A Look Back at the Fall Diversity Program

On October 23rd we welcomed 52 amazing prospective students onto Pitzer’s Campus for the Fall 2014 Diversity program! We had students come from all over the country to experience not only the SoCal weather but also the feel for what it is like to be a Pitzer student. For many of these students, this was their first opportunity to learn about a liberal arts education and the resources it has to offer.

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Prospective students embracing Pitzer’s Free Wall!

On their first day, we offered students an organic lunch experience in the outdoor classroom where they mingled and ate yummy Z Pizza! After lunch, they had the chance to attend a Pitzer class; from Women in the Third World to Critical Environmental Analysis. Soon it was time for the most anticipated and most competitive activity of the program….the 5-C Scavenger Hunt! The winning team received awesome Pitzer water bottles which were perfect after doing all the running! Students raved about how much fun they had during the scavenger hunt – even though it was exhausting they had the chance to experience snippets of all the 5C’s and the benefits of the consortium.

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Organic lunch experience in the outdoor classroom!

Later that evening, students had the chance to attend a variety of the cultural resource centers available at Pitzer. Students visited Latino Student Union, Black Student Union, Queer Resource Center, Multi Ethnic and Racial Group Exchange, and the Center for Asian Pacific American Students. Students were greeted and hosted by members of each of these centers and they had a chance to ask and discuss any questions or concerns. It was a very successful component of the program because students were able to interact with a variety of Pitzer students. And what better way to learn about the college than from Pitzer students themselves?

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Prospective students learning about the resources at the Center for Asian Pacific American Students!

On their last day in sunny Claremont, we (the Diversity Program) took the prospective students on a starry LA adventure to the Griffith Observatory located on the beautiful hills of Hollywood! The students were in awe overlooking the city lights of Los Angeles from the top of the Observatory. We watched an amazing star show that depicted all the great enigmas of our universe, which was almost too much to handle, but yet incredible to see.

We had so much fun planning the program but it was even more fulfilling to meet so many incredible students and see how much they enjoyed their time at Pitzer.  Many of these students lack the resources to visit schools like Pitzer so I am happy that we made this possible for such a great deserving group. After experiencing Pitzer, various students were convinced that they had to apply to Pitzer. Now its time to wait and see how many students apply and eventually join the Sagehens!

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Posted by Mayra Sandoval ’16, Sociology and Economics

Mayra Sandoval Diversity Intern

I’m Back (and Preview Pitzer Days!)

Hello again! So I know I haven’t posted in a while, life has been super hectic, but I have a long post to make up for it. The last time you heard from me I was off to Miami and it great. Unfortunately the weather didn’t seem to follow me from California and it was a bit rainy and humid, but Cecil and I didn’t let that spoil our adventures.

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Bienvenidos a Miami Cecil

I went to a number of college fairs while in Miami and Cecil got front row seats for all of them.

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Really what has been keeping me busy was Preview Pitzer Days. These events both went extremely well and I just want to say thank you to everyone that worked hard to put these events together. Every prospective student I talked enjoyed the events thoroughly.

The first Preview Pitzer Day coincided with our fall Diversity Program, which was also a smashing hit if I do say so myself.

The arrival time was a little bit crazy, as you can see.

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Say hello to some of the students from the program.
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And we can’t forget out fabulous overnight hosts.

Unfortunately, these are all the pictures I have from the program at the moment, but if anyone from the program has pictures please email them to me.

We did have one snag in the program though. On Friday night we went out to Universal City Walk, outside of Universal Studios. It seemed like everyone was having a great time, the three interns, Constance and I went out for dinner at Bubba Gump Shrimp, I watched some break dancing, and went shopping, when I got a phone call from one of the students about curfew. Now excuse my ignorant San Diegan background because in SD our curfew basically means as a minor you can’t be loitering or hanging out at the beach after a certain time. Apparently in LA it means that after 10:00pm you can’t be out at all. So as I ran out of City Walk trying to find all of the prospective students I figured out that at City Walk 5 Curfew Squad officers walk shoulder to shoulder and kick out anyone under 18 who wasn’t with a guardian. Fortunately there weren’t any issues with the Curfew Squad and it turned out our bus had shown up early so everything worked out, but I nearly had a heart attack when I got that phone call.

The November 7th Preview Pitzer Day was also a smashing hit. For those of you who don’t know, Preview Pitzer Days are special days for students to come check out campus.

Here are some highlights of the day…

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Students watching the faculty panel

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Parents questioning the students
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Prospective students questioning the student panel.
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Lunch with the parents, faculty, and staff.

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And Cecil even got some refreshments.

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If you didn’t have a chance to check out the Preview Pitzer Days we also do two days during the spring for admitted students, so you still have a second chance!
In terms of my life I am down to my last two days of school visits, Whooohoooo, one in the Inland Empire and the other in Long Beach. Even though it makes me sad that I won’t be visiting your high schools for another year, we still have a number of saved up pictures so we can keep playing…
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Where is Cecil this time?

Posted by Danny Irving, Admission Counselor

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