Pitzer Spotlights

2005-2006 Spotlight Archives

Amazing Teacher, Amazing Student

Emily London '06 and Professor Norma Rodriguez

Emily London ’06, a psychology major with a gender/feminist studies (GFS) minor and the student representative to the GFS field group, was one of only a few undergraduate students selected to give a poster presentation at the annual 2005 national American Psychological Association’s conference in Washington D.C.

Her poster presentation was titled “Gendered Social Relationships and Psychological Adjustment among Mexican-Origin Adults.”

During her junior year at Pitzer, Emily also gave a poster presentation titled “Social Support and Undermining among Men and Women of Mexican Origin” at the Western Psychological Association regional conference. The presentations from both conferences will be integrated and submitted for publication in a women’s psychology journal.

"Norma Rodriguez is an amazing teacher who truly cares about her students. She is incredibly passionate about education. I consider the time that I have spent working with her on these projects to be among my most rewarding and enjoyable experiences while at Pitzer. She has fostered a love of research in me and has opened my eyes to many new experiences that I never could have imagined I would enjoy so much. She has been a great mentor to me and for that I can never thank her enough," Emily said.

Equally as enthusiastic about collaborating with Emily, Professor Rodriguez states, "It has been a great pleasure working with someone as hardworking and dedicated as Emily over the past couple of years on this research. Her attention to detail and her understanding of the research literature make this faculty/student collaborative research process extremely rewarding. Although I will miss her when she graduates at the end of this year, I look forward to our continued relationship, personally and professionally."

Consuelo Bingham Mira, MSW, ABD of the UCLA Department of Social Welfare at UCLA describes her interaction with Emily as similar to “working with a fellow graduate student." Emily serves as the president of Pitzer College's Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology/Student Psychological Association. Emily, born in Berkeley, Calif., plans to pursue a pre-med program in the fall after she graduates.