The Kallick Community Service Award provided by Deborah Kallick, is awarded to students who have completed 100+ community engagement hours over the course of the academic year.
The People’s Pitzer and Partnership with the NAACP-Pomona Valley
Alaina practices community engagement work as a Program Assistant for The People’s Pitzer (TPP), an initiative run out of the Community Engagement Center that focuses on civic engagement as a key component in advancing legislative policy and social change within our communities. This semester TPP worked on many projects, including a texting campaign reminding Pitzer students to register to vote, weekly newsletters to Pitzer students, faculty, and staff highlighting community organizing and political issues, a Civic Engagement Funding Award application to provide up to $200 to support students’ civic engagement/community organizing efforts, sending a letter from Pitzer’s president about the importance of voter engagement, and sharing resources and helping publicize a Writing Center workshop writing letters to elected officials. Alaina also serves as a member of the NAACP-Pomona Valley Voter Engagement Committee, Collegiate Voter Connections. The branch’s Voter Engagement Committee “works to increase nonpartisan student voter registration and participation at ten local colleges and universities,” including the 5Cs.
Mommy and Me: Art, Literacy and Movement to Foster Connection and Prototypes Art Group:
In co-creation Annie Nunez and Crystal Rodriguez have been using art, literacy and movement to foster connection between Mothers and their children at Prototypes Women’s Center. They have been holding space for the mothers and children to spend leisure time together reading books and making art. Prototypes Art Group is a group facilitated by Arlo Van Liew and Crystal Rodriguez and this group is an intentional recreational space for creativity for the women who are clients at Prototypes Women’s Center.
As a Hive Human Centered Design Summer Fellow, awardee Daniel Bonilla was able to collaboratively create The Humanity Project along with Perce Alvarez, CMC ‘25. This organization started with the need for a larger conversation regarding inclusive sexual education. This is a result of the taboo and often debated topic of human health. At the heart of this project, they wanted to emphasize the importance of this project highlighting human needs and topics; it is a human problem, not a “gay” one. The Humanity Project aims to create resources for sexual health and a safe space for conversations that are inclusive to all sexualities and gender identities, with a particular focus on marginalized and BIPOC youth who face unique struggles within the LGBTQIA+ community. They hope to bring together a community of youth and college students who are empowered, feel represented, and take pride in knowing their health. The Humanity Project covered and is continuing to cover topics including LGBTQ+ sex education and HIV prevention, sexual health stigmas, aromantic and asexual identity, and so much more. Through their organization, they have been able to amass over 43k views and thousands of engagements across various platforms. Daniel also created a final compilation video as part of our submission of the project. Their work, along with the other Hive Fellows, was showcased on the cover of the Pitzer website, and across all of its social media platforms. Their goal was to not stop at just the Claremont Colleges but to offer resources and a safe space for anyone who can find them in the digital world. Throughout this summer and into this semester, they connected with over 5 community organizations across Los Angeles County and the Inland Empire. This list included Amplifier, ICUC, Uncommon Good, Riverside Pride Center, QRC, and a few more. Daniel is proud that this project is allowing for a larger conversation to take place and is making the digital space a much safer place for queer-identifying students.
Synthesis of Passions
Over the summer and fall of 2022 Danika Petit has been working with the Global Mental Health Lab on numerous projects. These projects have varied from looking at self compassion interventions, mindfulness based interventions, peer support, as well as looking at how self-esteem mediates the relationship between negative parental validation and stress. However she wishes to fuse her passion for accessible mental health research with her investment in developing fundraisers for beneficiaries who support people living with HIV and AIDS. These beneficiaries focus on overall client care and reducing the cost for antiretroviral therapy (ART). So keep a lookout next semester for educational events and fundraisers surrounding HIV and AIDS! “Fight.Fund.Educate”
Research Assistance with the Global Mental Health Lab at Pitzer
Over the course of the summer and semester, Huei Ming has been working as a research assistant with the Global Mental Health Lab and has had the opportunity to work on many varied and impactful projects. Under the guidance of Professor Marcus Rodriguez and former lab manager Yilin Li, she has worked on several projects concerning online mindfulness interventions that can potentially create accessible mental health care for hundreds of individuals in both the USA and China. She has also had the fortune of working on a poster presentation for the ABCT that outlined how self esteem mediates the relationship between parental validation and stress, which could be used as a launching pad for many future studies about parental validation. Over the summer, Huei Ming also conducted a small qualitative research project concerning the state of work place wellbeing post lockdown.
