Contact information

416-977-6000, Ext. 229

Susan Ferguson

416-977-6000, Ext. 375

I am responsible for initiatives that support student academic success at OCAD University by advancing best practices in writing pedagogy and student learning. I oversee the development of Writing & Learning Centre programs, ensuring that they are responsive to changing curriculum and the evolving needs and interests of our diverse student body. I also lead our university-wide Writing Across the Curriculum Initiative, working with the faculties to integrate support for student writing and English language learning. I have a master’s degree in the sociology of education from OISE/University of Toronto and an academic background in social research, feminist theory and disability studies. I maintain an active academic writing practice, most recently completing a chapter on embodiment, writing and decolonizing pedagogy. 

Carrianne Leung

416-977-6000, Ext. 239

I am responsible for developing and delivering a variety of academic support programs and services for OCAD University students, including our tutoring program, writing workshops and services for graduate students. I frequently teach at OCAD U, including courses in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Graduate Studies. I am also an academic, novelist and business owner. I have a PhD in sociology and equity studies and an MEd in adult education. 

Natasha Holmes

416-977-6000, ext. 2786

As the program coordinator for the Writing & Learning Centre and the Faculty Curriculum Development Centre, I provide administrative support as well as program coordination for both departments. Working closely with our student staff, I help make sure that our centres are welcoming and helpful. I have worked at OCAD University for over 5 years, starting out in the Office of the Registrar as Assistant (Information & Records), and have a BA in business management.

Claire Bartleman

416-977-6000, Ext. 3249

My role is to assist first-year students as they transition into university with academic support and community building through a variety of programs, events and workshops. This role has a special focus on supporting students who are first in their family to attend university. I have worked at the WLC for several years as a peer tutor, study-group leader and workshop facilitator, and I bring my understanding of peer support to this role. I have a BFA in art history from Concordia University and have almost completed my BFA in drawing and painting here at OCAD University.

Emilie Brancato

416-977-6000, Ext. 3248

I am responsible for developing and delivering a variety of resources and programs for students whose first language isn’t English. I work individually with students and deliver workshops in classrooms. As part of my role in the Writing Across the Curriculum initiative, I act as a resource for the OCAD University community and collaborate with faculty to support the discipline-specific writing and language-skills development of English language learners. I am also a performing artist (violin/viola) and a Lindy Hopper. I have achieved doctoral candidacy in mediaeval Studies at the University of Toronto and have a certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL).

Rebecca Diederichs


416-977-6000, Ext. 3354

As a tutor and writing consultant, I provide a range of writing support to students at all levels of undergraduate and graduate studies including tutoring for many different kinds of writing projects such as research and analysis papers, artist statements and proposals. I help students with brainstorming, assignment comprehension, mapping ideas and research, reviewing essay structure and organization, presentation and critique preparation, direction to resources and citation and documentation practices. I’ve been involved with Toronto’s art community for many years as an artist, writer, curator, administrator and have both my AOCA and BFA from OCAD University. In 2010 I received a Masters of Visual Studies from the University of Toronto. 

Lisa Myers

416-977-6000, Ext. 2261

I grew up in Milton and my work is influenced by my family stories and history from the Georgian Bay and Lake Ontario region. I am a member of Beausoleil First Nation. Writing, art and theory inspire my work as an educator, independent curator and artist. My writing practice flourished during my MFA research in criticism and curatorial practice at OCAD University, where I investigated cultural agency and the encoding of food as a material in contemporary indigenous art. Previous to my graduate studies, I worked for over a decade at aboriginal organizations and currently take a community building approach to providing writing and learning services for OCAD U students through the Indigenous Visual Culture office.


Rouzbeh Ahkbari

Program: Sculpture/Installation, 5th year
Interests: Deep fascination with trees, growth patterns, food and music

Mark Bath

Program: Illustration, 5th year
Interests: Self-proclaimed history nerd

Jennifer See-Yan Chan

Program: Illustration, 2nd year
Interests: Sexuality, race, queerness, ecology and futurity

Jessye Grundlingh

Program: Industrial Design, 4th year
Interests: Concrete, crocheting and Instagramming both

Zviko Mhakayakora

Program: Graphic Design, 4th year
Interests: Travelling, playing and listening to music and learning from students

Lucia Wallace

Program: Drawing & Painting, 2nd year
Interests: Animals, travelling, swimming and yoga

Study group leaders

Mark Bath

Program: Illustration, 5th year
Interests: Self-proclaimed history nerd

Abigail Permell

Program: Illustration, 3rd year
Interests: Making and decorating pastries and playing soccer

Sam Roberts

Program: Drawing and Painting, 4th year

Hilary Thich

Program: Sculpture/Installation, 3rd year
Interests: Watching TV with my dog and making Perler bead key chains