WI+RE's Creative Team

Get to know the learners, designers, and creators of WI+RE.

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Creative Team

  • Chris's profile

    Chris

    Public Services Assistant for Young Research Library’s Humanities and Social Sciences Division

    Chris Lopez is a Public Services assistant at UCLA Library embedded in the Young Research Library. Chris serves as a Library website editor and works on a team designed to support and innovate Research services. Chris loves exploring multimodal avenues for teaching and learning so that all can participate in learning process.


  • Cymfenee's profile

    Cymfenee

    Cymfenee is a fourth year Computational and Systems Biology major with a concentration in Bioinformatics. She was a learning assistant for Life Sciences 7B - Genetics, Evolution, and Ecology for three quarters before joining the WI+RE team. Cymfenee is passionate about researching and creating equitable learner-centered practices and the accessibility of those practices.


  • Doug's profile

    Doug

    Science Librarian & WI+RE Co-Founder

    Doug Worsham is a Science Librarian and a co-founder and community organizer for WI+RE. With a background in instructional design and student-centered pedagogy, Doug is passionately interested in how learners work together to build knowledge.


  • Hannah's profile

    Hannah

    Instructional Design Technology Consultant

    Hannah Sutherland (she/her) is the Instructional Design and Technology Consultant for Arts, Music, and Powell libraries as well as a member of the Teaching and Learning team at the UCLA Library. She is particularly passionate about scalable and accessible online pedagogy.


  • Jake's profile

    Jake

    Jake is a fourth year Marine Biology major. Building off of his work as an undergraduate learning assistant, he believes that all students should have inclusive, accessible learning resources, and is passionate about helping to prepare students for success during college.


  • Kaitlin's profile

    Kaitlin

    Kaitlin is an undergraduate Public Affairs major with minors in Environmental Systems and Society as well as Asian American studies.


  • Kian's profile

    Kian

    Learner-Designer

    Kian is an undergraduate Music Composition major. He strives to help learners achieve their learning goals through empathy, honesty, and purposeful design.


  • Monique's profile

    Monique

    Monique is a first year grad student at the UCLA animation workshop. A 2020 graduate, she studied English and film in her undergraduate years. She's passionate about combining old and new methods to foster learning environments that are collaborative, experimental and visually-stimulating.


  • Néha's profile

    Néha

    Néha is a first year Neuroscience major who will be minoring in Spanish. She is passionate about making learning accessible and enjoyable for her fellow students.


  • Renee's profile

    Renee

    Science Librarian & WI+RE Co-Founder

    Renee Romero is a Sciences Librarian at UCLA Library, and one of the founders of WI+RE. She works on outreach initiatives, and serves as a liaison to the science and engineering community and the Interracial Dynamics Cluster. Renee enjoys devising practical steps to reach theoretical ideals, and critically examining the ways we think, learn, and teach.


  • Salma's profile

    Salma

    Research and Instruction Librarian (Online Learning & Scalable Teaching)

    Salma Abumeeiz is a Research and Instruction Librarian at the Powell Library with a focus area of online learning at scalable teaching. She supports learners across a variety of disciplines, and also serves as a liaison to Cluster 27: Global Islam and the Academic Advancement Program. Salma is passionate about critical pedagogy and supporting student research.


  • Xinjian's profile

    Xinjian

    Xinjian is an undergraduate majoring in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology, who is also working at the UCLA Powell Library as an outreach/social media intern. She is passionate about education research focusing on active learning and creating an inclusive learning atmosphere for students.


Alumni

  • April's profile

    April

    Learner-Designer

    April is an undergraduate pursuing a major in Computational and Systems Biology, along with a minor in Environmental Engineering. She hopes to create effective and understandable material, with consideration of inclusive design.


