Community Engagement Center Staff

CEC

Tricia Morgan, CEC Managing Director

Tricia Morgan, BA
Scott Hall 108C | 909.607.8184
Director of the Community Engagement Center

Tricia Morgan first joined Pitzer College as a New Resources Student in Spring 2006. After graduating in Spring 2008 with a BA in Sociology (and a minor in History), she joined the CEC/ Pitzer in Ontario staff as the interim Assistant Director. Tricia is responsible for all CEC budgets and finances, payroll, grant reporting, student intern assistance, all orientations and training for new CEC staff and general office supervision. In addition to her role at CEC, Tricia has also served on college governance committees as a Staff Council Representative (SCR) and as the staff representative on the Academic Planning Committee (APC). During her time at Pitzer, Tricia has made many contributions to CEC and Pitzer. This includes a revision of community engagement evaluation tools; playing a key role in developing the first-ever Staff Strategic Plan and participating in college governance to include staff needs in the fiscal Tactical Plan of the college; improving CEC office functions including creation of office handbooks and other best practices; playing a key role in the creation of CEC’s first bi-annual Report; successfully attaining a place for Pitzer College on the Presidential Community Service Honor Roll; and obtaining the coveted Carnegie Community Engagement Classification on behalf of the College. Tricia received her Masters of Arts degree in Education in 2016 and is currently enrolled in the doctoral program at Claremont Graduate University’s School of Education for Higher Education Administration. Her research interests include access and equity in higher education, leadership, mentoring, professional development, and mindful community engagement. Most recently, in 2017 Tricia was the recipient of Pitzer’s Young Alumni Achievement Award.


Jack Contreras
Scott Hall 108  | 909.607.8183
Operations Manager for the Community Engagement Center and CASA Pitzer

Jacqueline (Jack) Contreras is the Operations Manager for the CEC and CASA Pitzer. Currently enrolled as an New Resources Student at Pitzer, she hopes to graduate with a BA in Studio Arts with an emphasis in Ceramics. She also plays many roles on campus as an active member of Staff Council as the current Staff Advocacy Chair , as well as a member of the Staff Social Committee. In her spare time, Jack loves to cook tasty meals that make happy bellies, play with her cat children, obsess over Halloween, and play music.


Jonathan Chan
Scott Hall 108A | 909.607.8183
Program Administator for Community Engagement Research and Training 

Jonathan Chan has been a Southern California resident for all of his life, with his B.A. in English at the University of California, Riverside and his M.S. in Higher Education at California State University, Fullerton. Jonathan’s background in community engagement started from a young age, when he was creating community based dance events/classes during his time as a high school student. A love for the creative arts, and education surrounding all different forms of expression, sparked a desire in him to work on issues related to educational access later in his career. That part of his journey lead him to the Community Engagement Center at Pitzer. With a love for connecting to grassroots organizations and a passion for thinking creatively about solutions, he can’t imagine more impactful work that he’d like to be a part of!


Saleck Tikande
Scott Hall 108A | 909.607.8183
Hecker Community Fellow 2019-2021

Saleck grew up in Benin, West Africa and immigrated to the United States in 2010. He came to Pitzer as a New Resource student in 2016 and graduated in 2019 with a combined BA in Environmental Analysis and International Studies. During his academic journey at Pitzer College, he worked as a fellow for the Robert Redford Conservancy at Pitzer College, helping to address Environmental Justice issues in the Inland Empire. As a fellow at the Hixon Center for Sustainable Environmental Design at Harvey Mudd College he tracked institution-wide data for their first year-end sustainability report. As a Hecker Community Fellow, Saleck is currently connecting students and faculty to community partners to build the bridge between theory and praxis. He is hoping to continue his graduate education in Human Geography exploring climate adaptation issues in developing countries.


CASA Pitzer

Tessa Hicks Peterson, PhD
Scott Hall 108C | 909.607.9402
Director, CEC
(Community Engagement Center)
Director, CASA (Critical Analysis and Social Action) academic program and community hub in Ontario
Director, OCAC (Office of Consortial Academic Collaboration for The Claremont Colleges) 
Assistant Vice President of Community Engagement at Pitzer College Associate Professor, Urban Studies.

Before coming to Pitzer in 2006, Tessa worked for almost a decade as a program director with a number of leading civil rights and social justice organizations in Los Angeles. She has a Masters and PhD in Cultural Studies from Claremont Graduate University and a BA in Psychology from UC Santa Cruz. Tessa holds a joint faculty-administrator position at Pitzer and in that capacity has worked on a number of policies, programs, and organizational structures related to community engagement and collaborative research, spanning the co-development of community-campus partnerships related to prison education, local Native American tribes and critical mentoring, among others. Tessa’s teaching and scholarship center on community-based education and research, social change theories and movements, decolonization and indigenous knowledge, and prison education and abolition. Tessa enjoys bringing diverse groups together for collaborative projects that build community and foster personal and systemic change.


Jessica Chairez, MPH, CASA Pitzer Program Administrator and Coordinator
Scott Hall 108/ Ontario Site | 909.607.9402


JUMPSTART

Jenessa Flores Parker, Jumpstart Site Manager

Jenessa Flores
Atherton Hall 415-417 | 909.607.9290
Jumpstart Site Manager 

Jenessa Flores Parker came to Pitzer College as a New Resources student in the fall of 2008 and received her BA in Sociology with a minor in Chicano/Chicana Studies in 2010. A class she took with Professor Jose Calderon solidified her passion for social justice and community engagement work in the surrounding communities. As a student, she organized the Encuentro lunches and during her last year at Pitzer, she received the Glikbarg internship and took part in the planning of the annual trip to La Paz, where students were able to have an in-depth lesson about the life of Cesar Chavez and the UFW (United Farmworkers Union). After graduation, she served as the Urban Fellow for the Community Engagement Center where she worked at the Pomona Day Labor Center, as well as facilitating social justice and critical thinking classes at Camp Afflerbaugh-Paige, a juvenile detention center located in La Verne, CA.  Jenessa received her MA in Community Engaged Education and Social Change from Claremont Graduate University and is continuing on her educational journey as a PhD student in the Teaching, Learning and Culture program at CGU. Her research interests include race, racism and educational attainment, and alternative learning spaces for Latino/a and African American students. She is currently the Jumpstart Site Manager at the Claremont Colleges and, in her spare time, enjoys nothing more than being with her husband and two beautiful daughters while listening and dancing to music. She also enjoys reading and sharing her love of literacy.