Hip Hop and the Poetics of Protest

A conversation with Derik Smith, professor in the Department of Literature at Claremont McKenna College and chair of the Intercollegiate Department of Africana Studies at The Claremont Colleges, and Pitzer College senior Kaylyn “Kay” Wright.
March 7, 2021

True Equity Part 1: Systemic Change

Pitzer parent and Family Leadership Council member Julia Weber P’23 led this reflective conversation with President Melvin L. Oliver and Trustee and PolicyLink Founder Angela Glover Blackwell GP’21. They discussed systemic racial injustice in America and the College’s response to social unrest in 2020.
February 13, 2021

Protest Songs in the Struggle for Social Justice: A Conversation

Protest Songs in the Struggle for Social JusticeJoin us for a conversation with Associate Dean and Professor of Political Studies and Chicano Studies Adrian Pantoja and filmmaker Paul Espinosa on the music and activism of Ramon “Chunky” Sanchez. Espinosa’s feature-length documentary, Singing Our Way to Freedom, profiles Ramon “Chunky” Sanchez, a musician, composer, and community activist from San Diego. From the early [Read More...]
February 12, 2021

Launch of Pitzer Inside-Out Pathway-to-BA for Incarcerated Students

Video of the ceremonial “college acceptance letter” and memorandum of understanding signing event with key speakers, including Pitzer College President Melvin L. Oliver, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Superintendent Shannon Swain from the Office of Correctional Education and admitted students from CRC.
December 10, 2020

The 2020 Election: What Happened, What Comes Next?

Adrian Pantoja, Professor of Political Studies/Chicano Studies at Pitzer, Rachel VanSickle-Ward, Professor of Political Studies at Pitzer, and outstanding activists and scholars A’shanti Gholar, president of Emerge, the only organization dedicated to recruiting and training Democratic women to run for office, and Natalie Masuoka, Associate Professor of Political Science and Asian American Studies at UCLA, [Read More...]
November 23, 2020

Meet a Pitzer Alum: Carlos Alvarez ’15

Carlos Alvarez '15Carlos Alvarez ’15, a First-Gen college graduate, works as the Administrative Coordinator for Academic Affairs at Pitzer College. Carlos’ work in the Office of the Dean of Faculty and on Staff Council provides him with opportunities to support the Pitzer community. Carlos enjoys serving as a resource to Pitzer students, staff, and faculty and supporting the endeavors of his colleagues.
November 11, 2020

Father Gregory Boyle in Conversation

Father Gregory Boyle, the founder of Homeboys Industries, the LA-based gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program, spoke about “The Power of Boundless Compassion and Radical Kinship” with Professor and Associate Dean of Faculty Adrian Pantoja P’18, P’24. Boyle is also the author of Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion.
November 7, 2020