7 reasons why Pitzer College’s LatinX Student Union is amazing!

LatinX Student Union is an affinity group on campus that is open to students who identify as Latino/a, Chicano/a, Hispanic and their allies. It is both a club and a safe space not only for students on Pitzer’s campus, but for students from any of the 5Cs. Below are just a few reasons why Pitzer’s LatinX Student Union is absolutely amazing!

1. We have our own room- If you ever find yourself in need of a nap, stop on by the LSU room. We’ve got beanbags and pillows for students who want to take a nap in between their classes!

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2. Diversity Program Hosting- Interested in spending the night at Pitzer? Want to check out one of our club meetings? Then sign up for Pitzer’s Diversity Program! Students from our club host prospective students for an entire weekend, and they get to see firsthand what life is like as a Pitzer student.

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3. The Annual Rockabilly Festival- Do you like music? How about food trucks? Well boy do we have a treat for you. Every April, the LatinX Student Union puts on our annual Rockabilly Music Festival, where bands, vendors and car shows all come out for a day on the mounds. Come celebrate our 10th Anniversary with us in April 2017!

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4. LSU’s Quinceñera- Did you have a quince? Well, we did! LatinX Student Union celebrated its 15th anniversary this past spring with a huge cultural celebration in honor of our growth throughout the years.

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5. Bike Share Program- One great perk of being a member is that we have reserved bicycles through our college’s shared bike program. If you ever need to get somewhere quickly, then just grab one of our bike share bicycles and zip on to where you need to go!

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6. Fun Retreat- Every year LatinX Student Union goes on a retreat to promote team bonding and expanding relationships. This year we traveled up to Barton Flats for two days of camping and fun!

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7. Winner of the Leadership Award- This year, Pitzer College gave out awards to students and groups who embody our campus community core values, and guess who won the social responsibility award? Representatives from our club were so happy to be recognized for all the hard work our club does around Pitzer’s campus!

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Winter Break Research Project: A Brief Analysis of Race and Gender in Popular Drama Television Shows

After a long semester of traversing multiple classes and activities while having the time of my life, I looked forward to heading back to the Bay Area for the last winter break of my undergraduate career.  Living with my family, hanging out with friends, eating at Sol Food, and driving across the Golden Gate Bridge to San Francisco were all on my list of things to do, but I focused on one activity throughout my entire break: research.  I spent easily 3-4 hours every day doing research on the emerging “angry white man” character in three critically acclaimed drama television shows: How to Get Away with Murder, Scandal, and Grey’s Anatomy.

Before you read any further, this analysis is definitely not my justification for the hours spent every day during my break watching Netflix.  Also, there will be some spoilers, but I won’t say anything that will make you want to hunt me down.  Shonda Rhimes, the mastermind behind these three shows, has historically gone against the grains of modern television by including female protagonists, tackling issues of race in the shows, and even using color-blind casting techniques.

While many of her characters in these shows exhibit certain trends, cursory and generalizing statements about Shonda’s protagonists attenuate how multifaceted each character really is.  For example, certain individuals would say that Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) from How to Get Away with Murder, Miranda Bailey and Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) from Scandal parallel each other as strong black female protagonists.  Yet it is simply unfair to encapsulate the life experiences of Annalise, Miranda, and Olivia without understanding how uniquely different their lives are.

Similarly, the same thing occurred with the white male individuals on these shows: I began to generalize them very quickly.  I saw Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) from Grey’s Anatomy, Fitzgerald Grant (Tony Goldwyn) from Scandal, and Sam Keating (Tom Verica) from How to Get Away with Murder as the white male counterparts to the female protagonists in these shows.  Specifically, I developed a dislike for them because they all seemed to really mess with the female characters in one way or another.  These three men enforce a certain power they have over female characters in the show (I mean, Fitz is the President of the United States… you can’t get much more powerful than that…) and I found that incredibly irksome.  What I realized though, in my hours of reflection upon collecting all the data from my research, was that I began pigeonholing these characters as “angry, power-hungry males” in my head, which also is unfair to do.

Race and gender are topics incredibly difficult to tackle and even harder to fully comprehend.  Are they even able to be fully comprehended?  At Pitzer, I have taken many opportunities to learn about race and gender, whether in my classes or through my social interactions with fellow Pitzer students, which have provided a stronger sense of Intercultural Understanding.  A takeaway from this “research” experience is that even through the years of reading relevant literature and learning advanced theories on race and gender, Pitzer has helped me develop a keen sense of awareness that, to this day, I am trying to apply in my everyday life.  Also, Netflix is great and I highly encourage people to conduct “research” on it as often as they can.

