Meet the RA Staff!

2018-2019 Resident Assistants (RAs)

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

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

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

Vanessa Blaylock

I am from: Arlington Texas
Academic Major/Minor: Media Studies and Environmental Analysis
Outside of class I: I like to hang out with my friends doing cool things and playing soccer.
I am at Pitzer because:There are a bunch of opportunities to learn what you want to know and many ways to get involved in all of the other colleges.
My favorite place in S. California is…Disneyland

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

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

Yaquana Williams

I am from: Irvington, NJ
Academic Major/Minor:Political Studies and Africana Studies
Outside of class I: Attend Black Student Union, read books,write poetry, and work on my independent research project on health disparities.
I am at Pitzer because: I fell in love with Pitzer my Junior Year of high school. After visiting, I promised myself if I get accepted and had the opportunity to visit campus again I would commit to Pitzer. After getting accepted and attending Spring Diversity, I knew Pitzer was the best fit for me.
My favorite place in S. California is…Hollywood Boulevard because it almost reminds me of back home on the east coast. Hollywood gives me a similar feeling to how I feel in NYC without the crowds, fast paced atmosphere, and skyscrapers with flashing lights everywhere.

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

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!

Franci Lievanos

I am from: San Juan Capistrano, CA
Academic Major/Minor: Politcal Science Major/ Spanish Minor
Outside of class I: I spend my time working for the Community Engagement Center and the Pomona Day Labor Center. I also spend my time working in the Claremont community by being a AYSO Soccer coach in the Claremont area for U-10 Girls. I also love to listen to music, especially Frank Ocean, play Rummy 500, and watching different shows on Hulu.
I am at Pitzer because: When picking a school it was important to me that the school had ideologies that not only reflected who I was, but also put those ideologies into practice. Being at Pitzer not only am I able to learn about different communities, but I am also able to go out to those communities and help them in any way Pitzer is able to. I especially resonated with Pitzer’s core value of student engagement. Being at Pitzer I have been able to connect with the Pomona Day Labor Center through the Community Engagement Center, which has been an integral part of my Pitzer experience. From the very first step I took at Pitzer, I knew I wanted to come here and I am fortunate enough to call Pitzer my home.
My favorite place in S. California is…My favorite place in California is Laguna Beach. Growing up in San Juan Capistrano, Laguna Beach was always a close distance away. The beaches are not only a beautiful sight, but the streets are filled with friendly people. Laguna Beach not only reminds me of family beach days, but it also reminds of weekend adventures with my friends at the last minute. Laguna Beach has amazing food and desserts, and though it is an hour and a half away from Pitzer, the voyage is always worth it.

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Kieona Buchanan

I am from: Rolling Fork, MS
Academic Major/Minor: Sociology, Organizational Studies
Outside of class I: Outside of class I like to hang out in BSU with my friends, talk to my family back home, watch movies, and do makeup.
I am at Pitzer because: I’m at Pitzer because I’ve always wanted to attend a liberal arts school and it has always been my dream to be on the west coast, preferably Los Angeles. More importantly, I’m at Pitzer because I wanted to be the change I wanted to see in my hometown of Rolling Fork, MS. I am the first and hopefully not the last student from my high school to actually leave the state an pursue my dreams. I’m hoping that by coming to Pitzer I’ll be exposed to something new, academically and socially challenging, and overall gain the experience and knowledge to help those who aren’t as privileged as myself. I’m at Pitzer because I want to create a better life for my sisters by being in a place of endless opportunities.
My favorite place in S. California is…Los Angeles

Olu Oshodi

I am from: Los Angeles, CA
Academic Major/Minor: International Economics & Modern Language – Japanese
Outside of class I: Read manga, watch anime, and hang out with friends.
I am at Pitzer because: Of the 5Cs Pitzer’s core values best align with my own values.
My favorite place in S. California is…Los Angeles

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

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

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

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

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!

Mia Kenworthy

I am from: San Diego, CA
Academic Major/Minor: Biochemistry and Sociology
Outside of class I: like to bake, read, practice yoga, and walk my dog.
I am at Pitzer because: I care about the environment, social justice, diversity of thought, and academic rigor.
My favorite place in S. California is…home, with my family.

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

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

A.J Dykens-Hodapp

I am from: Nashville, TN
Academic Major/Minor: Undeclared
Outside of class I: run, hike, and play music
I am at Pitzer because: I am committed to the core values and see myself growing and learning well here.
My favorite place in S. California is…Angeles National Forest

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

Deve Mehta

I am from: Dallas, Texas
Academic Major/Minor: Public Health: Sexual & Reproductive Health and Anthropology Minor
Outside of class I: Hang out with friends, do henna, travel, listen to music and tag people in memes
I am at Pitzer because:I found that the core values aligned perfectly to my philosophy of an ideal school. More so, I wanted to be able to take classes outside my major and be able to make an impact in my community through the plethora of connections and resources Pitzer has to offer!
My favorite place in S. California is…Laguna Beach!

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.