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Academic Support & Access Center


Academic Support & Access Center
Fax: 202-885-1042
Mary Graydon Center, Room 243

Monday-Thursday 9:00a.m. - 7:00p.m. Friday 9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.

Academic Support & Access Center
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016-8027

Meet the Writing Lab Counselors

Our writing counselors are experienced and trained to work with all AU students, including those with learning disabilities or ADHD, as well as students for whom English is not a native language.

Alana P.

Alana is an international student from Venezuela. After completing her License in Psychology at the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas, she began working in the private sector as a Change Management Analyst for an important local bank, while also continuing her social work and her passion for teaching by working in an education-based NGO. On August 2014 Alana came to DC to begin her Graduate Studies. She is currently pursuing a MA in Social/Personality Psychology at American University's College of Arts and Sciences. She hopes to focus her research on cross-cultural psychology, specifically looking at the experiences of international students. 


Elizabeth M.

Before coming to DC, Elizabeth attended the University of Central Florida, where she received Bachelor's degrees in both Spanish and International Relations. As an undergraduate, she worked as an English teaching assistant in Spain and interned with the U.S. Department of State in Peru. Elizabeth is currently pursuing a Master's degree in International Development at American University's School of International Service.


Emma F.

Emma Fawcett is a PhD candidate in international relations at AmericanUniversity's School of International Service, where she researchestourism and development in the Caribbean. She also holds an MS fromThe New School in nonprofit management and a BA from RutgersUniversity in political science and Spanish. A native of New Jersey,Emma loves to travel and has taught English in Guatemala andVenezuela.


Jennifer R.

Jennifer graduated from American University with a BA in Justice and went on to earn her JD from the Washington College of Law. She spent over ten years at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher &Flom LLP, where she worked as a legal assistant and an attorney practicing corporate law. After years of writing and editing contracts and memoranda, Jennifer joined JKG Writing and Consulting where she works with high school students to enhance their college application essays. Jennifer also mentors a Generation Hope scholar and serves on the Board of Director's at CCBC Children's Center. 


Josephine B.

Josephine is a native of upstate New York who earned a bachelor degree in Global Studies with minors in English Literature and Italian from Rider University. She is currently pursuing an MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution at American's School of International Service. She worked as a writing tutor in undergrad and privately tutored American History and Italian. Although her true passion is literature (and literary analysis) she has experience with history, gender studies, international politics classes and related research papers. As a previous D1 student athlete (cross country and track) she also enjoys discussing time management struggles and strategies.


Shaina L.

Shaina graduated from American University with a BA in International Studies and Public Diplomacy, and a minor in Mandarin Chinese. Afterwards, she spent a year living in rural China teaching English to middle- and high-school students and creating new educational programs to promote practical English, international connections, and critical thinking. Prior to that experience, Shaina worked as a private editor for professors at both American University and George Washington University. She currently mentors a Boren and Gates Millennium Scholar and writes book reviews for