Rio Grande Writing Center

 Get to know the Rio Grande Writing Center Tutors

 Joshua Lopez Academic Tutor


Josh Lopez, B.A., M.A. candidate

Josh is currently working towards his master’s in English and American literature. His research interests include Latina/o studies, LGBT/Queer studies, and Humor. Josh also teaches first year composition at the University of Texas at El Paso and enjoys teaching and consulting with first year students. He’s a recent American Horror Story convert, so when he’s not tutoring, studying, teaching, or eating, he’s wrapping up yet another AHS binge. 

 Mia Asam Academic Tutor

Rasmiyeh (Mia) Asam

Rasmiyeh (Mia) Asam, M.Ed. Candidate

Rasmiyeh has been with the writing center since October 2013. She is working on her master’s degree in Education at The University of Texas at El Paso. She currently holds a Bachelor of Multidisciplinary with concentrations in: Biology, General Science and Fine Art. Outside of academics you can find her on the yoga mat practicing and teaching yoga as Rasmiyeh is also a certified yoga instructor. Don’t let your assignments stress you out, but come to the writing center and look for Rasmiyeh to help you breathe that stress out and transform it into a masterpiece.

 Joshua Colby Academic Tutor

Joshua Colby

Joshua Colby, M.A.

Joshua is an English teacher on both the high school and college levels, with a B.A. in English and American Literature, a B.A. in Philosophy, and a M.A. in Literature all from UTEP. He has been in education in some capacity for the last ten years, including working at the EPCC Rio Grande Writing Center as a writing tutor for nearly seven years. Joshua is familiar with the in's and out's of just about all EPCC writing assignments for nearly every class and would be happy to sit down and help you develop your writing in a fun, relaxed, and laid back fashion.

 Joanna Hinojosa Academic Tutor

Joanna HinojosaJoanna Hinojosa, M.A.

Joanna holds a Master’s degree in English Literature, with a focus on the Victorian period. Her final seminar paper was titled: “The Mad Label: Victorian Gender Ideologies” and focused on the social implications of ‘madness’ especially when applied to women.  While completing her degree, she participated in the joint NMSU/UTEP Graduate Conference twice, and was published in the Chrysalis. She had taught freshmen composition at UTEP for one year and tutored at both the UWC (UTEP Writing Center) and RG Writing Center since 2010. She is also a founding member of the El Paso Christian Writer’s group, in addition to running workshops and giving lessons she also co-writes the groups website. Her literary interests include fantasy, historical fiction, fairy tales, young adult fiction, and psychological fiction. She is currently adjunct faculty UTEP in Developmental English and at Doña Ana Community College for first year composition.

 Doug Perry Academic Tutor

Doug Perry

Doug Perry

After 6 ½ years in US Army Sig/Intel and over 30 years in private business, Doug moved to El Paso, Texas in 1998. He attended EPCC while serving the El Paso community as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the El Paso Coalition for the Homeless and a founding member and past President of the non-profit Veteran’s Assistance Association of El Paso. He has worked at the Rio Grande Writing Center since 2001.

 Cecilia Ramos-Dayer Writing Center Coordinator

Cecilia (Ceci) Ramos-DayerCecilia (Ceci) Ramos-Dayer, M.A.

Cecilia holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and American Literature with a minor in Film Studies, as well as a Master of Arts in Literature. She also has a Culinary Arts degree from the Louisiana Culinary Institute. Although not competitive, she won every cooking competition she entered including the Race to Cannes, the prize for which was an all paid expenses trip to the south of France to cook at the Cannes film festival in 2013. She is passionate about teaching writing and has taught writing courses of all levels at UTEP and EPCC before joining the Rio Grande Writing Center as the coordinator. She is a native of Cd. Juarez and is bilingual.

 Alyssah Roth Academic Tutor

Alyssah RothAlyssah Roth, B.A., M.A. Candidate

Alyssah received her BA in Women's and Gender Studies from UTEP in May 2015 and is currently working on her MA at UTEP in Rhetoric and Writing Studies. Her focuses largely revolve around writing centers, social justice, and the intersection of the two. She has been working as a Writing Tutor at EPCC since February 2013 and at UTEP since August 2014. Now, Alyssah is the president of a reproductive justice organization, West Fund, and the things that make her the most happy are pizza, dogs, biking, writing, challenging conversations, the cold and rain, and Netflix.



 Liz Tinoco Academic Tutor

Lizbett (Liz) TinocoLizbett (Liz) Tinoco, M.A., Ph.D. Candidate

Lizbett is currently pursuing a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition Studies at UTEP. She holds a Master of Arts in English from California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB). Before moving to El Paso, she taught college-level composition and basic writing courses at CSUB and Bakersfield Community College. Her research interests are Writing Program Administration at Community Colleges and Writing Center Theory. She has presented her research at national and international conferences such as the Council of Writing Program Administrators and International Writing Center Association.

 Jalaine Weller Academic Tutor

Jalaine WellerJalaine Weller, M.A.

Jalaine has been a writing tutor at EPCC Rio Grande since March 2015. Currently, she also works as the Coordinator for the University of Texas System LSAMP federal grant project (Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation) and teaches in the Rhetoric and Writing Studies Undergraduate Program at UTEP. Jalaine has a BA in English with a minor in Biology from Trevecca in Nashville, TN, and she has an MA in English and American Literature from UTEP. Her master's thesis explored African American literature, particularly the legacy of slavocracy in the nineteenth- and twentieth-centuries, through the lens of utopian and dystopian theory. Although she loves El Paso and its desert mountains, Jalaine is originally from south Florida and is always missing homegrown tropical produce, delicious Cuban food, the beach, afternoon thunderstorms, and, yes, Floridian humidity.