 

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Posted by Charlie Yates ’15, Double Major in Science, Technology, & Society and Psychology

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Beyond Buzzwords, Part 2

Hi, readers! For those of you who have been following along for a while, welcome back! If this is your first time reading Admission Unpeeled, welcome! We created this blog over a year ago to provide behind-the-scenes insights into the Pitzer College Office of Admission, and to discuss the admission process in general. Last week we began a four-part series designed to demystify and move beyond the “buzzwords” that we use to define Pitzer’s values. We started with Social Responsibility. This week we’ll be talking about Intercultural Understanding. But first, as usual, some numbers from my travels this week:

  • The Roo (my 1999 Subaru Outback) had the week off, since I spent the whole week in Chicago with a rental car (a Hyundai Elantra named “Ellie”). Ellie gets better mileage than the Roo, so the approximate number of gallons of unleaded fuel consumed: 22.
  • Number of BLT sandwiches I ate: 3.
  • Slices of “Chicago-style” pizza I ate: 0.
  • Days in a row that “Balloon Boy” beat out Health Care as the leading news story: 3.

The importance we place on Intercultural Understanding stems from a strong belief that our world, and the ways that we hope to make it better, require us to see things from perspectives that might not come naturally to us. Few people reading this blog will honestly disagree that this is a good thing. But what does it mean specifically? Are we talking about diversity?What kinds of diversity? What kinds of cultures are we referring to, and how does this idea play out in our admission process as well as at Pitzer on a daily basis?

For prospective students, this means two things: one, we’re looking for students who contribute in some way to the diversity of our community; and two, that students value the diversity around them. We want an intellectually diverse student body in which you can find friends interested in Neuroscience, Environmentalism, Literature, Art, etc. We want an ethnically diverse student body in which your relationships with your peers become genuine learning opportunities every day. We want a geographically diverse student body from which you can know a good place to get a home cooked meal anywhere in the world. We want a racially diverse student body that reflects the world we live in. Diversity comes in many forms and part of your job in the application is to explain how you contribute to, and value, our diverse community.

Significantly, we want this same diversity from the faculty who guide our education. Pitzer already has one of the most diverse faculties of any liberal arts college in the country, and the administration has made it clear that continuing to diversify our faculty is a real institutional priority.

Aside from who you (the prospective student) already are, we want to see that you crave a diverse environment. Maybe you grew up in the middle of Manhattan with a cacophony of languages and cultures all around you. Or maybe you’re from a small town where almost everyone around you knows your first, middle, and last name. Either way, we want to bring students to Pitzer who can articulate what they’re excited to contribute to the community, as well as their desire to learn from others in it.

The journey only begins once students arrive at Pitzer on move-in day! All of our academic programs require students to incorporate some cultural study that takes them outside of their own community. The major you select or create will need to include at least one course on a non-Western or non-American subject.

Moving beyond the classroom, more than 70% of Pitzer students study abroad before they graduate! Our students go abroad more than those from almost any other school for a number of reasons. First, we actively look for prospective students who are excited to take this opportunity. Second, we think of studying abroad as an integral part of a progressive liberal arts education, not an optional luxury. As a result, all of our Financial Aid packages apply to studying abroad. If students are admitted to Pitzer, then they can study abroad through Pitzer. Finally, our students are encouraged to study abroad by their faculty and peers because we know the value of a community that is enriched by other cultures. When at least three out of four people around a table have spent a significant chunk of time in a foreign country, it changes the kinds of conversations one can have. It will also change what you and your peers do after you leave Pitzer.

Since 2002, Pitzer has been awarded more Fulbright Fellowships than any other school in America per capita. After graduation you can find Pitzer alumni scattered across the globe, literally. Many choose to return to countries in which they studied, others join organizations that allow them to serve a totally new community, and still others simply seem to throw a dart at a map and take off to explore themselves and their world. As a community, we believe that the world would be a better place if more people shared this attitude!

I hope that this gives you a better idea of what we mean when we talk about Intercultural Understanding. If you have any questions or comments we would love to hear from you. Before you go though, take a minute to check out where Cecil the Sagehen has been this week! While everyone in the office is running around the country meeting students this season, we snap shots of Cecil in various locations. If you can figure out where Cecil has been in these pictures, then we’ll send you a prize. Honest! We’ve already had two winners: congratulations to Katie Kecso of West Des Moines, Iowa and Benjamin Levine of Providence, Rhode Island. Keep up the good work!

I went out one night in Chicago and Cecil was unable to join me (past Cecil’s bedtime). I was able to capture some video from the night before a security guard asked me not to film inside the club (sheesh!). If you can figure out who’s singing on stage, then you’ll not only get a prize from Pitzer, but a special nod of approval from me. And we all know how satisfying a nod of approval can be. Until next week, my friends!

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Posted by Adam Rosenzweig, Admission Counselor

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