Alumni Weekend 2024 Reunion Volunteers


Alumni Weekend is April 26–28, 2024, and we cannot wait to celebrate with you!

At Alumni Weekend, we’ll be celebrating two special groups of Pitzer alumni! 

Pitzer Trailblazers
Classes celebrating 50 years or more helped shape the College and blazed the trail for the Pitzer students of today. If you graduated in 1974 or earlier, you are a Pitzer Trailblazer! 

All Alumni in Classes Ending in 4s and 9s
1969 (55th Reunion), 1974 (50th Reunion), 1979 (45th Reunion), 1984 (40th Reunion), 1989 (35th Reunion), 1994 (30th Reunion), 1999 (25th Reunion), 2004 (20th Reunion), 2009 (15th Reunion), 2014 (10th Reunion), and 2019 (5th Reunion) 

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for your Reunion! There are many ways you can participate as a Class Volunteer:

  • Partner with Pitzer staff to plan class-specific and all-class programming. 
  • Recruit classmates to serve as committee members, event co-hosts, and panelists. 
  • Promote Alumni Weekend to classmates through personal outreach. 
  • Encourage classmates to come back and give back during Alumni Weekend. 

If you would like to learn more about becoming a Reunion Representative, please email us at [email protected]

Reunion Volunteer Resources

Important Dates for Reunion Volunteers 

September 7, 2023
12 p.m. PT

Monthly Meeting

October 5, 2023
12 p.m. PT

Monthly Meeting

November 2, 2023
12 p.m. PT

Monthly Meeting

November 17, 2023

Deadline to submit all-class programming suggestions

December 7, 2023
12 p.m. PT

Monthly Meeting

December 8, 2023

Deadline to submit reunion class event ideas

January 4, 2024
12 p.m. PT

Monthly Meeting

February 1, 2024
12 p.m. PT

Monthly Meeting

March 7, 2024
12 p.m. PT

Monthly Meeting

April 4, 2024
12 p.m. PT

Monthly Meeting

April 26–28, 2024

Alumni Weekend 2024! 


Steven C. González ’85: 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award

Steven C. González ’85

Pitzer’s Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes a graduate who boldly puts the spirit of a Pitzer education into action and demonstrates a commitment to making meaningful changes in their community.

Chief Justice Steven C. González is the Washington Supreme Court’s 58th Chief Justice. Before joining the Supreme Court, Chief Justice González served as a trial judge on the King County Superior Court and practiced both criminal and civil law. He was an assistant US attorney, a domestic violence prosecutor for the City of Seattle, and in private practice at a Seattle law firm. While working in private practice, González regularly provided pro bono representation. The chief justice has received numerous awards, including the Golden Scarf from the Seattle Sounders FC; the 2022 Spirit of Excellence Award from the American Bar Association’s Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession; and the 2021 CZ Smith Trailblazer Award from the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington.

Chief Justice González is passionate about providing open access to the justice system. He was appointed by the Supreme Court to the Washington State Access to Justice Board and served as chair for the Interpreter Commission to enhance language access across Washington state. González also mentors students and serves as a board member for the Washington Leadership Institute, whose mission is to recruit, train, and develop traditionally underrepresented attorneys for future leadership positions in the Washington State Bar Association and legal community.

Chief Justice González earned his BA with honors in East Asian Studies from Pitzer College and his JD from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, where he was the technical editor of the La Raza Law Journal. During his sophomore year at Pitzer, González studied at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan, and during the spring semester of his senior year, he studied at Nanjing University in China. Before law school, he did graduate work in economics at Hokkaido University. He received Honorary Doctor of Laws Degrees from Gonzaga University School of Law in 2011 and the University of Puget Sound in 2015.

Chief Justice González speaks Japanese, Spanish, and some Mandarin Chinese. He lives in Olympia with his wife, Michelle, and their two sons.

Michael V. Ceraso ’14: 2022 Young Alumni Achievement Award

Michael V. Ceraso ’14

Pitzer’s Young Alumni Achievement Award recognizes graduates of the last 10 years who apply Pitzer’s unique educational experience to their professional life and find creative and innovative ways to make impactful changes in the community.

