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Writing Colleagues Welcome New Members

This semester, 18 students were inducted to the Writing Colleagues Program.

Founded by Professor of Writing and Rhetoric Cheryl Forbes in 1994, the Writing Colleagues Program is a curriculum-based, peer-tutoring program that trains and embeds peer tutors in courses across many disciplines.

At the March induction ceremony for the 2022 cohort, 18 new members were inducted into the program. Faculty nominators, from the American Studies, Sociology, Writing and Rhetoric and Philosophy Departments, joined the celebration to discuss the writing prowess of the inductees.

“With their diverse backgrounds, unique abilities and enthusiasm for learning and sharing ideas, we know these students will make great partners in learning through writing!” says Director of the Writing Colleagues and Associate Professor of Writing and Rhetoric Hannah Dickinson. The program is co-directed by Director Amy Green.

In preparation for the responsibilities of mentorship, students take the “Writing Colleagues Seminar,” a course that focuses on reimagining education and developing the skills needed to be an effective tutor and mentor. Then, students are assigned to field placements in courses across departments, including First-Year Seminars (FSEMS), where they support students and put their new skills into action.

“I want to inspire students to be at their best when writing and connect with them on a deeper level,” says Brianna Del Rosario ’25 following the induction ceremony. 

Samuel Calderon III ’23 says he is looking forward to helping others and advancing his own writing. “The program is a phenomenal way to not only develop as a writer but learn more about why people write and the ways of articulating reality.” His favorite type of writing is poetry.

Aidan Vanek ’25 says he joined the program to “provide guidance to students who struggle with writing like I did.” He most enjoys analytical writing.  

The Writing Colleagues Program is supported by Suzanne Rutstein ’95, P’23 and Charles Rutstein ’94, P’23, who generously established the Rutstein Fund in Support of Writing Excellence in 2021. In support of the Writing Colleagues program, a 48-hour crowdfunding campaign will take place from noon to noon on Tuesday, April 19 – Thursday, April 21. The Rutsteins have offered a challenge for the two-day event.

The new cohort of Writing Colleagues is:

Zoe Aracena ‘25

Samuel Calderon III ’23

Liz Crimmins ‘24

Brianna Del Rosario ’25

Frances Depke ’25

Sydney Herbruck ’25

Ryan Hinman ’25

Gassly Jacques ’23

Julia Kunzelmann ’24

Al Levy ’25

Emely Martinez ’24

Sophia Mughal ’25

Isabella Renzi ’25

Kate Risley ‘24

Caroline Ruffner ’25

Aidan Vanek ’25

Ella Weiss ‘24

Annabel Ziskin ‘25