Director of Admission Wins a National Association for College Admission Counseling Award

Claremont, Calif. (August 08, 2009) — Angel Perez, director of admission for Pitzer College, won the 2009 John B. Muir Editor Award from the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). The award will be presented at NACAC's 2009 National Conference in Baltimore, MD on September 26, 2009.

Perez's article, "Struggling Between Two Worlds: How College Affects Identity Construction," was selected by the Editorial Committee for the its significant contribution to NACAC's Journal of College admission. He was recognized for his courage to share an inspirational tale of personal experiences to help future students.

"I am honored, humbled and shocked by this news – all at the same time! I wrote this article because I wanted my colleagues to understand the sincere (and often hidden) struggles that young people who grow up in underrepresented households face when they transition to college and often carry with them into adulthood," said Perez, "It was difficult to write because it meant I would expose my own upbringing, but I'm excited that it has contributed to a national conversation about difference."

Read Struggling Between Two Worlds: How College Affects Identity Construction" (PDF).

About Pitzer College

Pitzer College is a nationally top-ranked undergraduate liberal arts and sciences institution. A member of The Claremont Colleges, Pitzer offers a distinctive approach to a liberal arts education by linking intellectual inquiry with interdisciplinary studies, cultural immersion, social responsibility and community involvement. For more information, please visit www.pitzer.edu.

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