sessions at the Writing Center, she is excited to learn about various concepts by way of the perspectives of her peers. In return, she hopes to bring joy and empowerment to the sometimes daunting task of writing. Outside of school, she likes to paint, sew, read, bake, play video games, go to art museums, and drink coffee.

Jacob Brittain, Fellow
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Jacob is a third-year at Pitzer from El Cajon, California pursuing a double major in History and Political Studies and a minor in Biology with a focus in ecological biology. In addition to working at the Writing Center, he is involved as a Resident Assistant, the Vice President of Diversity in Pitzer College Student Senate, Middle Eastern North African Student Association President, Rainbow People Collaborative Leader, Mixed Identity Exchange member, active member in Students for Justice in Palestine, and deeply engaged Pitzer community member. Outside of the classroom he enjoys growing plants and gardening, watching a good movie, hanging out with family and friends, getting engaged in politics, and having meaningful, deep discussions with others.

Diego Borgsdorf, Fellow
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Diego is a second-year from Los Angeles, California majoring in Anthropology and minoring in Spanish. Outside of the Writing Center, Diego is involved in Student Senate, the Latinx Student Union, and the Spanish Conversation program. Through the Writing Center, he is excited both to help people best present their unique perspectives and to learn from those he will work with. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, gardening, and playing with his dogs.

Malaya Caligtan-Tran ’22, Head Fellow
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Malaya Caligtan-Tran is a fourth-year student with a self-designed Indigenous Public Health major and Environmental Analysis minor. They were raised in Kaplama on O’ahu. On campus, they are an IPMP mentor, Robert Redford Conservancy Fellow, and Draper Center Coordinator. Malaya sees writing as a form of community empowerment and liberation. They hope to support and build confidence in writers of any level. In their free time, they enjoy cuddling with their cats, spending time with their friends, and taking care of their plants.

John Dixon ’22, Fellow
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John is a Senior from Boulder Colorado majoring in Math. He is interested in the insight math can generate when applied to psychology, sociology, and politics. Although technical writing is his specialty, he appreciates writing as an art form as well.  He is fascinated by how these seemingly diverse perspectives interact within each piece of writing. As a Writing Center Fellow, John wants to build community through helping each other.  In his free time, he enjoys exploring the mountains, discovering new music, and getting lost in conversations.

Wallis Edwards ’24, Fellow
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Wallis is a sophomore from New York City. She took time off this past year and worked at a jewelry company focused on funding female-run startups. She doesn’t currently have a major but hopes to combine History and Media Studies. After finding the Writing Center helpful during her first year, she’s excited to pass along her knowledge and learn more. She loves crosswords, the real housewives, the beach, and nail art. 

Angel Feliz ’23, Fellow
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Angel is a second-year from The Bronx, New York majoring in Biology and Anthropology. On campus, he is involved with the Latinx Student Union, the Black Student Union, and as a member of ID Board representing the First-Gen Club. In his free time, he enjoys watching educational videos, reading, skating, playing music, and hanging with friends! As a writer, he enjoys working through the brainstorming process and hopes to learn more about other’s writing styles and processes. He is excited to share the joy he has found in the loving Pitzer Writing Center community with others!

Josh Hui ’22, Head Fellow
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Josh is a senior from the Bay Area majoring in Sociology and Asian American Studies. On campus, he is involved in the Asian Pacific American Coalition, Jumpstart, and CAPAS. Regardless of genre, Josh is always striving to bring out other writers’ unique voices. He has the most experience in analytical writing, but he hopes to learn a lot more from all the people he will work with. Outside of school, Josh enjoys reading, finding new music, and playing video games.

Xochitl Husted ’22, Fellow
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Xochitl is a Pitzer senior majoring in Political Science and Sociology. Outside of the Writing Center, Xochitl is also a Mellon Mays Fellow, a Data Entry Assistant for the Advancement Office, a volunteer for her local Reproductive and Sexual Health Clinic, and a research assistant for Professor Erich Steinman. Outside of campus extracurricular, she enjoys spending time with dogs, dancing, and exploring the outdoors. Xochitl’s goal as a writing fellow is to help students provide more structure and clarity to their own work. She hopes to make more connections with students on campus and, ultimately, provide support to her peers!

Grace Jackson ’24, Fellow
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Grace is a sophomore from West Linn, Oregon majoring in STS and History. She plays lacrosse and is interested in both medieval religious history in the Mediterranean, as well as the ethical issues that have risen from the spread of the internet. As a writer, Grace loves to work with others to develop their own unique ideas and perspective through writing. In her free time she enjoys reading and hanging out with friends. 

