Nominated by Alex Morse
Kaila hit the ground running from week one at Pitzer College when I hired her to be an Overnight Visit Intern within her first few days as a student. At that time, I could see her potential shining through and knew she would make a splash in our community. Over the last three years (and especially during the pandemic), she has worked tirelessly to contribute to the community and leave Pitzer better than she found it. She has been a superstar as a student worker in the Office of Admission – she’s capable of serving every function a student worker can, while most students are typically trained in just one or two functions, helping to bring in the next generation of Pitzer students year after year. This year alone, she is one of two students who are running our month-long virtual Admitted Student Program. In addition to working in Admission, she has worked as a CEC Programming Intern, as a Student Assistant for the Office of Study Abroad and International Programs, and this past year as a ResLife Community Assistant. Outside of her many work roles on campus, she has studied abroad in Italy, completed summer research on Virtual Language Acquisition, performed with the Pangea 5C Dance Team, and most importantly (and the main reason why I’m nominating her) has been the pinnacle of student engagement and leadership. To this end, she has served on Identity Board, worked as part of the Black Student Union leadership team, and is currently the Student Senate Junior Class Representative and President-Elect. Through her roles in student government and student org leadership, she has been involved in countless initiatives to improve diversity, equity, and access at Pitzer. Her initiatives include work on the BSU Address, CBO outreach within the Office of Admission, postponing the major declaration deadline for juniors during the pandemic, creating identity-based positions and a public relations manager role in Student Senate, developing Senate’s DEI audit, advocating for a shift to test-blind admissions, and advocating for the creation of a Residence Hall Council and a Student Voice Committee. She has done all of this before taking on her upcoming role as Student Senate President – I’m sure we’ve only seen the beginning of the changes she will make that will improve our policies and community for generations to come. I can’t say it enough – this girl deserves an award (or several) for her service to the College!
Nominated by Patrice Langevin, AVP of Facilities
Kaila volunteers her time to serve the Pitzer community, including serving as: the newly elected Student Senate President, on the COVID Task Force, on the Food Services Reopening working group, and on the interview panel to find a new VP for College Advancement and Communications. Unfailingly cheerful with a smile that lights up the zoom screen, Kaila actively participates in these various meetings and offers suggestions on student outreach so as to better share updates with the student community.