Michael V. Ceraso has over a decade of experience in electoral campaigns and political advocacy. Ceraso worked on President Barack Obama’s first presidential run after he graduated from Citrus College. After working on several down-ballot races in the Northeast, Ceraso returned home to earn his Political Science and Government degree from Pitzer College in the New Resources Program. His rise through the political ranks led him to manage statewide operations for presidential hopefuls Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg. In between, he worked on Capitol Hill and managed down-ballot races in the rural South. Ceraso also ran for Claremont City Council twice, including a second-place finish in District 5.

Ceraso is the founder and executive director of Winning Margins, a public relations firm that works with executives, political candidates, and advocacy leaders. Established in 2017, Winning Margins also provides resources for underfunded candidates in underserved communities who lack the financial resources and staff talent to compete. Ceraso also founded Community Groundwork, which offers training and mentorship programs, networking opportunities, and financial resources to two-year community college students who are interested in working in government advocacy political campaigns but do not have the same opportunities as students at four-year schools. Community Groundwork first originated in 2019 when Ceraso raised $6,000 through a GoFundMe campaign for a pilot program with 22 students at Cerritos and Long Beach community colleges.

Ceraso’s interests do not just lie with political advocacy and mentoring the next generation of students; he currently writes and interviews up-and-coming comic book talent through Comics Bookcase.

Adrian Brandon ’15: 2021 Young Alumni Achievement Award Honoree

Adrian Brandon ’15, 2021 Young Alumni Achievement Award Honoree

Pitzer’s Young Alumni Achievement Award recognizes graduates of the last 10 years who apply Pitzer’s unique educational experience to their professional life and find creative and innovative ways to make impactful changes in the community.

Adrian Brandon is an artist whose work reflects the full spectrum of the Black experience. He captures what he describes as “the unique joy, swagger, and love” shared in the Black community and raises awareness about racial injustice and violence. In February 2019, Brandon started “Stolen”—a portrait series dedicated to Black Americans who have been killed by police. He begins each work with an outline, then colors in the portrait for an amount of time that correlates with how long the person lived: 1 year of life = 1 minute of color. The unfinished portraits embody the years of life stolen. The series was on view at his first public exhibition, in Brooklyn, NY, in November 2019, and can be viewed on Instagram, where Brandon’s work has drawn upwards of 200,000 followers. His current series, “Brooklyn Windows,” reflects the isolation and complexity of life during COVID-19.

An environmental analysis and studio art major at Pitzer, Brandon organized and exhibited in the 2015 senior art show, Nine. He studied abroad at Pitzer’s Firestone Center for Restoration Ecology in Costa Rica and played on the Sagehens Men’s Basketball team. His senior year, he was awarded a Fulbright to teach English in Taiwan. Brandon’s artwork lives on where he has lived: his powerful murals in Costa Rica, Taiwan, and on the Pitzer campus speak to art’s ability to communicate across divides of culture and time.  

Pitzer@Home

One Pitzer. Support our efforts to respond to the most pressing needs of the Pitzer community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

PITZER ALUMNI TOWN HALL
Friday, May 1 @ 12 p.m.

Please join Pitzer College President Melvin L. Oliver for a virtual Town Hall discussion with our family community.

Click here to register.

MEDITATION: RESEARCH & PRAXIS
Monday, April 27 @ 12:15 p.m.
Sit in on our PAS Faculty-in-Residence Virtual Lunch as Professor Marcus Rodriguez leads an informal discussion about mindfulness based on his research and walk us through a brief, guided relaxation exercise. Click here to register.

RAMADAN 2020: QURAN QUEST IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Nightly, until May 23 @ 8:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
Throughout the course of the month, Chaplin Adeel will be covering the entirety of the Quran, discussing how to relate and apply the message to daily life. Please visit Facebook, Instagram, or Zoom to view.

TUESDAY TAKEOVER
Live Throughout the Day
View our Instagram Live Broadcast on our alumni Instagram as one of our alumni takes over and shares what’s going on in their life

HOW TO SUPPORT A SURVIVOR
Tuesday, April 28 @ 1 p.m.
In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the emPOWER Center addresses the common signs of sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, stalking, and related stress or trauma as well as simple ways each of us can support survivors in our lives in this virtual workshop. Among topics discussed is how to support survivors during the added changes, complications, and stress of sheltering-in-place during COVID-19. Prior Registration Required. Email for more information.

SKY CAMPUS HAPPINESS
Wednesdays, until May 6th @ 5:30 p.m.
We invite you to step inwards with a 30-minute interactive guided meditation & breath work sessions for the Claremont Colleges Community by SKY Campus Happiness faculty. Click here to join Zoom meeting.

