Learning Hub Staff

Michael Rymer

Associate Director

Michael Rymer is the Associate Director of the SLU Learning Hub. He has worked in writing centers at colleges across New York City, including Yeshiva University and Baruch College, where he served as a curriculum specialist. Michael holds an MFA in Nonfiction Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and an MA in Language and Literacy from the City College of New York. He has contributed to the Village Voice, the Los Angeles Review of BooksWriting Center Journal, WLN and other publications.

Sasha Graybosch

Consultant

Sasha Graybosch is a fiction writer, essayist, writing instructor, and consultant who holds a BA in English from the University of Kansas and an MFA from New York University. Her writing has appeared in Hobart, Electric Literature, Canteen, elimae, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. She’s taught courses in composition at the Fashion Institute of Technology and creative writing at NYU, and she’s also a writing consultant at the FIT and Baruch College writing centers. She enjoys supporting writers with planning and organizing for large projects, understanding assignment expectations, brainstorming, improving arguments, and refining language choices.

Marlene Ramos

Digital Portfolios Specialist

Marlene Nava Ramos is a doctoral candidate in Geography at the CUNY Graduate Center where she studies the political economy of immigration imprisonment. She is a longtime member of Critical Resistance, a national chapter-based, abolitionist organization, and active in campaigns such as ICE-Free NYC, No New Jails NYC and Abolish ICE NY-NJ. She is also an adjunct instructor in the Global Studies Program at the New School; and previously taught at Lehman College, CUNY and at two corrections facilities with the Bard Prison Initiative. Marlene received a BS in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University in 2009 and an MPH in Sociomedical Sciences with a concentration on Urbanism from Columbia University in 2013.

Yousef Tehrani

Yousef Tehrani is a teacher, writer, and musician with a master’s in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and a bachelor’s in dance. He has been teaching and consulting with writers since 2009 and has presented at national and regional writing center conferences. His specialties are non-native and non-traditional students, blocked or anxious writers, creative process, and grammar. He writes in English and Persian and speaks Spanish and Turkish. His own creative process is an integration of dance, mountaineering, music, and language.

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Matthew Vanaman

Quantitative Reasoning Fellow

Matthew is pursuing his PhD in Basic and Applied Social Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center. In his research, he studies the antecedents and consequences of moral values using a variety of quantitative and experimental techniques, with an emphasis on the role of harm-based reasoning in judgments of right or wrong. Prior to his appointment as a Quantitative Fellow, Matthew taught several statistics courses and labs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. His most recent appointment was at the CUNY Office of Undergraduate Studies, Academic Programs and Policy, where he used data analytics to assist with evaluation of remedial math and writing programs. Through the Research Foundation of CUNY, Matthew has also provided advanced statistical modeling and consultation to the Brooklyn College Department of Institutional Research and Data Analysis, with a focus on retention of transfer students. Outside of CUNY, Matthew provided data analysis services through a contract position at the New York City Workforce Professional Training Institute, which guided recommendations for policy and consultation to workforce training programs throughout the greater New York metropolitan area.

Mason Brown

Science Resources and ASRC Librarian

Mason Brown is the SLU, Science Resources, and ASRC Librarian at the Graduate Center. He has a BS with a concentration in Zoo and Aquarium Science from Michigan State University, a Masters in Library Science from Simmons College, and a MS in Biology from City College of New York (CUNY). He has been working as a Librarian for over 15 years, 10 of those at CUNY. He has written on using comic books as a medium for teaching incoming freshmen the art of question asking,  on effective interventions for preventing the spread of disease in vulnerable populations, and on the unique challenges of working as a librarian for a research heavy science facility. Before his library career, he worked hand feeding baby vultures, storks, and penguins at the Detroit Zoo. He has been the SLU library liaison since 2020.