Talya Kaltman-Kron ’23, Fellow
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Talya is a third-year student from Portland, Oregon. Although she has not decided on her major, she is interested in pursuing studies in Political Science, Sociology, Legal Studies, Spanish, and Public Health. At Pitzer, Talya is also a co-head for Advocates for Survivors of Sexual Assault and is involved in various art and outdoor groups on campus. In her free time, you can find Talya doodling or making jewelry, going on picnics with her friends, and finding new music. Through the Writing Center, she is excited to support her peers in writing, meet new people, and contribute to the Pitzer community.

Leo Kajfez ’22, Fellow

Leo Kajfez is a fourth-year at Pitzer College double-majoring in English World Lit and American studies. In addition to working as a Writing Fellow at Pitzer, Leo was a Spring 2020 Junior Humanities Fellow at Scripps and a speaker at PAMLA 2019. He likes Earth tones and weightlifting. In anticipation of the socially-distant semester, Leo is planning to ask his landlord for permission to adopt two fancy rats. If Leo is successful, he will name his rats Prometheus and Rat 2. Recently, he saw Pulp Fiction at a drive-in movie theatre. The words “foot” and “feet” were 24 times, cumulatively. He did not like Pulp Fiction very much.

Em is a senior studying Environmental Sociology and Spanish. They are very passionate about encouraging student expression through the student-run Pitzer newspaper, The Outback News, and creating a collaboratively designed perennial food forest in the Pitzer Student Garden! Beyond her work, there are few things that Em enjoys more than the exchange of stories and the shared creation of a beautiful meal. 

Em Kuhn ’22, Fellow
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Marina Kusomoto ’22, Fellow
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Marina Kusumoto (she/her) is a senior at Pitzer College majoring in Molecular Biology and minoring in English World Literature. Her research interests lie in rickettsial infections and cell biology-based research with Schizosaccharomyces pombe (fission yeast). Outside of the laboratory, she loves reading, the beach, photography, and spending time with her friends. As a writing fellow, Marina hopes to engage with students in different fields of study and support her peers in any stage of the academic process.

Miyé Lampriere ’22, Fellow
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Miyé is a super senior at Pitzer. She has designed her major—Immigration and Globalization— and is currently working on her thesis. Having had to navigate various educational systems in three different languages, she understands what it means to not be understood. She wants to help each student believe in their writing and trust their voice. 

When Miyé is not at the Writing Center, she is either studying Japanese, finding a new trail to run, or playing with her friend’s cats —Junnu and Navi.

Ryann Liljenstolpe ’24, Fellow
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Ryann is a second-year from Santa Cruz, California. They have not yet declared a major, but they are very interested in writing pedagogy as well as a possibly self-designed internet anthropology major. They are passionate about addressing harm that “standard” academic models have caused, especially to fellow neurodivergent students. As a Writing Fellow, they want to support and encourage their peers to fall in love with their own voices as creatives and intellectuals. Outside of class, they enjoy baking, playing video games, watching video essays, and learning fun facts.

Gus Lodise ’23, Fellow
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Gus is a junior from California, Hawai’i, and Virginia. Majoring in geology and minoring in history, his interests also include international relations and environmental analysis. In his free time, he enjoys rock climbing and reading sci-fi novels. Gus is looking forward to meeting new people with new perspectives, and is excited to support other students as they work toward their writing goals.

Aydin Mallery ’24, Fellow
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Aydin keeps busy through his work with the Theatre and Dance Department and the 5C student-run production company, Spotlight Musical Theatre. In his free time, Aydin sings and plays piano, guitar, mandolin, ukulele, and bass.

Cece Malone ’24, Fellow
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Celia Malone (she/they) is a sophomore at Pitzer from San Francisco, California. She is passionate about climate justice and is currently studying environmental analysis and music. Celia loves writing op-eds and other justice targeted writing pieces, and is excited to help others actualize their ideas through writing. She is an avid lover of the outdoors, and one day hopes to hike from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail!

Clara McGilly ’23, Fellow
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Clara is a junior at Pitzer from Oakland, CA, majoring in Linguistics and minoring in Math. She is also interested in nonviolent organizing and conflict reconciliation and plays on an inner tube water polo team. Clara’s goal as a Writing Fellow is to help students discover their voice in their writing. In her spare time, Clara likes to read, play card games, swim in the ocean, and eat Takis until her stomach hurts.

Dominique Morra ’23, Fellow
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Dominique is a junior from Costa Rica/Italy majoring in History. On campus she is involved with Pitzer’s International Student Association, Latinx Student Union, and the Mindfulness Club. Her goal is to make writing a less stressful task, and instead a comfortable place for expression. In her free time you can find her dancing Lebanese dabke, attempting to learn how to play the guitar, practicing taekwondo, seeking to decipher the meaning of metaphysics, or writing terrible poetry in a tree somewhere.

