Claremont, Calif. (December 15, 2014)—Pitzer student Lillian Horin ’17 is a regional winner of the RESPECT! Challenge, an initiative designed to celebrate individuals who work to help end violence. Her prize includes a $2,500 scholarship and a $2,500 donation to a Los Angeles-based teen-to-teen hotline where Horin volunteered more than 1,000 hours.
Horin worked for TEEN LINE in high school, counseling fellow adolescents through crises such as child abuse and suicide. She also participated in suicide prevention and sensitivity training sessions with the Los Angeles Police Department.
“After TEEN LINE, I knew that I could make a difference in someone’s day, in someone’s life,” Horin wrote in her entry for the challenge. “If we only learned and put empathy into practice, we could make so much real change in this world.”
A biochemistry major, Horin is a first-generation college student who attributes her successes to mentors who invested their time in her. Passionate about increasing retention of underrepresented students in higher education, Horin is a senator on Pitzer’s Diversity Committee and represents Pitzer with The Claremont Colleges’ chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science. Horin is also a resident assistant in Mead Hall and a library assistant at the Honnold Library Special Collections.
The RESPECT! Challenge is part the RESPECT! Campaign, a social action campaign that aims to promote respect in relationships and increase awareness about the positive role everyone can play to help end and prevent relationship violence and abuse. It is an initiative of Futures Without Violence, formerly the Family Violence Prevention Fund, a nonprofit that has worked for over three decades to end violence against women, children and families.