Our Staff

We are the UCR Graduate Writing Center, and we are here to help you meet your writing goals.

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Alexis Smith is the Coordinator of the Graduate Writing Center. She has over six years of experience supporting graduate students in writing center contexts, first as a peer tutor and then as an administrator. After completing her BA in English and Anthropology at West Virginia University, Alexis went on to complete an MA in Applied Linguistics/TESOL at the University of Alabama. In addition to tutoring and teaching second language writing courses at UA, she also spent a year teaching English composition at Sias International University in Xinzheng, Henan, China. Most recently, Alexis worked with graduate students and multilingual writers at the Texas A&M University Writing Center. In her spare time, Alexis enjoys running, reading, and watching horror movies.

  • Shaafi Farooqi
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    Shaafi Farooqi, Lead Writing Consultant, is a third year PhD student in Sociology at UCR. She specializes in race and class inequality within higher education. Her current research explores Pakistani heritage college student experiences with cultural identity, race, and stereotyping. She is also interested in Asian American studies more broadly. Before coming to UCR, Shaafi received her BA in Organizational Studies from Pitzer College.

  • Lauren Hammond
    Lauren Hammond

    Lauren Hammond is currently a PhD student in English, focusing on the materiality of gender, sexuality, and identity in the punk subculture. Lauren received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature and Writing at California State University, San Marcos and her Master in Arts degree in English and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University (SDSU). In the past, she has worked as a rhetoric and writing instructor for SDSU. In her continued studies as a graduate student, Lauren enjoys working as a university teaching associate, research assistant, copy editor, writing consultant, and standardized test preparation instructor.

  • Nina Mandracchia
    Nina Mandracchia

    Nina Mandracchia is a PhD student in School Psychology. Her research focuses on the successful integration of technology into current school psychology and teacher practices through training. Prior to coming to UCR, Nina received her B.A. from Columbia University in Psychology and Business Management.  

  • Nicole Furtado
    Nicole Furtado

    Nicole Ku’uleinapuananiolikoawapuhimelemeleolani Furtado is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the English Department at UCR. Nicole received her B.A. in English from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa and her M.A. in English at UC Riverside. She is of Kānaka Maoli heritage and is from Nānākuli, Hawaiʻi. Her research interests are in Speculative Fiction, Indigenous Studies, Digital Art, Disability  Studies, Science & Technology Studies, and Decolonial Futurities. In addition to teaching English in academia, Nicole has recently taught specialized literature courses in the art community of Los Angeles, CA. Nicole’s prior writing center experience was in the University of Hawaii school system for three years. In her free time, Nicole enjoys visiting art exhibitions, going hiking, and spending sunny days at the beach. 

  • Paige Goodwin
    Paige Goodwin

    Paige Goodwin is an MFA student in Creative Writing for the Performing Arts, with a focus on comedic reworkings of existing texts. She has a BA in English from the University of Maryland, with a concentration in Contemporary American Drama. She has worked as a Writing Consultant at the UMD Undergraduate Writing Center, and was a script reader for multiple professional theaters in DC.

  • Crystal Hua

    Crystal Hua is a PhD Candidate in the Environmental Toxicology Graduate Program at UC Riverside (UCR). She completed her BA in English and BS in Biology at UCR. Her research focuses on the human health effects associated with electronic cigarette use. Crystal has been awarded numerous fellowships/grants and scholarships during her academic career. For her graduate studies, Crystal was the recipient of a competitive Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program Pre-Doctoral Fellowship and Cornelius Hopper Diversity Fellowship. Prior to college, Crystal attended the California State Summer School for the Arts and studied memoir writing/poetry. She enjoys helping students in various disciplines improve their writing.

The UCR Graduate Writing Center is certified Under the College Reading & Learning Association’s International Tutor Training Program