Meet the Community Assistant (CA) Staff!

What are Community Assistants (CA)?

Previously known as Resident Assistants, RAs, the goal of the CA position is to facilitate community engagement, and provide support and resources in a class-based model through the co-curriculum within the Pitzer College community.  CA’s will assist ResLife with programming and mentorship for all students and assigned to support a class-based year.  

Spring 2021 Community Assistants (CAs)

First Year Class Community AssistantsSupervised by Residence Director Tasmia Moosani
Leah LeslieQuentin Jenkins
Jacob BrittainAdia Clarke
Ima GarciaMarcus Jackson
Ciauna Kui-ChavezPaz O’Farrell
Upper-Class Community Assistants Supervised by Residence Director Nick Flores
Sophomore Class Community AssistantsJunior Class Community Assistants
Nejat AliAmara Chidom
Robert GreenLily Fillwalk
Senior Class Community Assistants
Neely Yates
Hunter Sayre
All Student Social Programs Community AssistantsSupervised by Residence Director Priscilla Cobian
Sahar DabirianNatalie Ayala
Valeria DuranAri Wood
Noah WilliamsG Guliniali
Apollo Thomas
Social Media & MarketingSupervised by Housing Manager Brianna Anania
Khalid Omer

Community Assistant Supporting Social Media & Marketing

Khalid Omer

(Social Media & Marketing CA)

Home City and State and/or Country

Seattle, Washington

Major, Minor, etc.
Major: Organizational Studies, Minor: Economics
I am at Pitzer because…

The community is very welcoming and I enjoy my major.

Outside of class I…
enjoy playing basketball, chilling in the BSU room, and making jokes with my friends
My favorite place in S. California is…
Pitzer’s beach volleyball court

Community Assistant Supporting First-Year Students

Ima Garcia

(First Year Class CA)

Home City and State and/or Country
Chicago, Illinois
Major, Minor, etc.
Major: Psychology
I am at Pitzer because…
I want to learn how to create a difference in my community and learn to help those around me.
Outside of class I…
volunteer at Ability First which is an organization in Claremont that focuses on helping teenagers with disabilities. I also enjoy reading romance books and learning about computers.
My favorite place in S. California is…
Koreatown because of its amazing desserts!

Paz O’Farrell

(First Year Class CA)

Home City and State and/or Country
Buenos Aires, Argentina!
Major, Minor, etc.
English and Media Studies
I am at Pitzer because…
I am surrounded by people who want to change the world for the better, and actively work towards that goal in community.
Outside of class I…
can usually be found reading at the Mounds or at an overpriced coffee shop.
My favorite place in S. California is…
is probably Universal CityWalk.

Leah Leslie

(First Year Class CA)

Home City and State and/or Country
Kathmandu, Nepal
Major, Minor, etc.
Undeclared; interested i both  International Political Economy and Intercultural and International Studies International and Intercultural Studies
I am at Pitzer because…
of the engaging community. Students here are extremely passionate about the topics they apply themselves to. Having such a vibrant community with a plethora of interests encourages me to learn about new subjects while I find my own intellectual and extracurricular purpose. Furthermore, having access to five colleges allows me to expand my focus on international relations through a multitude of different global and political frameworks.
Outside of class I…
enjoy spending my time painting, drawing, hanging out with friends, and, when possible, venturing out to nearby national parks.
My favorite place in S. California is…
Channel Islands National Park off Santa Barbara.

Quentin Jenkins

(First Year Class CA)

Home City and State and/or Country
Chicago, Illinois
Major, Minor, etc.
Major: Sociology and Political Science Minor: Africana Studies
I am at Pitzer because…
of the core values, specifically their focus on social justice. Coming from an under-resourced high school on the south side of Chicago, I am an advocate for equal opportunity education for all. My goal is to utilize the knowledge I gain from Pitzer to dismantle education inequality in low-income communities like my own. I plan to do this by doing a combined major in psychology and sociology with a focus on social work.
Outside of class I…
like to practice my Spanish because I hope to be fluent by the time I graduate from Pitzer. Additionally, I like to take the train to LA Union Station, the train ride there and back is beautiful. When I am on campus I like to spend my time making friends across the Claremont consortium!
My favorite place in S. California is…
Six Flags Magic Mountain even though I’ve never been there before.

Adia Clarke

(First Year Class CA)

Home City and State and/or Country
Brooklyn, New York
Major, Minor, etc.
Major: Media Studies and Sociology
I am at Pitzer because…
I fell in love with the campus during the diversity overnight and wanted to be a part of a close-knit community.
Outside of class I…
am a Youtube Vlogger, I make vlogs about Pitzer and my life in California. I also dance, write poems, and re-watch episodes of Grey’s Anatomy.
My favorite place in S. California is…
The bench outside my room at Pitzer Hall because I can see the beautiful mountain scenery.