  • Caitlin's profile

    Caitlin

    Learner-Designer

    Caitlin worked with WI+RE during her Master of Library & Information Science program, focusing on tutorials about citation management and literature reviews. She presented on WI+RE's process at Code4Lib 2017 and co-authored a book chapter on the WI+RE way. After graduation, Caitlin moved to New England to be a Research & Education Librarian at Yale. She now runs the general education program at the medical library, teaches research skills in the curriculum for MD and PA students, and coordinates the personal librarian program.


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    Cassandra

    Learner-Designer and Social Media Assistant


  • Giselle's profile

    Giselle

    Learner-Designer

    Giselle Burns is a Psychobiology undergraduate with a passion for research and discovery. She hopes to find solutions and treatments to the most pressing health issues. Furthermore, Giselle enjoys learning about learning, and hopes to inspire others to do the same.


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    Jeannie

    Learner-Designer

    jeannie-chen (陳宇晶) earned her MLIS from UCLA and her BA in English from California State University at Northridge (CSUN). Her areas of interest include instructional design & pedagogy, academic librarianship, archival studies, literature, music & performing arts, and Asian American Studies. Through her WI+RE experience, she learned elements of prototyping, scripting, storyboarding, and basic web development skills that have remained useful to her current work today. She has plans to pursue a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in the Learning Design and Technology Program at the University of Southern California, with expected completion in 2022. My WI+RE Projects include: Reading Strategies (Annotation), WI+RE Learning Narratives, Contacting Instructors (contributed to the handout's content and design with Kian Ravaei), a mini-project to supplement simplified Chinese subtitles to existing English subtitles in Mapping Your Research Ideas (video).


  • Jen's profile

    Jen

    Learner-Designer

    Jen is a User Experience and Human-Computer Interaction researcher, currently working at Google Stadia. She worked at WI+RE while completing her Ph.D. in Information Studies, and was the lead instructional designer of the research process interactive poster survey series. She also worked on the Wheel of Sources project, and co-authored a book chapter on student engagement in libraries with her fellow WI+RE members.


  • Juan's profile

    Juan

    Learner-Designer

    Juan is an undergraduate studying Economics and Film. He is interested in creating impactful visually interesting learning materials.


  • Royson's profile

    Royson

    Learner-Designer

    Royson joined the Creative Team in October 2019 until his graduation in March 2020. At WI+RE, he used his passion for accessibility to build on universal tools like "Using Google Scholar" to help learners achieve their goals. He looks forward to continuing his education and credits WI+RE for teaching him about the possibilities of design and expanding his horizons.


  • Sarah's profile

    Sarah

    Sarah Phan is an undergraduate majoring in Biochemistry. She is interested in creating innovative learning resources that inspire students and improve their learning experience. She hopes to contribute her work to establishing an inclusive and collaborative classroom environment at UCLA.


  • Shannon's profile

    Shannon

    Learner-Designer

    Shannon worked with the WI+RE Team for two years, right as the project was getting started. Through WI+RE she was able to explore and build a variety of new skills like html coding on the WI+RE website, video editing on projects such as “Reading Strategies,” and simple animation like in “Expanding Perspectives.” Most of all Shannon took away a passion for the collaborative design process and for instructional design. Shannon is currently using and building this passion as a special education teacher.


  • Taylor's profile

    Taylor

    Learner-Designer

    Taylor joined WI+RE during its first year, and worked with the team for three years. Since graduating in 2019 with a degree in English and Creative Writing, she has been freelancing and working as a Marketing Analyst at a civil engineering firm. Her experience at WI+RE shaped her continued interest in putting the readers and learners first. She also runs a writers’ group for women, nonbinary, and writers of color.


  • Xinyi(Alex)'s profile

    Xinyi(Alex)

    Learner-Designer

    Xinyi was an undergraduate double majoring in Biology and Applied Math. At WI+RE, She combined design and pedagogy to make resources on research and learning more accessible to UCLA students. Currently, Xinyi is starting a PhD program at UT Austin and will continue to devote to her passion in research and education.