RAMADAN 2020: HALAQAH
Thursdays, until May 23 @ 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
An intimate sessions of the Claremont Muslim community to chat and discuss a variety of different topics. Please contact Chaplain Adeel for more information or to join.

PZ FRIDAYS
Fridays
Submit a photo of your Pitzer Pride to enter in the weekly drawing to win PZ gear and gift cards! Winners will be announced every Monday with their winning photo. The drawing is open to Pitzer students, faculty, staff, alumni and parents! You may submit one photo every Friday. Click here to submit your photo.

PITZER@HOME PRESENTS STAY AT HOME WITH PITZER ART GALLERIES
Friday, May 1 @ 11 a.m.
Pitzer College Professor of Art and co-curator of the 2017 Faculty Art Show, Bill Anthes is joined by Pitzer Art Field Group faculty Tim Berg and Jessica McCoy in the second in our “Stay at Home” series. Faculty Art Show was co-curated by Professor of Art Bill Anthes and Pitzer College Art Galleries Director and Curator Ciara Ennis. To register, please click here.

PITZER ALUMNI TOWN HALL
Friday, May 1 @ 12 p.m.
Please join Pitzer College President Melvin L. Oliver for a virtual Town Hall discussion with our family community. Click here to register.

RAMADAN 2020: JUMMAH REFLECTIONS
Fridays, until May 23 @ 1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Join Chaplain Adeel for his weekly sermons. Each week, he will be discussing a new topic. Tune into Facebook.

Friday Events

PZ Fridays

9 a.m.
Zumba Fridays

10 a.m.
Circuit Training Fridays

12 p.m.
Boot Camp Fridays

1 p.m.
Ramadan 2020: Jummah Reflections

Starting in May
PZ Virtual Watch Party

#StayingConnected Global Resources

Created for our Pitzer alumni and family community, this digital one-stop-shop is designed with you in mind. It features curated content, resources, and virtual experiences from a variety of genres and disciplines.
Click here to view.

For a full list of upcoming events, please click here.

One Pitzer. Support our efforts to respond to the most pressing needs of the Pitzer community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alumni Association Past Presidents

We thank the following Alumni Association Presidents for their service:

1971-1975
Louise Beaudette Thornton ’68

1975-1977
Ann M. Lawson Bilodeau ’69

1977-1979
Judith Jennings Treas ’69

1979-1981
Kathey Rupp Haas ’71

1981-1983
Susan C. Price ’70

1983-1985
Kathleen Blunt Marmon ’72, P’16

1985-1988
Deborah Bach Kallick ’78

1988-1990
Sandra J. Sigman ’78

1990-1993
Camille Lombardo ’70

1993-1995
Anita Oei ’75

1995-1998
William C. Sias ’78

1998-2000
Margaret Rose Perry ’78

2000-2003
Andrew Goodman ’81

2003-2006
Ella Pennington ’81

2006-2009
Claudio R. Chavez ’88

2009-2011
Claudio R. Chavez ’88

2011-2013
Gilbert V. Gonzales ’03

2013-2015
Tracy McDonald Tindle ’82

2015-2017
Brian Christiansen ’93

2017-2019
Timothy F. Campos ’10

2019-2021
Michele Siqueiros ’95 

Angela Sanbrano ’75: 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award Honoree

Pitzer’s Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes a graduate who boldly puts the spirit of a Pitzer education into action and demonstrates a commitment to making meaningful changes in their community.

Angela Sanbrano ’75: 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award Honoree
Angela Sanbrano ’75, 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award Honoree

Angela Sanbrano is an acclaimed activist and community organizer who has led some of the nation’s most prominent immigrant- and refugee-rights groups, including the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) and the Central American Resource Center-LA (CARECEN). Sanbrano now serves as co-executive director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network.

Born in Juarez, Mexico, and raised in El Paso, TX, Sanbrano majored in psychology at Pitzer. She began community organizing in the ’70s, advocating bilingual education and housing rights in Los Angeles. In 1983, Sanbrano earned a law degree at the Peoples College of Law in LA, where she met Salvadoran refugees fleeing their country’s civil war. Two years later, she became executive director of CISPES, a national grassroots organization that supports social and economic justice in El Salvador and opposes US intervention in the Central American country. She served as an official witness of the signing of the Chapultepec Peace Accords in Mexico City, which ended the 12-year civil war in El Salvador in 1992.

