Press Releases | Spotlights
Susan Warren ’78 Inspires Children’s Love for Learning on Pitzer’s Campus
April 24, 2023
As Pitzer alumna Susan Warren ’78 stands on the campus she knew as a first-generation college student, she laughs joyfully at the sea of red T-shirts and children squealing and romping around the grassy mounds. Such a scene has played out many times since Warren founded Project Think 40 years ago. From the STEAM academic enrichment nonprofit Project Think to Pitzer’s Community Engagement Center, Warren has helped found local, innovative education programming.
Professor Alicia Bonaparte Organizes a Conference About Black Midwifery at Pitzer
April 21, 2023
Press Releases | Spotlights
From April 28 to 29, Pitzer College is hosting the Midwifery is Public Health (MIPH) conference, which will explore the historic and ongoing legacy of Black midwives. As one of the organizers, Pitzer Professor of Sociology Alicia Bonaparte is excited to share her passion for Black community health and birthing with the local community.
Diego Borgsdorf Fuenzalida ’24 and Jaspa Ureña ’24 Awarded Curatorial Apprenticeships for First-Generation and Students of Color
April 18, 2023
Pitzer College students Diego Borgsdorf Fuenzalida ’24 and Jaspa Ureña ’23 have received an award from the Pitzer College Art Galleries to complete in-depth curatorial apprenticeships. Available to first-generation and students of color, the Benjamin Godsill ’00 and Anna Burns Student Apprenticeship Award provides the chance to work with two of Los Angeles’ most dynamic non-profit arts organizations: Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) in Hollywood and Fulcrum Arts in Pasadena.
The Power of Two: Enriching Student Academic Experiences With Co-Taught Classes
April 17, 2023
In a co-taught Pitzer class, education is an experiment in collaboration. This year, several dynamic professor duos have reached across subjects, disciplines, and even the Claremont Colleges to enrich their students’ academic experience and hands-on engagement. See how faculty have explored interdisciplinary dialogue and student-driven curriculum in political science, modern languages, and sociology and government. “Interdisciplinary learning expands the mind’s intellectual horizons,” said Professor Phil Zuckerman. “It makes you a better thinker and citizen.”
Roberta Espinoza to Deliver Melvin L. Oliver Racial Justice Initiative Lecture on Counterspaces for Minoritized Students
April 11, 2023
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Sociology scholar and former Pitzer dean Roberta Espinoza returns to campus on April 18 for the spring Melvin L. Oliver Racial Justice Initiative Lecture. Drawing from over 10 years of working in diverse higher education environments, Espinoza will share her talk “Validating and Supporting Counterspaces for Minoritized Students at Liberal Arts Colleges.” The reception is at 5:30 p.m. and the presentation begins at 6 p.m. in the Founders Room of Pitzer’s McConnell Center.
Sumesh Shiwakoty ’18 Partners With Clinton Global Initiative for Women’s Empowerment App
April 6, 2023
The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) welcomed Pitzer alumnus Sumesh Shiwakoty ’18 into the CGI University program and at its annual meeting from March 3 to 5. During the meeting Shiwakoty presented the mobile app that he developed with his colleagues to address gender-based violence in Nepal.
Two Students Receive 2023 Watson Fellowships to Study Climate-Resilient Food Systems and Changing Water Resources
April 5, 2023
To pursue their studies of vulnerable populations around the world, Thomas Martinez ’23 and Ella Meyer ’23 have been awarded the 2023 Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. The $40,000 one-year fellowship is awarded to undergraduates in their senior year so that they can conduct independent study projects outside of the U.S. An Environmental Policy/Economics combined major, [Read More...]
Anti-War Documentary Screening Offers Important Lessons to Students Now
April 3, 2023
The events depicted in the anti-Vietnam War documentary The Boys Who Said NO! may have taken place more than 50 years ago, but the lessons are timeless. That’s what Sara Wood Smith ’66 believes. One of those lessons, she says, is that every person truly can make a difference. “Just using your voice for what [Read More...]
What Michelle Dowd ’90 Learned Growing Up in Her Family’s Cult
March 29, 2023
Press Releases | Sagehen Athletics
The opening sentence of a book can be unforgettable. Anyone familiar with Melville’s Moby Dick knows it famously starts with “Call me Ishmael,” while Ray Bradbury begins Fahrenheit 451 with a simple confession: “It was a pleasure to burn.” The same is true of the opening sentence of Forager: Field Notes on Surviving a Family [Read More...]
‘An Endless Amount of Resources’: The New Center for Athletics, Recreation, and Wellness Redefines Athletic Excellence
March 22, 2023
A basketball thumps on the court like a heartbeat. Wheels whir on a Peloton bike. Orange dumbbells rise and fall. Feet brush against vibrant green turf. Zumba dancers move in sync with upbeat music. California sunlight pours from tall windows, shining on rich blue walls, pale oak wood, and state-of-the-art equipment in almost every size and shape. Such are the sights and sounds of the 100,000-square-foot Center for Athletics, Recreation, and Wellness (CARW)—the new nest of Sagehen Athletics’ 21 varsity teams and the Pomona-Pitzer community. According to Director of Athletics Miriam Merrill, this facility “ushers in a new definition of wellness and what it can look like.”