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.  

Fall 2020 Community Assistants (CAs)

First Year Class Community AssistantsSupervised by Residence Director Tasmia Moosani
Leah LeslieQuentin Jenkins
Jacob BrittainAdia Clarke
Kaila TeagueMarcus Jackson
Ciauna Kui-ChavezPaz O’Farrell
Ima GarciaDel Martin
Sophomore Class Community AssistantsSupervised by Residence Director Priscilla Cobian
Dani MillerZawadi Doti
Nathan ChunNejat Ali
Junior Class Community AssistantsSupervised by Associate Director Josh Scacco
Lily FillwalkNoah Williams
Amara ChidomG Guliniali
Senior Class Community AssistantsSupervised by Residence Director Nick Flores and Brianna Anania
Hunter SayreNeely Yates
Apollo ThomasNatalie Ayala

Community Assistants Supporting the First-Year Class

Del Martin 

(First Year Class CA)

Home City and State and/or Country
Atlanta, Georgia
Major, Minor, etc.
Major: Intercultural and International Studies
I am at Pitzer because…
it was my number 1 school when applying to college. Pitzer was the only school I applied to ED and am I so glad I trusted myself.
Outside of class I…
formulate cosmetics for Labio Couture and find ways to stay happy despite the academic demands and the chaos of the day.
My favorite place in S. California is…
yogurtland!

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!

Kaila Teague

(First Year Class CA)

Home City and State and/or Country
Atlanta, Georgia
Major, Minor, etc.
Self Designed Major: Foreign Languages
I am at Pitzer because…
of the great people I have met and unique opportunities offered here!
Outside of class I…
I like to shop, travel, and crochet!
My favorite place in S. California is…
Big Bear!

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

Zawadi Doti

(Sophomore Class CA)

Home City and State and/or Country
Portland, Oregon
Major, Minor, etc.
Major: Psychology and Literature under the track of Creative Writing
I am at Pitzer because…
I value the community that Pitzer has for thier students, giving us the space to learn and grow as leaders; outside and inside the Pitzer community.
Outside of class I…
Give back to my community by volunteering. I also explore the natural grounds around Claremont. I am also involved in clubs and organizations for students on campus.
My favorite place in S. California is…
I enjoy exploring LA and going to the beach.

Dani Miller

(Sophomore Class CA)

Home City and State and/or Country
Bethesda, Maryland
Major, Minor, etc.
Undeclared; interested in Media Studies
I am at Pitzer because…
Pitzer is home to me. I find immense comfort in being able to open my hatch to a warm breeze and scenic mountains. I constantly remind myself how grateful I am to be at a place where it is the norm to say hi to strangers in passing, and sit with people who are alone in dining halls. It is motivating to surround myself with people who not only want to change the world, but take proactive steps in that direction. I have found my comfort zone here, but I am encouraged to push myself out of my comfort zone often. Pitzer is a place of growth, love, and belonging.
Outside of class I…
enjoy discovering new live music with my friends, participating and leading protests on important issues, and writing for the Pitzer paper, The Outback.
My favorite place in S. California is…
My aunt and uncles house in Pasadena and downtown Pasadena!

Nathan Chun

(Sophomore Class CA)

Home City and State and/or Country
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Major, Minor, etc.
Self-Designed Major: Human-Centered Design
I am at Pitzer because…
I wanted to pursue my interests at a liberal arts institution to truly develop a sense of what I want to do after schooling. Pitzer offers majors in many of the humanities which I was primarily interested in from high school and it also offers the opportunity to create your own major and curriculum which I took advantage of since I plan to go to graduate school. Pitzer fosters a community of socially responsible adults which I also really value.
Outside of class I…
I enjoy spending time with friends playing board games like spyfall and one night ultimate werewolf, playing video games with friends online, going to the gym to play basketball, and watching netflix.
My favorite place in S. California is…
Koreatown!

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

Noah Williams

(Junior Class 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.

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!

Gulniyal Tuerhong

(Junior Class 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!

Community Assistants supporting the Senior class

Natalie Ayala

(Senior Class 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

(Senior Class 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.

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.