Nat Bentley ’18
Nat was born in Hoa Binh, Vietnam but raised in Chapel Hill, North Carolina alongside his fraternal twin sister. He is a graduate of Cedar Ridge High School, where he completed the International Baccalaureate diploma program. He is majoring in Sociology at Pitzer. During the summer between his junior and senior year, Nat studied abroad in Vietnam through Pitzer’s pilot summer program there. While there, he was able to learn Vietnamese, eat some of the best food in his life, and begin to understand his cultural heritage. Outside of the classroom, Nat is involved in a variety of different activities. He has worked at the Grove House, one of Pitzer’s most popular on-campus eateries, for the past three years and loves the tangible skills (namely how to make tasty sandwiches) and community of people he’s gained through working there. Additionally, Nat has volunteered at the Center for Asian Pacific American Students (CAPAS) on campus over the past year and has co-hosted events to raise awareness about a number of issues facing the AAPI community today. During his junior year, Nat had the opportunity to help plan a faculty development workshop on microaggressions and inclusion in the classroom during his Institute for Global Local Action and Study (IGLAS) fellowship. Nat was the recipient of the Individual Student Award for the core value of Intercultural Understanding, which was one of the Pitzer College 2017 Student Leadership Awards. In his free time, Nat enjoys reading, listening to music, swimming and playing with puppies. After graduation, Nat plans to work for a non-profit organization centered around transgender youth advocacy.