Jake Brittain

(First Year Class CA)

Home City and State and/or Country
El Cajon, California
Major, Minor, etc.
Undeclared; interested in some combination of Biology, Politics, and History
I am at Pitzer because…
of the small community based environment that is fostered here which prioritizes the individual. It gives me a sense of home and community, while at the same time giving me a large school atmosphere with the 5C consortium. The sunny SoCal weather is a big plus too.
Outside of class I…
enjoy hanging out with friends, doing puzzles, reading poetry, and participating in clubs/organizations that I align with. I also enjoy gardening and reading book on topics that interest me.
My favorite place in S. California is…
San Diego County!

Ciauna Kui-Chavez

(First Year Class CA)

Home City and State and/or Country
Pasadena, CA!
Major, Minor, etc.
Anthropology major and Mandarin minor
I am at Pitzer because…
because of all the different social, academic, and extracurricular opportunities it provides. Also because of all the cacti.
Outside of class I…
am President of MIX and part of executive board of MSML. I also train capoeira and love to embroider.
My favorite place in S. California is…
my grandma’s house, especially since I haven’t visited her much due to covid.

Marcus Jackson

(First Year Class CA)

Home City and State and/or Country
Kent, Washington
Major, Minor, etc.
Major: Biology (pre-med track)
I am at Pitzer because…
I wanted to be in an inclusive and diverse setting to pursue higher learning. I wanted the benefits of a liberal arts education along with a strong and positive community made up of students, faculty, and staff.
Outside of class I…
like to paint, drawing, play video games with friends, explore Los Angeles, play basketball, and cook.
My favorite place in S. California is…
Little Tokyo!

Community Assistants Supporting the Sophomore Class

Robert Green

(Sophomore Class CA)

Home City and State and/or Country
Oakland, California
Major, Minor, etc.
Major: History, Minor: Gender and Feminist Studies
I am at Pitzer because…
 I desired an academically and socially diverse campus to explore my career interests and create an inclusive community. I love the different ways Pitzer has made safe spaces to build relationships with individuals who hold similar identities and foster intercultural understanding with other identities..
Outside of class I…
I love to hike, try to new restaurants, and go shopping.
My favorite place in S. California is…
Disneyland

Nejat Ali

(Sophomore Class CA)

Home City and State and/or Country
Seattle, Washington
Major, Minor, etc.
Undeclared; Interesting in Science, Technology, & Society, Organizational Studies, or Economics
I am at Pitzer because…
I was given the chance to attend a school with core values that deeply resonated with my own. The reason I was so comfortable to commit to Pitzer as an early decision applicant is because I knew that I would be surrounded by a community that was grounded in these morals. I sensed this from interacting with people that I met during the fall diversity program I attended. This assured me that no matter what issue or problem might arise in the Pitzer community, there would be people around me who would tackle these problems with these shared values in order to find a sustainable solution.
Outside of class I…
love to create. One way I express my creativity is through my bold makeup looks. Another way is creating DIYs for room decor. Additionally, I also write poetry and short stories. I love to hang out with friends. When I’m with them, we’re always laughing, dancing, singing, or a combination of all three.
My favorite place in S. California is…
Santa Monica!

Community Assistants Supporting the Junior Class

Lily Fillwalk

(Junior Class CA)

Home City and State and/or Country
Muncie, Indiana
Major, Minor, etc.
Double Major in Environmental Science & Studio Art
I am at Pitzer because…
I think Pitzer is such a special community. I am proud to attend a school, as well as be part of a community, that upholds its core values! I also greatly appreciate our shared governance system, which gives equal value to administration, staff, and student voices on campus!
Outside of class I…
am the Vice President for External Affairs for Pitzer’s Student Senate, part of the creative team for ArtCo2.0, & am a Robert Redford Conservancy Fellow!
My favorite place in S. California is…
DTLA.

Amara Chidom

(Junior Class CA)

Home City and State and/or Country
Oakland, California
Major, Minor, etc.
Major: Human biology and Organizational Studies
I am at Pitzer because…
of the unique community. I enjoy the liberal arts experience within Pitzer, but I also have the ability to take advantage of the other 4 colleges.
Outside of class I…
play on the Pomona-Pitzer basketball team.
My favorite place in S. California is…
my aunts house!

Community Assistants Supporting the Senior Class

Neely Yates

(Senior Class CA)

Home City and State and/or Country
Austin, Texas
Major, Minor, etc.
Major: Cognitive Science, Computer Science Minor: Spanish
I am at Pitzer because…
each of Pitzer’s core values resonate with my own. The community of passionate learners, friends and incredible Professors makes me excited to come back every year.
Outside of class I…
enjoy writing poetry, learning new languages, and trying to befriend the bunnies near the clock tower.
My favorite place in S. California is…
Catalina Island!

