Meet the Team


Cydney Delia

Academic Resource Center Director
Room 507

Cydney Delia is the Academic Resource Center Director at NYU Shanghai. She manages all aspects of the Academic Resource Center, including the Global Writing & Speaking Fellows and the Learning Assistants. She is also responsible for coordinating the assessment for NYU Shanghai’s curriculum and creating and implementing new programs as necessary to support students’ academic success. Before working for NYU Shanghai, she served as a learning specialist and coordinator of learning services at the University of Baltimore. Cydney has also taught undergraduate courses in English and Business Law, and is an active member of the Maryland State Bar Association.

Global Writing & Speaking Fellows

NYU Shanghai Global Writing & Speaking Fellows provide academic support and enrichment for the students at NYU Shanghai. Fellows provide support in writing, speaking, and general academic skills. They work closely with faculty, and they tutor, teach, and collaborate with different university departments to spearhead projects and initiatives that enrich the student academic experience and university community at large. Fellows also have the opportunity to work on their own writing and research projects over the course of the academic year. Find out more about how to apply to be a Global Writing & Speaking Fellow

Coordination Team

Emma Lumeij - Senior Global Fellow for Writing & Speaking Coordination

Haverford College, BA - English

Emma was born and raised in New York City’s Chinatown. In 2016, she graduated with a degree from Haverford College in English (Honors) and received the William Ellis Scull Prize, a prize awarded annually to the senior who has shown the greatest achievement in voice and in the articulation of the English language. As a student, she worked as a peer tutor at Haverford’s writing center and served as the editor-in-chief of Body/Text, a student-run and student-written academic journal. Having spent the past year working as a Writing and Speaking Fellow at NYU Shanghai, she will be returning for second year as the Senior Global Fellow for Writing & Speaking Coordination.

The Senior Global Fellow for Writing & Speaking Coordination acts as a liaison between the Writing Faculty and Writing & Speaking Fellows by coordinating writing and speaking related workshops and student outreach. Duties also include tutoring in the ARC, and working alongside the coordination team to help plan training and events.

Calvin Zhao - Senior Global Fellow for Academic Skills & Coaching Coordination

Boston University, BA – Economics; minor in Chinese

Calvin considers himself to be one-third Chinese and two-thirds American after spending his childhood in Beijing, California, and Massachusetts. He graduated with an economics degree from Boston University, where he developed an interest in working with students through his various roles at BU Admissions, Orientation, and Summer Term. In between on-campus commitments, which also included writing for the BU student newspaper, he squeezed in study-abroad semesters in London and Shanghai. His experiences interning at a London-based financial recruitment startup and the Shanghai headquarters of EF English First cemented his belief in constantly chasing new perspectives. As a Writing and Speaking Fellow last year, Calvin further pursued his interest in higher education by completing a project on the Chinese student experience at NYUSH and this year he is excited to return as the Senior Global Fellow for Academic Skills & Coaching Coordination. Outside of work, Calvin can be seen cheering on Jeremy Lin, attempting to get by on his semi-broken Chinese and exploring new places.

The Senior Global Fellow for Academic Skills & Coaching Coordination assists the ARC Director to coordinate workshops, Academic Coaching, and the Academic Support Program. Duties also include tutoring in the ARC and working with the Coordination Team to develop training, meetings, and events.


Sophia Gant - Senior Global Writing & Speaking Fellow

Haverford College, BA - Comparative Literature, minors in Film Studies and French

Sophia is excited to return to the Academic Resource Center for her second year as a Writing and Speaking Fellow. Prior to starting at NYU Shanghai, Sophia studied at Haverford College, where she majored in Comparative Literature and completed minors in French and Film Studies. She worked as a peer tutor in Haverford's Writing Center for three years. She also served as a mentor to first-year students and worked for the Office of Admission during her time at Haverford. Her senior thesis combined her disparate interests in medieval Christianity and the modern artistic medium of cinema, focusing on Joan of Arc and the narrative of martyrdom. Sophia is a born-and-bred New Englander and hopes to return to her beloved Boston for graduate school. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring new places on foot, watching movies in old-school cinemas, and keeping her finger on the pulse of Shanghai's dynamic food and beverage scene.


Melina Cary - Global Writing & Speaking Fellow

NYU, BA - East Asian Studies; minor in French

Melina spent an unconventional freshman year studying at New York University in Shanghai through NYU’s Liberal Studies Program. That experience solidified her passion for China, culture, and languages. She went on to graduate in 2015 with a BA in East Asian studies and a minor in French studies. In her senior year at NYU, Melina worked at NYU’s Silver School of Social Work as the sole writing consultant for a cohort of 30 Mandarin speaking Masters in Social Work Students. After graduation, Melina worked for two years as an English teacher in Hunan Province, China. When she’s not working, Melina enjoys singing, making friends with every cat she meets, and attempting to play the guzheng, or Chinese zither.


Johanna Costigan – Global Writing & Speaking Fellow

Bard College, BA – Written Arts and Asian Studies

Johanna is a recent graduate of Bard College, where she was a double major in Written Arts and Asian Studies. A native New Yorker, she first practiced her Chinese while ordering dumplings in Chinatown. She writes fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and long-form feature articles. Johanna contributed to various publications at her college in all these genres, and served as the Chinese editor for Bard's translation magazine. She worked as a Writing Consultant at the Learning Commons.

