Meet the RA Staff!

Fall 2020 Resident Assistants (RAs)

Hunter Sayre 

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.

Apollo Thomas

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.

Max Gordon

Home City and State and/or Country
Vista, California
Major, Minor, etc.
Major: Economics
I am at Pitzer because…
I have a very strong connection with Pitzer’s core values. I am deeply interested in the environment and sustainability. That combined with the small school giving me great access to resources, the consortium allowing me to explore any interest I have, and the elite academics are all major factors that led to my choice to attend Pitzer.
Outside of class I…
I am a member of the football team, Vice President of the Pitzer Investment Fund, a member of Sagehen Capital Management, and currently starting a company with my friends in hopes of being able to provide the majority of profits to cancer research.
My favorite place in S. California is…
Carlsbad. It will always be home to me. I love the beach and have always been happy to grow up in North County San Diego

Neely Yates

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!

Natalie Ayala

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!

Amara Chidom

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!

Del Martin

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

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

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!

Tanner Pierce-Durance

Home City and State and/or Country
Vail, Colorado
Major, Minor, etc.
Undeclared; Interested in Economics and Linguistics
I am at Pitzer because…
of its diversity and focus for cultural understanding. I have been able to open myself to my own Asian heritage and ethnicity whilst also being able to meet so many different people with interesting stories of their own. Because of my experience of living abroad, in Germany and New Zealand, I thrive with Pitzer’s focus on learning about and respecting different cultures.
Outside of class I…
I work at the Green Bike Program, play club basketball and volleyball for the 5Cs, and love spending time playing board games or listening to music with friends.
My favorite place in S. California is…
campus; while the rest of Southern California is big and exciting, I feel safe and at home when I am at the Claremont Colleges. It’s become my new home and the people are my family.

Leah Leslie

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

Home City and State and/or Country
Chicago, Illinois
Major, Minor, etc.
Major: Sociology and Psychology Minor: Cognitive Science
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

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.

Jacob Brittain

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!

Mateo Henriquez

Home City and State and/or Country
Panama City, Panama
Major, Minor, etc.
Organizational Studies
I am at Pitzer because…
I simply looked up “Queer Friendly Liberal Arts Colleges in California”. I landed on Pitzer. It was a huge wild card. I had never come to California or visited Pitzer. To put it in one sentence…I’m at Pitzer because of the people, because of the professors who are passionate about people finding their place in the world.
Outside of class I…
I like to take long walks, explore LA, go to the beach (mostly), and always looking for new restaurants to eat at around the Inland Empire and LA.
My favorite place in S. California is…
Venice Beach or Laguna Beach!

Marcus Jackson

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!

Nejat Ali

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!

Anton Van Schaik

Home City and State and/or Country
New York City, New York
Major, Minor, etc.
Undeclared; interested in Peace & Conflict Studies
I am at Pitzer because…
I was especially drawn to the community that a school such as Pitzer inherently fosters due to its size, location, and people that it attracts. What makes Pitzer so unique is not only the incredible opportunities that going to Claremont College offers but also the people that choose to make it their own. Pitzer thrives off of the individuality and input of its student body and I hope that by becoming an RA I can simply become another resource for my fellow students.
Outside of class I…
am on the Curriculum Committee of Student Senate and work at the Pomona Coop Fountain. I love to go running, read, hike and watch a lot of TV.
My favorite place in S. California is…
Catalina Island!

Zawadi Doti

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

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

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!

Aoi Yasuda

Home City and State and/or Country
Tokyo, Japan
Major, Minor, etc.
Undeclared. Interested in Environmental Analysis and Computer Science.
I am at Pitzer because…
I was drawn to Pitzer because of its core values, especially environmental sustainability, because I wanted to study Environmental Analysis (which is not offered in Japanese universities) and because of the people here who genuinely care about Pitzer’s core values and practice them daily.
Outside of class I…
I like to go to farmers market on Sunday morning and then cook in the Demo Kitchen with friends, make myself tea and read on my bed, play basketball, go to a friend’s room and chat for hours and stop by at Pit-Stop Café.
My favorite place in S. California is…
Catalina Island!

Charles Lee

Home City and State and/or Country
Seoul, South Korea
Major, Minor, etc.
Major: Mathematical Economics
I am at Pitzer because…
I want to intellectually challenge myself.
Outside of class I…
rap and play soccer!
My favorite place in S. California is…
Santa Monica.

Gulniyal Tuerhong

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!

Noah Williams

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.