Meet the RA Staff!

2018-2019 Resident Assistants (RAs)

Justin Blankson-Phipps

Justin Blankson-Phipps

I am from: Loganville
Academic Major/Minor: Economics
Outside of class I: play football and rugby, and explore California in my free time.
I am at Pitzer because: this college is the best fit for me
My favorite place in S. California is…Fremont academy, because those kids changed my life.

Hazel Olson-Dorf

Hazel Olson-Dorf

I am from: San Francisco
Academic Major/Minor: Peace Studies
Outside of class I: Like to hang out with my friends and make art!
I am at Pitzer because:of the community of engaged learners, and the sun
My favorite place in S. California is…Downtown L.A.

Emelee Pineda

Emelee Pineda

I am from: Bronx
Academic Major/Minor: Psychology, Portuguese, and Debating Legal Studies Minor
Outside of class I: like to listen to old R&B music, to read young adult novels, talk to my mom and brother, hang out with friends, tutor
I am at Pitzer because: I am at Pitzer because it feels like a place where I can truly be myself without fear of judgement. The close-knit community that Pitzer offers makes me feel at home.
My favorite place in S. California is…Universal Studios or the LA Zoo

Hongfei Chen

I am from: Shanghai, China
Academic Major/Minor: Management Engineering
Outside of class I: read books and watch movies. I also enjoy traveling.
I am at Pitzer because: I love the supportive community at Pitzer.

Kia Vue

Kia Vue

I am from: Milwaukee, WI
Academic Major/Minor: English World Literature and Organizational Studies
Outside of class I: enjoy trying out new restaurants.
I am at Pitzer because:I love the students that attend Pitzer
My favorite place in S. California is…Griffith Observatory

Maddie McCann

Maddie McCann

I am from: Seattle, WA
Academic Major/Minor: Major: Digital Media Studies; Minor: Sociocultural Anthropology
Outside of class I: Outside of class I love to check in with my friends, cook healthy food, explore beautiful parks with my dog, and critique films, television, and books.
I am at Pitzer because: I am at Pitzer because of the plentiful opportunities to challenge myself in my field, to study abroad in a comprehensive program, and am surrounded by motivated, conscious peers.
My favorite place in S. California is…Hope Beach and Joshua Tree

Allee McKown

I am from: Durango, Colorado
Academic Major/Minor: Mathematics, Education
Outside of class I: Try to stay balanced physically, emotionally, mentally, academically, and contribute to communities and people around me. I trail run, hike, swim, practice yoga and meditate with the mindfulness club. I love to cook and read. I also work at the Grove House.
I am at Pitzer because: I chose Pitzer to be able to work in a bakery and garden on campus while receiving an interdisciplinary education less than an hour from the city, the ocean, the mountains, and the desert. What I have found and love about Pitzer are intellectually curious people who will go on wild adventures and talk about morality and love all night long.

Jan Bragado

Jan Bragado

I am from: Pomona, CA
Academic Major/Minor: Sociology and Int’l & Intercultural Studies
Outside of class I: I love to play the ukulele and guitar, sing, and bullet journal. I also go on random walks to listen to music, and I love watching movies and tv shows. I enjoy spending time with my friends, and I love to wind down with some self-care routines alone or with friends.
I am at Pitzer because: The people here are inspiring. The resources in Pitzer and the 5C’s are outstanding, but what’s extraordinary about this institution is the people. Whether it’s students, faculty, or staff, each individual I’ve met thus far is so passionate and truly resonates with the core values. I love going to a school where the people build each other up rather than tear others down.
My favorite place in S. California is…San Diego. Though I live in Pomona and go to school in Claremont, SD will always have my heart.

Del Martin

Del Martin

I am from: Atlanta,GA
Academic Major/Minor: BIO-Chemistry
Outside of class I: Formulate vegan cosmetics for my business Labio Couture and create DIY projects.
I am at Pitzer because: During my visit at the diversity program, I felt at home. Afterwards, I immediately applied to one school ED, Pitzer College
My favorite place in S. California is…Downtown LA, this was the first place I visited during my OA trip. The food is amazing!

Natalie Ayala

I am from: Chicago, IL
Academic Major/Minor: Chicanx/Latinx Studies & Media Studies
Outside of class I: work at the Community Engagement Center, am learning how to roller skate, enjoy making art and am an activist on campus.
I am at Pitzer because: I believe that Pitzer’s core values reflect my own ideals, I want to hold myself accountable to proactively fight for what I believe in.
My favorite place in S. California is…James Place in Upland (it’s a weirdly suspicious local arcade)

Caleb Spiro

I am from: Portland, OR, USA
Academic Major/Minor: Psychology
Outside of class I: Have a podcast

Post on social media about fitness

Workout

Hang with friends
I am at Pitzer because: I love the people here and how much they influence me to better person each day

Lilly Sterenberg

I am from: New York City!
Academic Major/Minor: Psychology major + Music minor!
Outside of class I: make vocal arrangements for my a cappella group, eat way too much goat cheese, watch Grey’s Anatomy, wear christmas clothing during the non-christmas parts of the year and go on long road trips!
I am at Pitzer because: of my friends, my professors and this baller education!

