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Fighting for True Public Welfare

Gabriela Ornelas '17Pitzer College alumna Gabriela Ornelas ’17, a capital defense investigator for the Habeas Corpus Resource Center, is heading to Columbia Law School this fall as one of only two incoming law students to receive Columbia’s highly selective Public Interest Fellowship.
August 27, 2021
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Professor José Z. Calderón Co-authors Paper on Intersectional Solidarity

José Z. CalderónGroups and people often come together over a unifying cause—racial justice, voting rights, climate change, gun violence, gender equity—to address the most pressing issues of the day. Pitzer Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Chicano/a-Latino/a Studies José Z. Calderón recently co-authored an article that explores how movements predominately focused on one issue can coalesce across causes. The article, “Intersectional Organizing and Educational Justice Movements: Strategies for Cross-Movement Solidarities,” appeared in a special spring 2021 issue of The Assembly: A Journal for Public Scholarship on Education, published by the University of Colorado at Boulder’s School of Education.
June 17, 2021
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Bird Pairs Practice Mind-Control to Create Dovetailing Duets

Melissa Coleman, Keck ScienceProfessor Melissa Coleman explores the neuroscience behind coordinated birdsong Ever wonder how pairs of songbirds sing in sync? New research from Professor of Neuroscience Melissa J. Coleman and a team of scientists explores how the brains of plain-tailed wrens keep the duet-singing birds from missing a beat. They may be talking about birds, but their [Read More...]
June 7, 2021
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Short Stories from a Long Life

Margaret Klassen, Class of 1968Margreta Klassen ’68 has written three of the 20 tales collected in Twenty of Today’s Best Short Stories, an anthology of fiction and nonfiction stories, recently published by Commonwealth Books. Klassen’s stories are titled “The Grand Stand,” “Local Celebrity,” and “A Fishy Tale.” An internationally recognized clinical psychologist, Klassen has also written a book of poetry and her memoir.
June 1, 2021
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Devon Hartman ’77 Plans to (Solar) Power the Economy

Devon Hartman '77After six years of planning, CHERP Inc., the Claremont-based nonprofit founded and run by Pitzer College alumnus Devon Hartman ’77, has launched a new project called CHERP Solar Works—the world’s first nonprofit solar panel assembly factory. Based in Pomona, CA, the factory is a prototype facility for a network of nonprofit solar factories to be built in disadvantaged communities across the country.
May 27, 2021
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Pitzer College Celebrates its First Inside-Out Pathway-to-BA Graduating Seniors

Class of 2021On Saturday, May 15, Yusef Pierce ’21 and Freddy Cisneros ’21 will participate in Pitzer College’s virtual commencement celebration from inside a medium-security prison in Norco, CA. Pierce and Cisneros are two of eight members of an initial cohort of students from the California Rehabilitation Center (CRC) who have been accepted into—and will graduate from—Pitzer through the College’s new Inside-Out Pathway-to-BA program.
May 13, 2021
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Academic Spotlight: Pitzer’s Inside-Out Pathway-to-BA

Pitzer College Tree from logo“The Pitzer Inside-Out Pathway-to-BA is at the heart of Pitzer College’s educational objectives and core values, particularly social and racial justice, social responsibility, and the ethical implications of knowledge and action.” Melvin L. Oliver, President, Pitzer College Innovative Education During Incarceration Damian Busby began taking college courses in prison in 2005. Fifteen years later, on [Read More...]
May 11, 2021
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Putting People First

Carla Valdez '21Carla Valdez '21, a mathematical economics major and first-generation STEM student, approaches the application of economics on a personal level. A two-time recipient of an Edison International STEM Scholarship, which supports Chicanx/Latinx students majoring in a STEM discipline, she is passionate about representing underrepresented students who are pursuing science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and related fields.
May 10, 2021
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Growing Sustainability at Pitzer’s Student Garden

Organic Garden in 2008Pitzer College is collaborating with campus community members to revitalize the garden near the Grove House. Thanks to the support of the Leonard G. Klima Fund, the Student Garden will receive some TLC and new equipment, including a more spacious chicken coop at a new location in the garden.
April 22, 2021