Sanbrano took the helm of CARECEN, the largest Central American immigrant rights organization in the US, in the mid-1990s, leading the organization as its executive director until 2007. During that time, she helped organize the massive 2006 immigrant rights march in LA that drew more than one million people to the streets, according to organizers’ estimates.

In addition to her work with CISPES and CARECEN, Sanbrano was president of the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities, now called Alianza Americas, when it won a 2010 MacArthur “Genius” Award for Creative & Effective Institutions. Last fall, Sanbrano witnessed the canonization of the late Archbishop Oscar Romero at the Vatican in Rome, where she spoke to Pope Francis about the plight of Salvadorans and children who are facing deportation from the US.

She is also the co-chair of the Latino and Latina Roundtable of the Pomona and San Gabriel Valley and chair of CARECEN’s Board of Directors. Now president emeritus of Alianza Americas, Sanbrano has also sat on the boards of many other organizations, including the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, National Council of La Raza, now called UNIDOSUS, and the National Immigration Forum.

Reflecting on her many accomplishments, Sanbrano calls her Pitzer education “a turning point in my life.”

“As a first-generation immigrant and the first member of my family to go to college, it was important to find a supportive educational environment,” Sanbrano said. “I found that and more at Pitzer. The educational environment, interdisciplinary academic program, community engagement approach and a culturally diverse student body broadened my understanding of my own identity and deepened my commitment to building a more just and humane world with racial and economic equity.”

Mere Abrams ’10: 2019 Young Alumni Achievement Award Honoree

Pitzer’s Young Alumni Achievement Award recognizes graduates of the last 10 years who apply Pitzer’s unique educational experience to their professional life and find creative and innovative ways to make impactful changes in the community.

Mere Abrams '10. 2019 Young Alumni Award
Mere Abrams ’10, 2019 Young Alumni Achievement Award Honoree

Mere Abrams is a gender specialist and consultant who is helping the world understand that “the idea that there is male and female isn’t incorrect, it is just incomplete.” Abrams, whose pronouns are they/them/theirs, is a writer, speaker, educator, researcher and social worker. They reach a worldwide audience through public speaking, publications, social media—@meretheir has 17,000 Instagram followers and counting—and their gender support services practice, https://onlinegendercare.com.

Abrams’ writings and work have been featured in numerous publications and media outlets, including The Transgender Teen: A Handbook for Professionals and Parents Supporting Trans and Non-Binary Youth; Who Are You?: A Kid’s Guide to Gender Identity; Healthline Media; and CBS News. They are currently working on a pair of books for teens, parents and professionals on gender health and gender development.

They also have served as the associate director of clinical research and the director of community engagement at the University of California, San Francisco’s Child and Adolescent Gender Center (CAGC), where they developed city- and county-wide programs for transgender, nonbinary and gender-expansive youth. They continue to collaborate with CAGC on a longitudinal National Institutes of Health-funded study—the first of its kind—that measures the impact of puberty blockers or cross-sex hormones on children and adolescents.

At Pitzer, Abrams designed their own major, community-based research, and founded Girl Talk, an ongoing program for underserved teens at Garey High School in Pomona, CA. They worked closely with the College’s Community Engagement Center (then known as CCCSI) as a student and as an urban fellow after graduation. They served as CCCSI’s liaison for the Pitzer in Ontario (now CASA Pitzer) program and Prototypes Women’s Center. Abrams went on to earn their MSW degree from Smith College’s School for Social Work.

“My Pitzer education supported personal and professional growth and exploration at a time when I needed it most,” Abrams says. “At Pitzer, I developed a deeper understanding of my individual identity and personal values that would later shape my chosen career and life path.”

Meet Recent Graduate Polina Goncharova ’18

 

Associate Professor Suyapa Portillo Villeda ’96 named a “Honduran-American Author You Should Know” by Fierce

Michele Siqueiros ’95, 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award Honoree

Michele Siqueiros '95
Michele Siqueiros ’95

Michele Siqueiros ’95 is president for the Campaign for College Opportunity, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization that aims to increase the number of students attending two- and four-year colleges in California through higher education policy advocacy and reform, coalition-building and research. In 2010, when she was the nonprofit’s executive director, she led a historic policy reform effort that makes it easier for students to transfer from any California community college to the California State University system. She also led support for the passage of the Student Success Act of 2012.

