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Quierra is a Maryland native, studying to receive her MSW from UMB’s School of Social Work. She received a BS from Towson University in Family and Human Services. Quierra has a heart for helping people achieve their highest potential. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cooking, doing puzzles, and spending time with her family and friends.
Graduate Peer Writing Consultants
All of our Graduate Peer Writing Consultants participate in a 40-hour training experience before they are available for appointments.
Alex is a New York native, who received her BA in English Literature from the University of Maryland, College Park. After graduation, Alex worked in a law firm and at a domestic violence shelter before ultimately finding her way to Thailand, where she taught English for a year. Alex is currently pursuing her MSW at UMB's School of Social Work. She is passionate about traveling, Harry Potter puns, Baltimore, and the writing process.
Allison is Pennsylvania native and received her BA in Media and Communication Studies at Ursinus College. After completing her undergraduate degree, Allison spent two years as an AmeriCorps fellow at Public Allies Delaware and The Choice Program in Baltimore City. Allison is currently pursuing her MSW at UMB's School of Social Work. Allison lives in Baltimore and enjoys coffee, traveling, and spending time with her menagerie of animals and reptiles.
Ben is currently pursuing an MSW at UMB's School of Social Work. After majoring in English Literature at the College of William and Mary, Ben spent 10 years working at various trade associations in Washington, D.C. Most recently, he was a Program Coordinator for the American Psychological Association's (APA) Minority Fellowship Program. Ben lives with his wife in Silver Spring and spends most of his free time listening to music, traveling, and looking for a good cup of coffee.
Cat is a Philadelphia native and earned her BS in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Pittsburgh. She recently completed an AmeriCorps program, Public Allies Pittsburgh, where she served as a Program Coordinator and worked on community engagement programs at a local non-profit. Currently, Cat is enrolled in the School of Social Work at UMB. In her spare time, she enjoys writing, cooking, and traveling.
Chelsea is an MSW student at UMB's School of Social Work. After studying Urban Studies and Sociology at Barnard College, she worked at a non-profit providing services to the homeless in New York. She then traveled and volunteered in Latin America before coming to Baltimore, where she is a worker-owner at Red Emma's Bookstore and Coffeehouse. Chelsea is a creative writer excited to help students with the writing process.
Emily is an MSW student at UMB’s School of Social Work. She spent four years as a Program Associate at the Open Society Institute- Baltimore where she supported the Baltimore Community Fellowships Network, a corps of social entrepreneurs and advocates working to meet the needs of underserved communities. She has an MSc in Literature from the University of Edinburgh and loves to dissect all aspects of the writing process.
Esther is currently pursuing her PharmD at UMB's School of Pharmacy. Previously, she graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), where she majored in Psychology. Esther worked as a teaching assistant for an undergraduate writing and rhetoric course at VCU and has always taken an interest in writing. In her free time, she loves to read for fun, ride her single speed bike, discover good restaurants and coffee shops, and travel.
Irene is a student in the School of Pharmacy at UMB. She previously attended the University of Maryland, College Park, where she studied Biology and Women’s Studies. She worked as a writing consultant during college and enjoys helping students work through the writing process.
Jenn is currently a student in the School of Dentistry at UMB. After graduating from the University of Maryland, College Park with a BS in Physiology and Neurobiology, she spent a year as an AmeriCorps member at a primary care center in Washington, D.C. She enjoys helping others develop their writing skills and exploring connections between the various disciplines at UMB.
Laura is currently a student in UMB's MSW program. She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a BA in Psychology and Hearing and Speech Sciences. She has worked in research laboratories in both of these fields. Additionally, she has completed graduate coursework in Clinical Audiology, the study of hearing and balance disorders. In her spare time, Laura loves cooking, reading, trying new restaurants, and spending time outside with her boyfriend and her pug, Rocky.
Isabell C. May, Ph.D.
Dr. Isabell May has been directing the Writing Center at UMB since early 2017. Dr. May also serves as faculty in UMB's Graduate School's Science Communication Program, where she teaches "Technical Writing" and "Writing a Journal Article." Prior to her tenure at UMB, Dr. May oversaw the Writing Center at the University of Baltimore, founded the Writing Center for Academic English at Leuphana University in Luenburg, Germany, and directed the Center for Academic Success at the Universities at Shady Grove. She earned her Ph.D. in American Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. A native of Germany, Dr. May came to the United States on a Fulbright scholarship in 1999 and has resided in Maryland, with a 2-year interruption in Lueneburg, Germany, ever since. If Dr. May is not busy writing her blog, researching, or working with writers, she can be found swimming in URecFit's amazing pool or at an Orioles game.