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.

Nathanie Y. Yaskey

Digital Portfolio Specialist

Nathanie Y. Yaskey is the Digital Portfolio Specialist for SLU’s Learning Hub. She obtained her B.F.A. from New York University with a Major in Dramatic Writing and minors in Gender & Sexuality Studies as well as the cross-school minor, Business of Media, Entertainment & Technology. Born in Freetown, Sierra Leone yet predominantly raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio, she is passionate about immigration reform policy and refugee rights. Her work has been featured on websites such as GlobalCLE and she has been featured on ABC’s News Channel 5, Spectrum News, as well as The Land Magazine for her outspoken and public stance in favor of holistic inclusivity. Nathanie currently attends Columbia University’s School of the Arts, pursuing her M.F.A. in Nonfiction Writing. She serves on The Columbia Journalism Review Boards for both Nonfiction and Poetry.

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.

L Torres

Consultant

L Torres is a NYC writer, educator and author of The Taste of Broken, an autobiographical poetry book on endometriosis. A LaGuardia Performing Arts Center Grantee & Dorland Mountain Arts Summer 2019 Resident, she is an adjunct lecturer of English at CUNY and co-editor of Armstrong Literary. L holds a BA in English from Queens College and is currently a Queens College MFA Creative Writing candidate. An unwavering artivist, L’s writing zeroes in on gender/racial/(dis)ability/class/age/body size equitability and justice, while dismantling social conventions.

Yousef Tehrani

Consultant

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.

The Learning Hub – Yousef Tehrani – YouTube

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.