Imanol Garcia

Imanol Garcia

I am from: Chicago
Academic Major/Minor: Media studies and Comp Sci
Outside of class I: love reading romance books and watching videos of computer builds.
I am at Pitzer because:of it’s caring staff and positive outlook of the environment.
My favorite place in S. California is…Koreatown because its amazing Korean BBQ!

Amanda Martin-Lawrence

Amanda Martin-Lawrence

I am from: Brooklyn, New York
Academic Major/Minor: Sociology and legal studies
Outside of class I: Like to hang out wiht my friends, crotchet, listen to music and enjoy being in the sun
I am at Pitzer because:I wanted to grow in a community that had similar values to my own. I also believed that Pitzer would be the best fit for me to grow my passion in advocacy and dedication to social responsibility.
My favorite place in S. California is…any beach

Karease Williams

Karease Williams

I am from: San Antonio, Tx, USA
Academic Major/Minor: Organizational Studies
Outside of class I: like to dance, do makeup, and interact with my residents/ students and friends on campus
I am at Pitzer because: it allows me to pursue an education suited for me
My favorite place in S. California is…my room in Mead

Nathan Chun

Nathan Chun

I am from: La Crescenta California
Academic Major/Minor: Human Factors Engineering/Psychology
Outside of class I: enjoy spending time playing video games, play basketball, go to the gym, and finish up on my homework.
I am at Pitzer because: I wanted to create my own major called human factors engineering which combines both fields of engineering and psychology. Human factors engineers take their knowledge in psychology and apply it to modern day technology through a study of humans and their interactions with such said technology.
My favorite place in S. California is…Koreatown

Roshni Patel

 Roshni Patel

I am from: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Academic Major/Minor: Sociology Major
Outside of class I:love going up to Mount Baldy, meeting new people, cooking, and take long meals
I am at Pitzer because:I wanted to be a part of a small knit community that’s dedicated to uploading Pitzer’s core values.
My favorite place in S. California is…Barnsdall Art Park, but this is frequently changing based on recent discoveries!

Naima Orozco- Valdivia

Naima Orozco- Valdivia

I am from: Alhambra, California
Academic Major/Minor: History
Outside of class I:  Outside of class I like to attend art openings and other event in Los Angeles. In my third year here I have really found the value of going into LA to interact with different people and cultures and learn from community members who are so multifaceted in their talents and interests.
I am at Pitzer because: I am at Pitzer because I find value in the communities that I have been able to foster during my time here. Not only do I value my community but see the beauty and the importance of all the other niches that have been able to be forged as a result of the students, administrators, faculty, and staff here at Pitzer.
My favorite place in S. California is…My favorite place in Southern California is Plaza de La Raza, a community arts center that I grew up in, in a community in Los Angeles called Lincoln Heights.

Erin Jung

Erin Jung

I am from: Singapore
Academic Major/Minor: Economics
Outside of class I: I like to craft, cook, and dance
I am at Pitzer because: The classes are perfect for my learning style and the weather is amazing
My favorite place in S. California is…Newport Beach

Yun Zhang

Yun Zhang

I am from: China
Academic Major/Minor: Computer Science & Econ
Outside of class I: Karaoke
I am at Pitzer because: I am curious about liberal arts education
My favorite place in S. California is…Santa Monica Beach

Justin Sleppy

I am from: Juneau, Alaska
Academic Major/Minor: Undecided
Outside of class I: love to travel, engage in community service, take photographs, attend sporting events, and go for hikes/runs.
I am at Pitzer because: Pitzer provides countless opportunities for students to engage in hands-on learning experiences on and off campus.

Kemi Richards

I am from: Union, NJ
Academic Major/Minor: Sociology Major, Spanish minor
Outside of class I: like to lift weights, play sudoku, share a laugh, and eat good food!
I am at Pitzer because: our sociology class discussions are out of this world!
My favorite place in S. California is…the beach.

Valeria Durán

I am from: San Gabriel, CA, USA
Academic Major/Minor: Human Biology, Minor in Economics
Outside of class I: study off campus, work with Latinx organizations at the 5Cs, and work out!
I am at Pitzer because:I believe in Pitzer’s core values.