During the Spring 2022 semester, Jansikwe worked with the Pomona Economic Opportunity Center to create a short film highlighting the struggles of jornalerxs, or day laborers, in San Bernardino. Due to their immigration and socioeconomic status, day laborers are one of the most vulnerable groups to exploitation by employers and harassment from police. The group of Jornalerxs that work at the Home Depot in San Bernardino recently faced a police raid, in which
many of them were harassed and left with thousands of dollars in unjustified tickets. Jansikwe’s film, Jornalerx, brings to light the injustices that many undocumented workers face, as they are overworked and underpaid by employers.
Barbara Drake and Julia Bogany Archive
During the summer of 2022, Jansikwe worked with the Community Engagement Center at Pitzer College to digitally archive the work of two Tongva Elders, Julia Bogany and Barbara Drake, who recently passed away. For about two months, Jansikwe, along with two other indigenous Pitzer students, went through the hundreds of documents, photographs, videos, projects, presentations, curriculums, and lesson plans that had been collected by Pitzer faculty over the years, and organized it into one collective spreadsheet. Through our work, we were able to preserve the knowledge that Julia and Barbara so generously shared, and ensure that it could go back to the Tongva community.
Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe
This semester, Jansikwe is working with the Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe through her Media
Arts for Social Justice course with Professor Gina Lamb. She and her classmate work with the
tribe twice a week and have worked to secure a $10,000 grant for the tribe as well as organize
their website, take portraits of tribal council members, document important events, and create
videos to feature on their social media and website.
The Different Facets of Community Care
Mae Garland engaged in two different, yet equally rewarding, forms of community service in the year of 2022. The first initiative Mae dedicated time to was a community-based compost collective located in Isla Vista, Santa Barbara called the Isla Vista Compost Collective (IVCC.) She worked with community members, legislators, and other members of the IVCC to plan events, secure funding, engage in outreach, and turn food waste into rich compost. Next, Mae mentored students through an organization called “Children Youth and Family Collaborative.” This mentorship took place at Ganesha High School, which is located in Pomona.
Trauma research project: Over the summer, Pratya interned at Columbia University’s Department of Psychiatry as a part of the New York State Psychiatric Institute. During her time there, she assisted in the World Trade Center Family study. She was trained to administer structured clinical interviews for study participants, many of whom were present in the vicinity of the attacks. One of the primary reasons she was drawn to this study was because of its long-term implications for trauma-informed care and policies. Hearing about the extent to which the attacks had impacted participants’ lives was symbolic of how trauma lives in people’s bodies for years, and up to decades, in this case. The ultimate purpose of this study was to work with school boards and other institutions to revise their mental health policies in order to better support individuals suffering from the long-term effects of traumatic events.
Through Pitzer’s Comunity Engagement Center as a Native Indigenous Initiatives Student Intern, Sara worked on Cataloging and archival work for the Tongva community. This Archive includes all photos, videos, documents, student papers, as well as research that relates to the 5 C’s institutional interactions with the Gabrieleño/Tongva tribes. This work became ever important after the passing of Tongva Elders Julia Bogany and Barbara Drake as they were the dominate community partners between The Claremont Colleges and the Tongva. Sara cataloged hundreds of entries over the course of the Spring and Summer terms in 2022. This Archive allows the Tongva tribe to have confidential access to their history and an insight into both Julia Bogany and Barbara Drakes interactions with the Colleges.