Reflecting on her college experience and exposure to Pitzer’s core values, Siqueiros said: “Pitzer College took me in at 18 years young and opened my eyes to a new world. I don’t say this lightly. Until I arrived at Pitzer—as the first in my family to go to college, as a young Latina, having grown up in a very low income household—I had not been exposed to the type of critical thinking that the Pitzer education gave me: the ability to think critically about our history, our politics, appreciate my culture and the contributions of immigrants, women and people of color. Pitzer not only allowed me to learn and understand the world around me, it empowered me to realize that I could help make the world a better place.”

More information about Michele Siqueiros ’95

Noreen Barcena ’09, 2018 Young Alumni Achievement Award Honoree

Noreen Barcena '09
Noreen Barcena ’09

Young Alumni Achievement Award recipient Noreen Barcena ’09 has been practicing criminal defense, immigration and family law since earning her JD from the University of La Verne College of Law. At Pitzer, she was a psychology and organizational studies major with a minor in Chicano studies.

On learning of her selection as the YAA awardee, Barcena said: “I feel honored, and humbled because the award means that I’m at the beginning of a journey in my life and career. It gives me hope that my work is not in vain, and it fuels my passion to help my community through Ferias Legales, the organization my friends, colleagues and I founded. Immigration law is a constant uphill battle of trying to keep families together, helping people seek refuge from their countries, and standing up to constant criticism and backlash. This award is a reminder to me that I need to keep fighting for my clients, my community and my people.”

More information about Noreen Barcena ’09

Gael Sylvia Pullen ’78, 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award Honoree

Gael Sylvia Pullen '78
Gael Sylvia Pullen ’78

Gael Sylvia Pullen ’78 graduated from Pitzer College with a degree in sociology. She is an entrepreneur, author, speaker and philanthropist. She is the founder of Sylvia Global Media, a global broadcasting digital platform and the founder of Girls Fly! which was acknowledged by former First Lady Michelle Obama this past December as part of the Presidential Proclamation for International Day of the Girl. Pullen recently retired as an award-winning McDonald’s franchisee. Through their McDonald’s franchises, she and her husband, along with Key Bank, started the homeownership and credit management programs that were implemented throughout the urban areas of Westside Cleveland. Pullen and her husband also launched the McDonald’s Feeds Hungry Minds and Hungry Bodies community service program in Cleveland, OH. Creating partnerships has been the hallmark of her belief, including international relationship building across the US-Mexico border regions from California to Texas during the height of the border crisis in the mid-2000s. “Gael is the epitome of what Pitzer alumnae can be,” said Brian Christiansen ’93, Pitzer Alumni Board chair. “Working across the private and public sectors, Gael demonstrates that the largest impacts come from cross-industry, cross-functional, inclusive approaches to problem solving. While the rest of the world appears to be dividing and categorizing, Gael looks to include others to build sustainable solutions and progress towards realizing her vision.”

More information Gael Sylvia Pullen ’78

Tricia Morgan ’08, 2017 Young Alumni Achievement Award Honoree

Tricia Morgan '08
Tricia Morgan ’08

Tricia Morgan ’08 is the associate director of the Pitzer College Community Engagement Center (CEC) and the Pitzer in Ontario program. Morgan first joined Pitzer as a New Resources Student in spring 2006. After graduating with a degree in sociology she joined the CEC staff. Morgan has played a key role in successfully attaining a place for Pitzer College on the Presidential Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, obtaining the coveted Carnegie Community Engagement Classification and guiding multiple winning student letters in the Debating for Democracy annual competition through Project Pericles. Her real joy consists of working and learning collaboratively with students through social justice projects happening both on and off campus. Morgan is currently enrolled in the doctoral program at Claremont Graduate University’s School of Educational Studies with a concentration on higher education. Her research interests include access and equity in higher education, social justice leadership, student success and mindful community engagement. “Tricia Morgan is an outstanding leader and proponent of Pitzer’s core values,” said Kassidy Cuccia-Aguirre ’18. “Not only does she work tirelessly to help everyone at Pitzer, but her dedication extends to our local communities. She embodies our values and is someone Pitzer students can strive to be.”

More information about Tricia Morgan ’08