Simone Paradis ’23, Head Fellow
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Simone Paradis is a junior pursuing a combined major of Political Studies and Organizational Studies. In Claremont, she’s involved with Tutors for a Cause, Uncommon Good, and the 5C rugby team. Simone hopes to help make writing more accessible to students of all academic backgrounds. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outside, playing board games, and decorating apartments in the Sims 4. 

Pratya Poosala 24′, Fellow
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Pratya Poosala (she/her/hers) is a sophomore from the Bay Area pursuing a major in the intersection of neuropsychology and public health. On campus, she is involved with the Asian Pacific American Coalition (APAC) and the Global Mental Health Lab. Pratya enjoys creative writing in her free time, ranging from poetry, to plays, to short stories, and she regards writing as a tool to build thought and community. Outside of writing, Pratya enjoys reading books, listening to music, and thrifting! 

Sergio Quechol ’23, Fellow
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Sergio (they/them) is a junior majoring in Latin American Studies and Gender Women Studies from Inglewood, CA. On campus, they are involved in Central American Student Association (CASA), Latinx Student Union (LSU), First-Gen, and Claremont Student Worker Association (CSWA). They are also a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow (MMUF). In their free time, they enjoy listening to new music, reading, and hanging with friends! They hope to support and build confidence in writers they come in contact with. 

Anais Rivero ’22, Fellow
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Anais is a senior majoring in Political Studies and minoring in History, their study focuses on the region of Latin America and the Caribbean. Anais has a passion for labor organizing and legal work, they have worked with the labor union Unite Here in Miami and are currently working with Neighborhood Legal Los Angeles. With a background in tutoring, Anais hopes to make every student feel safe and comfortable and make the Writing Center accessible to people of all backgrounds. Anais sees writing as a form of self empowerment, what is most important to them is that students know how to clearly express their ideas and find joy in writing. During their free time, Anais likes to cook new foods, read books, and watch Bojack Horseman or Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Ella Rosenblatt ’23, Fellow
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Ella Rosenblatt is a junior from San Francisco. She is majoring in Environmental Analysis and minoring in English. Ella is working to promote a more compassionate, sustainable, and just food system in many facets of her life. She is a dedicated vegan, founder of The Plant-based and Justice Project, and fellow with the Factory Farming Awareness Coalition. In the writing center Ella is excited to support her peers with their goals while getting a look into new perspectives and writing styles.

Hezekiah Smithstein ’23, Fellow
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Hezekiah (they/them) is a Junior from San Francisco majoring in Environmental Science and Writing and Rhetoric. They love poetry, plants, board games, music, and sports. On campus, Hezekiah is a writer for the Golden Antlers and an inner tube water polo player. As a Writing Fellow, they are excited to be inspired by your ideas, and help you reach any writing goals you have. 

Taiyō Takanashi Forbes (小鳥遊太陽) ’23, Fellow
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Taiyō (he/him) is a junior from Vail, Colorado majoring in biochemistry, who was studying music with the goals of becoming a piano professor. However, with medical school in mind, his endeavors are now dedicated towards becoming a neurosurgeon and health advocate for minority communities. He is interested in neurosurgery as an analytical approach in medicine, and a philosophical outcome of human perseverance, especially regarding how small biochemical processes lead to poetic outcomes, such as you. Taiyō is well versed in both academic and creative writing— and is happy to help with both. He likens the writing process to gardening: once you’re finished with the planting and dirt under your fingers, a beautiful garden will bloom; he is here to help with watering. Taiyō is determined to create a safe space for ideas that begin with “this might be stupid but…” and turn them into works of art. In his free time he enjoys a good game of chess, writing poetry, and philosophical conversation regarding human thought.

Tessa Van Buren ’23, Fellow
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Tessa (she/her) is a third year from Burlington, Vermont. Her favorite subjects are philosophy, psychology, and media studies. At the Writing Center she loves working through the brainstorming process and hopes to make writing less stressful. She’s excited to work with students to bring out their voice and perspective in their writing. Outside of school, she loves running/hiking/skiing with her dogs, eating chocolate, and watching TV with her cats.

Natasha Wong ’22, Head Fellow
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Natasha Wong (she/her) is a junior/senior (class of Fall ’22) majoring in History and Mathematical Economics. She is interested in grassroots and labor organizing and has been involved with work in Salt Lake City and the Inland Empire. She sees the writing and storytelling process as a powerful means for developing critical thought and self-expression, within and beyond academia, and hopes to make the Writing Center a welcoming and accessible space for students to develop their ideas and voice. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, rock climbing, cooking/baking, watching movies, caring for (and sometimes killing) a small jungle of houseplants, and writing to prison pen-pals.