Hunter Sayre 

(Senior Class CA)

Home City and State and/or Country
Herndon, Virginia
Major, Minor, etc.
Self-Designed Major: Critical Global Geography Minor: Environmental Analysis
I am at Pitzer because…
I believe in the school’s core values, and I love the rich community that aims to make everyone feel included. It is amazing to be part of a school where the students support each other to be their best. Beyond this, the school’s strong academics inspire me to always continue to learn and improve, and has taught me the importance of building strong relationships.
Outside of class I…
play Club Basketball for the 5C team, and have worked as a Youth Athletic Program Coordinator, coaching and training youth (ages 7-14) in skill development. #ChessClub I love the outdoors and backpacking and being in nature.
My favorite place in S. California is...
San Gabriel Mountains.

Community Assistants Supporting All Student Social Programs

Noah Williams

(All Student Social Programs CA)

Home City and State and/or Country
Tyrone, Georgia
Major, Minor, etc.
Major: Philosophy
I am at Pitzer because…
For the wonderful educational opportunities and the amazing student body. Being educated by some of the most astounding professors is a once-in-a-lifetime experience only found at Pitzer College!
Outside of class I…
Read, write, and listen to music!
My favorite place in S. California is…
Santa Monica.

Sahar Dabirian

(All Student Social Programs CA)

Home City and State and/or Country
San Fernando Valley/Los Angeles, California
Major, Minor, etc.
Major: Public Health, Minor: Spanish
I am at Pitzer because…
I am at Pitzer because I want to learn how to make the world a better place!
Outside of class I…
I enjoy getting involved on campus (virtually), hiking, and going to the beach!
My favorite place in S. California is…
Point Dume in Malibu

Valeria Duran

(All Student Social Programs CA)

Home City and State and/or Country
San Gabriel, California
Major, Minor, etc.
Major: Human Biology
I am at Pitzer because…
I believe in Pitzer’s core values. I’ve had the opportunity to learn from passionate and empathetic educators, and grow within a community of inspiring individuals!
Outside of class I…
I am a part of the Latinx Student Union & the First-Gen club and mentor First-Year Latinx students. Besides my role as a CA, I work with the Community Engagement Center to develop COVID-19 educational materials for communities surrounding Claremont, and am a tutor for Pitzer’s Spanish department. I also spend time with my dogs, Boo and Bella!
My favorite place in S. California is…
Topanga Canyon

Ari Wood

(All Student Social Programs CA)

Home City and State and/or Country
Los Gatos, CA / Portland, OR
Major, Minor, etc.
Major: Combined Sociology International Intercultural Studies, Minor: Spanish
I am at Pitzer because…
Of the commitment to social justice and community engagement. I want to use my education to dismantle oppressive structures and give back to the communities that have helped me grow.
Outside of class I…
like to walk my puppy BEANZ!, write, make art projects, and go on adventures!
My favorite place in S. California is…
Joshua Tree

Gulniyal Tuerhong

(All Student Social Programs CA)

Home City and State and/or Country
Urumqi, Xinjiang, China
Major, Minor, etc.
Major: Media Studies
I am at Pitzer because…
I want to be in a community where I am able to find and build my goals and have close relationships with my professors and friends.
Outside of class I…
enjoy working at the KSPC radio station, design posters, and learning how to DJ. I am also working on creating a WoC club at Pitzer to support the Womxn of Color community on campus.
My favorite place in S. California is…
DTLA, Melrose, and Fairfax Ave!

Natalie Ayala

(All Student Social Programs CA)

Home City and State and/or Country
Chicago, Illinois
Major, Minor, etc.
Chicanx/Latinx Studies & Visual Culture
I am at Pitzer because…
Pitzer’s core values, such as intercultural understanding and social responsibility, are reflective of the experience I not only want to have during my academic career here but even after I graduate. I pride myself in making inclusive, intersectional events and spaces that root themselves in social justice notions such as our core values.
Outside of class I…
am involved with the Latinx Student Union, First-Gen Club and work with the Community Engagement Center! I very in involved in the arts scene not only at the Claremont Colleges but also in the Inland Empire!
My favorite place in S. California is…
the Pomona Swap Meet/Car Show!

Apollo Thomas

(All Student Social Programs CA)

Home City and State and/or Country
Fontana, California
Major, Minor, etc.
Major: Psychology
I am at Pitzer because…
as a local student, I was familiar with the school and its reputation as a first class institution. I was enamored with the Pitzer community and I really identify the school’s core values.
Outside of class I…
really enjoy playing football, spending time with my family and friends, playing video games, sleeping, and eating out.
My favorite place in S. California is…
My house with my family.