Community Engagement Center Staff

Scott Hall 108 (A-C)
1050 N. Mills Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711
909.607.8183
cec_staff@pitzer.edu

Tessa Hicks-Peterson, PhD

Tessa Hicks Peterson
Assistant Vice President of Community Engagement
Assistant Professor, Urban Studies
Scott Hall 108B
909.607.3061

Tessa Hicks Peterson is the Assistant Vice President of Community Engagement at Pitzer College and as such acts as the faculty director of the Community Engagement Center as well as an Assistant Professor of Urban Studies. Before arriving to Pitzer five years ago, Tessa worked with communities throughout Southern California on human relations and civil rights issues as Associate Director at the Anti-Defamation League and, prior to that, as the Youth Programs Director at the National Conference for Community and Justice. She has a Masters and PhD in Cultural Studies from Claremont Graduate University and a BA in Psychology, Sociology and Spanish from UC Santa Cruz. She has traveled widely, lived in Brazil and Spain, and has led seminars and trainings nationally and internationally on issues ranging from hate crimes and race relations to empowerment through movement and art. Her scholarship includes the study of social movements, intercultural relations, indigenous studies, border studies, poverty, and community-based pedagogy involving participatory-action research and civic engagement. She currently teaches courses in Social Change and Community-based Research within the Pitzer in Ontario program. Aside from dancing, yoga and hiking, Tessa finds her ultimate peace and joy with her new love, Isaiah James, born in spring of 2011. Tessa and her husband, John, along with baby Isaiah and their old Lab, Chaney, reside in the canyon of Sierra Madre.

Tricia Morgan

Tricia Morgan, B.A.
Assistant Director
Scott Hall 108A
909.607.8184

Tricia Morgan first joined Pitzer College as a New Resources Student in Spring 2006. After graduating in Spring 2008 with a BA in Sociology (and a minor in History), she joined the staff of CEC as the Office Manager. Tricia is responsible for all CEC budgets and finances, payroll, grant reporting, student intern assistance, all orientations and training for new CEC staff and general office supervision. In addition to her role at CEC, Tricia has also served on college governance committees as a Staff Council Representative (SCR) and as the staff representative on the Academic Planning Committee (APC). During her time at Pitzer, Tricia has made many contributions to CEC and Pitzer including but not but limited to: revision of community engagement evaluation tools; playing a key role in developing the first ever Staff Strategic Plan and participating in college governance to include staff needs in the fiscal Tactical Plan of the college; improving CEC office functions including creation of office handbooks and other best practices; playing a key role in the creation of CEC’s first Bi-Annual Report; successfully attaining a place for Pitzer College on the Presidential Community Service Honor Roll; and obtaining the coveted Carnegie Community Engagement Classification on behalf of the College. Tricia is currently enrolled in the doctoral program at Claremont Graduate University’s School of Education for Higher Education Administration. Her research interests include access and equity in higher education, mentoring, professional development, and mindful community engagement. Outside of work and school Tricia is a mother of two who enjoys gardening and loves to laugh.

Natalie Mendoza
Urban Fellow
Scott Hall 108
909.607.8183

Natalie graduated from Pitzer College Spring 2013 with double major in Sociology and Chicana/o Latina/o Studies.  During her sophomore year at Pitzer, she began interning at the Pomona Economic Opportunity Center as an English as a Second Language instructor and later as assistant to the Urban Fellow. Natalie has worked with Amigos de los Rios, an environmental non-profit dedicated to creating green spaces in the San Gabriel Valley and various community garden projects. The Community Engagement Center provided her with many opportunities to engage with local communities she hopes to further develop those projects next year with the Pitzer community. Natalie will be working with the Pomona Economic Opportunity Center as well as the Howard Hughes Medical Institute STEM Coordinator.

Adam Williams

Adam Williams
Urban Fellow
Scott Hall 108
909.607.8183

Adam graduated from Pitzer in 2012 with a degree in English and World Literature with a focus on Creative Writing. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Adam was the first member of his family to graduate from college, and seeks to help young adults achieve the same goal. To further his cause, he is currently training to become a high school English teacher. As a Pitzer student, Adam volunteered to work with at-risk children as a member of Jumpstart, and later worked as a preschool assistant at the Westside Children’s Center in Los Angeles. The experience working with kids influenced him to work with teens and adults in the community, which led to him volunteering at a writing workshop at Prototypes during his senior year. Adam currently resides in Glendale, where he mentors a few local students and tutors English in his free time. A four-year member of the Pomona-Pitzer Sagehen baseball team, Adam is an avid sports fan who enjoys rooting for Los Angeles area sports teams and, of course, the ‘Hens! Adam is the Urban Fellow for both Camp Afflerbaugh Paige and Prototypes at the Community Engagement Center. 

Affiliated Staff

Jenessa Flores

Jenessa Flores
Jumpstart Site Manager
Atherton Hall 415-417
909.607.9290

Jenessa Flores came to Pitzer College as a New Resources student in the fall of 2008 and received her B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Chican@ Studies in 2010. It was during a class that she had taken with Professor Jose Calderon that she started doing community engagement work with the Pomona Day Labor Center as well as organizing the Encuentro lunches for two years. During her last year at Pitzer she was a Glikbarg intern where she assisted in the planning and organizing of the annual trip to La Paz in which students were able to have an in-depth lesson about the life of Cesar Chavez and the UFW(United Farmworkers Union). She served as the Urban Fellow for the Community Engagement Center where she worked with the Pomona Day Labor Center as well as facilitating classes at Camp Afflerbaugh-Paige, a juvenile detention center located in La Verne, CA.  Prior to working at Pitzer College, Jenessa was a founding member of Legacy Project Arts Inc. which is a community based organization whose mission is to provide supplemental services and funding to the community, & community programs through a wide range of services and events that include; the arts, education, professional enrichment, and local initiatives. Jenessa is now pursuing her graduate degree at Claremont Graduate University. She is currently the Site Manager at Jumpstart.

Scott Scoggins

Scott Scoggins
Native American Pipeline Director & Outreach Liaison
Office Phone: 909.607.3301
Cell: 909.706.5948

My name is Scott Edward Orellaña Ingles Scoggins and I am proud to be of Pipil Nahuat, Pocoman Maya, and Scottish ancestry. I am a Native of Los Angeles and was born into a family that was deeply invested in various political and social movements in El Salvador and the United States. This background instilled in me an internal drive, desire, and sense of duty to work towards social justice for all. I implement multicultural education programs that challenge, inspire, support, and motivate young people to pursue higher education. At the same time, I strive to educate non-Native communities on traditional cultures and protocol, as well. My current work at the Claremont Colleges connects Native American youth to higher education opportunities that will enable them to take on leadership roles within their tribal communities. My personal motto, “Tradition for Life - Education For Our Future” cuts to the core of my belief in a dual focus on traditional learning and academic preparation for success in both local and global networks. My comprehensive programs are designed to support students and community members on intellectual, physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual levels. I am the Native American Program Coordinator for the California Campus Compact-funded Social Innovations Projects.