Faculty Achievements

Faculty Achievements 2011-2012
Community Involvement

Brent Armendinger (English and World Literature)
Professor Armendinger and students in Writing the Body (ENG 128) facilitated a Community Writing Workshop, Foothill AIDS Project, Claremont, CA, February–May 2012.

Nigel Boyle (Political Studies)
Professor Boyle led a 15-person high school teacher and Pitzer college student study group to Germany during the FIFA Women's World Cup, July 2011. Participating teachers implemented curricular modules on contemporary Europe, women and sport, soccer and racism/anti-racism and homeless "street soccer" in local schools in the 2011-12 academic year.

Professor Boyle worked with students in his first year seminar to build a partnership with the homeless organization, Jóvenes (Youth), to raise funds to send the Jovenes homeless soccer team to a national tournament and to found the Los Angeles Women's Homeless Soccer team, fall 2011.

José Zapata Calderón (Sociology and Chicano Studies, Emeritus)
Emeritus Professor Calderón and students in Rural and Urban Social Movements (SOC 155CH) participated in the 19th Annual Alternative Spring Break with farm workers and were part of organized efforts that led to the banning of methyl iodide, the continuance of a medical residency program and the refunding of the Pomona Day Labor Center, March and April 2012.

Emeritus Professor Calderón and a group of students participated in documenting the life histories of farm workers as part of the United Farm Workers 50th Anniversary Constitutional Convention, Bakersfield, CA, May 18-20, 2012.

Emeritus Professor Calderón was an organizer and speaker at the California Congreso, Pitzer College, Claremont, CA, October 29, 2011.

Kayla Kaiser (Keck Science Department)
Professor Kaiser and students in Basic Principals of Chemistry (CHEM 14) facilitated a handson demonstration booth at ChemExpo, San Diego, CA, October 22, 2011. They interacted with approximately 1,500 middle and high-school students.

Professor Kaiser and students in Chemistry 15 (Basic Principals of Chemistry) facilitated a College-in-the-Classroom activity at Manuel A. Salinas Creative Arts Elementary School in San Bernardino, CA, April 17, 2012. They interacted with approximately 200 fifth-grade students.

Adrian Pantoja (Political Studies)
Professor Pantoja is a consultant to the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) "The Great Unengaged Study," which examines the barriers to voter registration and voting in Latino communities in Texas and California.

He also serves as Contributing Analyst to Latino Decisions, a Latino political opinion research firm.

Brinda Sarathy (Environmental Analysis)
Professor Sarathy initiated "Organizing Academy" to foster environmental justice students' active engagement in community organizing and policy research in Southern California. The project is a long-term partnership between Community Action and Environmental Justice (CCAEJ) and three professors at the Claremont Colleges: Brinda Sarathy (Pitzer College), Rick Worthington (Pomona College) and Gwen D'Arcangelis (Scripps College).

Erich Steinman (Sociology)
Professor Steinman and students from Indigenous Peoples of the Americas: Colonization, Identity, Resistance (SOC78) worked with members of the Gabrielino/Tongva Band of Mission Indians to construct a Living History Garden and a mini-Tongva village at the Cooper Regional History Museum in Upland, CA.

Professor Steinman and Pitzer Tribal Liaison Scott Scoggins also worked with students at the Sherman Indian School in Riverside, CA, to promote a Native Pipeline to College process to Pitzer and other colleges and universities.

Kathleen S. Yep (Asian American Studies)
Professor Yep is the faculty advisor, co-principal investigator and project director of the web research project entitled API Women, Faith & Action: 14 Oral Histories of Asian Pacific Islander Women and Their Faith-Based Activism (http://apiwomenfaithaction.blogspot.com/). Funding is provided by the California Council for the Humanities' California Story Fund. With Rev. Deborah Lee, Sophay Duch Ferriera, Siouleolelei Paogofie, Lauren Quoc, Jun Stinson, Crystal Talitonu, Sina Uipi and Sharon Hwang Colligan.

Professor Yep, Kristin Fukushima, Traci Kato-Kiriyama and students in the Asian American Studies fieldwork course (ASAM102) facilitated citizenship support, English-as-a-Second Language and community writing workshops, Literacy for All Monterey Park, Monterey Park, CA, September 2011-May 2012.