Emma Fredgant – Global Writing & Speaking Fellow

Pomona College, BA – English Literature and French

Emma arrives in Shanghai with a recently-acquired degree from Pomona College in California, where she double majored in English Literature and French. She worked at the Pomona College Writing Center for three years. She was also a senior editor for the literary magazine on campus. Now that college is over, Emma looks forward to developing some new hobbies –baking, ping pong, still life? Emma loved her time in sunny Claremont, but she is excited to get back to a part of the world that has rain and multiple seasons.

Isa Ho – Global Writing & Speaking Fellow

Yale-NUS College, BA – Literature; minor in Arts and Humanities with a Creative Writing focus

Isa majored in Literature at Yale-NUS College, and minored in Arts and Humanities with a focus on creative writing. For her senior capstone she compared Mrs Dalloway with Singaporean film 12 Storeys, examining the uses of space in different mediums. She spent much of her time in college learning (and re-learning) the art of the essay in its various forms, from attending the Prague Summer Program to working in the Yale-NUS Writers' Centre as a peer tutor. Born in Singapore and raised in Beijing, Isa can be found in her spare time watching and analyzing films and television, making lists, and attempting to find the perfect bowl of zhajiangmian.

Ellen Kim – Global Writing & Speaking Fellow

Smith College, BA – Government and East Asian Studies

Ellen graduated from Smith College in 2016 with degrees in Government and East Asian Studies. She credits her college for not only instilling a passion in cross-cultural diplomacy and education, but for also developing her skills in in peer advising, teaching, and leadership. After graduation, she worked to provide resources and advocacy to the developmentally disabled community while tutoring youth in English, Math, and the SAT. When she isn't teaching or writing her future Netflix comedy special, Ellen enjoys photo/video documentation, eating, and exploring places both old and new.

Alexandra Sanchez – Global Writing & Speaking Fellow

Pomona College, BA – Biology

Alex is a proud Xicana from Northern California. She is a low-income, first-gen graduate from Pomona College. Reflecting on her experience as a marginalized student and inspired by a great community of friends, Alex has spent much of her time mentoring middle school and high school students from similar marginalized backgrounds. The same experiences led her to delve into the humanities and social sciences and resulted in enthusiasm for post-colonial literature, religious studies, sociology, and anthropology. Combining these with her interest in STEM education, Alex wrote her thesis on institutional diversity through an ethnography of Pomona College’s STEM learning communities. She worked for 3 years at her school’s writing center and loved every second of it. Outside of school, Alex can usually be found in her room reading, re-watching Avatar: The Last Airbender for the 100th time, dancing, or singing along to musicals.

Xinyuan (Jane) Shen - Global Writing & Speaking Fellow

University of Pennsylvania, M.S.Ed. - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Shanghai International Studies University, BA - English Translation

Xinyuan was born and raised in Shanghai. After spending a semester in Germany during her undergraduate study, she explored her academic interests in linguistics, education and intercultural communication. Therefore, upon graduating from Shanghai International Studies University, she decided to further her study in the United States in pursuit of her interests. In both her academic endeavors as well as extracurricular activities at the University of Pennsylvania, she has been equipped with different pedagogy as well as second language acquisition theories. As an academic tutor, a graduate student at Upenn, and an ESL teacher of Hispanic immigrants in Philadelphia, Xinyuan has honed her research skills and enlarged her teaching repertoire. Outside of work and study, she enjoys music, traveling and reading. Now she is thrilled to come back home and join the NYU team where she can work in a multicultural environment and share her passion in education.

Stephen Speers – Global Writing & Speaking Fellow

University of North Carolina at Asheville, BA – Literature

Stephen Speers graduated from the University of North Carolina at Asheville with a degree in Literature with Teaching Licensure. A native of North Carolina, he grew up in Raleigh and enjoyed hiking through the Blue Ridge Mountains in college when he wasn't busy with his studies. At UNCA, he was a North Carolina Teaching Fellow and spent time tutoring disadvantaged youth in nearby communities. After graduating, Stephen completed a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Gyeongju, South Korea. While in Korea, he also served as an editor for Infusion, Fulbright Korea's biannual academic and literary magazine. Most recently, Stephen taught high school English at a public school in North Carolina for a year. He is thrilled to be returning to Asia and to have the chance to immerse himself in Shanghai.

Hannah Treasure – Global Writing & Speaking Fellow

NYU Gallatin, BA – Education, Human Rights, and Chinese Studies

Graduating from NYU Gallatin, Hannah created a concentration called "The Classroom as a Model for Society," which explores how to empower individuals as political agents through creative writing pedagogy. Her minor is in Chinese, and she has interned at PEN America and the Asia Society Policy Institute. She was also Editor in Chief of The Journal of Global Affairs and taught English through creative writing at an adult literacy center. She has lived in China the past three summers, and is thrilled to be coming back to Shanghai to have the opportunity to teach writing and pursue her poetry.


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