Pitzer Students Awarded for Exceptional Community Engagement

Claremont, Calif. (January 20, 2023)—Pitzer College’s Community Engagement Center has recognized nine students with the Fall 2022 Kallick Community Service Award. Provided by Pitzer alum Deborah Kallick ’78, the $500 award goes to students who have completed 100 or more community engagement hours during the academic year.

From mental health care, to composting, to voter engagement, to partnerships with Indigenous communities, these Pitzer students exude passion for social change no matter where they work.

Daniel Bonilla has short dark brown hair and wears a backpack and a white collared shirt with thin blue stripes. He rests his head on his fist as he leans his elbow on a white table.
Daniel Bonilla ’25

Daniel Bonilla ’25: Inclusive Sexual Health Conversations

The Humanity Project

As a Hive Human-Centered Design Summer Fellow, Daniel Bonilla collaboratively created The Humanity Project along with Perce Alvarez CMC ’25. The Humanity Project creates sexual health resources and a safe space for conversations that are inclusive of all sexualities and gender identities, with a focus on marginalized and BIPOC youth.

The Humanity Project covers LGBTQ+ sex education and HIV prevention, sexual health stigmas, aromantic and asexual identity, and more. Bonilla and Alvarez have amassed over 43K views and thousands of engagements across various platforms. They have connected with community organizations across Los Angeles County and the Inland Empire, including Amplifier, Inland Congregations United for Change, Uncommon Good, Riverside Pride Center, and Queer Resource Center.

Mae Garland has long dark blond curly hair and blue overalls with one strap on and one strap off to reveal a long-sleeved black shirt. Garland stands in a dorm room with a desk and bed and origami birds dangling from the ceiling.
Mae Garland ’23

Mae Garland ’23: The Different Facets of Community Care

Isla Vista Compost Collective

Mae Garland’s first initiative was a community-based Isla Vista Compost Collective (IVCC) in Santa Barbara. 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.

Ganesha High School

Garland also mentored students through an organization called Children Youth and Family Collaborative. This mentorship took place at Ganesha High School in Pomona.

Huei Ming Lim has long straight black hair and wears a pale blue wrap dress and a tan floppy hat. Lim leans against a black railing with a beach in the background.
Huei Ming Lim ’25

Huei Ming Lim ’25: Making Mental Health Care Accessible

Pitzer’s Global Mental Health Lab

During summer and fall 2022, Huei Ming Lim worked as a research assistant with the Global Mental Health Lab. Under the guidance of Assistant Professor Marcus Rodriguez and former lab manager Yilin Li ’22, she worked on several projects concerning online mindfulness interventions that can create accessible mental health care in the U.S. and China. She also worked on a poster presentation for the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Conference about how self-esteem mediates between parental validation and stress. Lim also conducted a small qualitative research project about workplace wellbeing after the Covid-19 lockdown. 

Jansikwe Medina-Tayac has curly brown bob-length hair and wears metal dangly earrings and a black long-sleeved shirt with a V-neck.
Jansikwe Medina-Tayac ’25

Jansikwe Medina-Tayac ’25: Social Justice Advocacy Through Media and Archives

Jornalerx Film

During spring 2022, Jansikwe Medina-Tayac worked with the Pomona Economic Opportunity Center to create a short film, Jornalerx, highlighting the struggles of jornalerxs (day laborers) in San Bernardino. The jornalerxs that work at the Home Depot in San Bernardino recently faced a police raid, in which many were harassed and left with thousands of dollars in unjustified tickets. Medina-Tayac’s film was included in the 13th OC Film Fiesta.

Barbara Drake and Julia Bogany Archive

In summer 2022, Medina-Tayac worked with Pitzer’s Community Engagement Center to digitally archive the work of Tongva elders Julia Bogany and Barbara Drake, who recently passed away. Medina-Tayac organized documents, photographs, videos, projects, presentations, curriculums, and lesson plans that Pitzer faculty had collected. The archive preserves Bogany and Drake’s knowledge and ensures that it goes back to the Tongva community.

Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe

During fall 2022, Medina-Tayac worked with the Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe through Visiting Professor Gina Lamb’s Media Arts for Social Justice course. She and a classmate secured a $10,000 grant for the tribe, organized the tribe’s website, took portraits of tribal council members, documented events, and created videos for social media and the website.

Alaina Neuburger has straight brown hair in a bob cut and wears a black shirt with a V-neck while standing in front of a white brick wall.
Alaina Neuburger ’24

Alaina Neuburger ’24: Civic & Voter Engagement

The People’s Pitzer

Alaina Neuburger is a program assistant for The People’s Pitzer, an initiative of Pitzer’s Community Engagement Center that focuses on civic engagement to advance legislative policy and social change. In fall 2022, Neuburger helped with many projects, including a voter registration texting campaign to students; weekly newsletters to students, faculty, and staff; a civic engagement funding award application; sending a letter from Pitzer’s president about voter engagement; and publicizing a Writing Center workshop for writing to elected officials.

NAACP-Pomona Valley

Neuburger is also a member of the NAACP-Pomona Valley Voter Engagement Committee, Collegiate Voter Connections. The committee “works to increase nonpartisan student voter registration and participation at ten local colleges and universities,” including The Claremont Colleges.

Sara Orr has long wavy brown hair and wears a long-sleeved red shirt with a red ribbon tied at the top. Behind Orr is a blurred backdrop of trees and California indigenous plants.
Sara Orr ’25

Sara Orr ’25: Tongva Tribe and The Claremont Colleges

Pitzer-Tongva Archive

Through Pitzer’s Community Engagement Center as a Native Indigenous Initiatives student intern, Sara Orr worked on cataloging and archival work for the Tongva community over the course of spring and summer 2022. This archive allows the Tongva tribe to have confidential access to their history and insight into Tongva elders Julia Bogany and Barbara Drake’s interactions with the Colleges.

Danika Petit has long straight maroon red hair and poses with a large black dog with pointy ears and a small brown dog with floppy ears.
Danika Petit ’25

Danika Petit ’25: Synthesis of Passions

Pitzer’s Global Mental Health Lab

During summer and fall 2022, Danika Petit worked with the Global Mental Health Lab on numerous projects. These projects included looking at self-compassion and mindfulness-based interventions, peer support, and how self-esteem mediates between negative parental validation and stress. Petit wishes to fuse her passion for accessible mental health research with 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.

Pratya Poosala has long wavy black hair and wears a pale blue sweater, white pants, and a plaid red and white scarf. Poosala holds a pale pink coat while standing beside a store’s window display.
Pratya Poosala ’24

Pratya Poosala ’24: Trauma Research for Mental Health Advocacy

World Trade Center Family Study

Over the summer, Pratya Poosala interned in Columbia University’s Department of Psychiatry as a part of the New York State Psychiatric Institute. She assisted in the World Trade Center Family Study. She administered clinical interviews with study participants, many of whom were in the vicinity of the attacks. The extent to which the attacks had impacted participants showed how trauma lives in people’s bodies for years—as long as decades, in this case. The study’s purpose was to work with school boards and other institutions to revise their mental health policies to better support individuals suffering from long-term trauma.

Crystal Rodriguez has long curly brown hair tied back in a ponytail and wears a black shirt and glasses.
Crystal Rodriguez ’23

Crystal Rodriguez ’23: Building Community Through Art

Mommy and Me: Art, Literacy, and Movement to Foster Connection

As co-creators, Crystal Rodriguez and Annie Nunez have been using art, literacy, and movement to foster connection between mothers and their children at Prototypes Women’s Center in Pomona. They have been holding space for the mothers and children to spend leisure time together reading books and making art.

Prototypes Art Group

Prototypes Art Group is facilitated by Rodriguez and Arlo Van Liew as an intentional recreational space for creativity for the clients at Prototypes Women’s Center.

Read the full bios of the fall 2022 Kallick Awardees.

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