Meet the RA Staff!

2019-2020 Resident Assistants (RAs)

Socorro Nieves 

Home City and State and/or Country
Phoenix, AZ
Major, Minor, etc.
Major: Legal Studies, Minor: Dance
I am at Pitzer because…
the liberal arts education provides many opportunities.
Outside of class I…
read, play the ukulele, sleep, and watch shows.
My favorite place in S. California is…
San Diego Zoo

Apollo Thomas

Home City and State and/or Country
Fontana, California
Major, Minor, etc.
Psychology, Africana Studies
I am at Pitzer because…
I was recruited by the head football coach and I was familiar with the school and its reputation as a first class institution since my dad had previously coached at Claremont.
Outside of class I…
Like to play football, enjoy spending time with my friends and football, play video games, sleep, and eat.
My favorite place in S. California is…
My house with my family.
Emelee Pineda

Emelee Pineda

Home City and State and/or Country
Bronx, New York
Major, Minor, etc.
Psychology
I am at Pitzer because…
it feels like a place where I can truly be myself without any fear of judgement. Pitzer is my home away from home.
Outside of class I…
like to listen to old R&B and hang out with my amazing friends.
My favorite place in S. California is…
Downtown LA

Lily Fillwalk

Home City and State and/or Country
Muncie, IN
Major, Minor, etc.
Double Major in EA and Studio Art
I am at Pitzer because…
of the amazing community and rigorous academics (specifically the EA Major)
Outside of class I…
love to camp, hike, read in the sun, hang out with my friends, and create art
My favorite place in S. California is…
Joshua Tree!!!

Amara Chidom

Home City and State and/or Country
Oakland CA
Major, Minor, etc.
Major-Human biology Minor-economics
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 basketball
My favorite place in S. California is…
my aunts house

Neely Yates

Home City and State and/or Country
Austin, TX
Major, Minor, etc.
International Political Economy and Cognitive Science.
I am at Pitzer because…
each of Pitzer’s core value resonate with my own. The community of passionate learners, caring friends and supportive mentors makes me feel welcomed back every year.
Outside of class I…
enjoy writing poetry, learning new languages, visiting new places in Southern California and trying to befriend the bunnies near the clock tower.
My favorite place in S. California is…
Catalina.

Zawadi Doti

Home City and State and/or Country
Portland, OR
Major, Minor, etc.
Psychology & Creative Writing
I am at Pitzer because…
Not only because of the core values that represents Pitzer but the students as well who are strong leaders and voices for their communities.
Outside of class I…
Like to write poems and fictional short stories as well as singing.
My favorite place in S. California is…
Hollywood because it is filled with curious places and amazing restaurants to eat at.

Tori Ramirez

Home City and State and/or Country
Pomona, CA
Major, Minor, etc.
Environmental Analysis and Sociology
I am at Pitzer because…
I am at Pitzer because of the strong sense of community that radiates throughout the campus. This welcoming environment is only possible because of the students, administrators, and faculty who are so genuine and supportive. It’s beautiful to experience an institution that fosters not only success but the growth and well-being of its students.
Outside of class I…
Outside of class I like to play logic games, watch anime, play video games, and walk my cat.
My favorite place in S. California is…
the Huntington Library

Natalie Ayala

Home City and State and/or Country
Chicago, IL
Major, Minor, etc.
Chicanx/Latinx Studies & Media Studies
I am at Pitzer because…
their core values reflect not only how I want me college experience to be, but also how I want to share my career and my life goals.
Outside of class I…
work at the CEC, have a fellowship with Claremont Graduate University, and love to read and make zines.
My favorite place in S. California is…
Being able to see the lights of LA on the edge of Mount Baldy

Caleb Spiro

Home City and State and/or Country
Portland OR, USA
Major, Minor, etc.
Psychology
I am at Pitzer because…
I love being able to open up my mind to so many other students and their ideas. They individuals who go here inspire me to be a better man and it feels amazing to be at a place that is so open and accepting.
Outside of class I…
I have a podcast, am working hard to be an influencer on social media, workout in the gym and run, do research on neuroscience and hang with my friends on my own freetime!
My favorite place in S. California is…
Los Angelos

Ciauna Cota

Home City and State and/or Country
Pasadena, CA USA
Major, Minor, etc.
Cultural Anthropology, Minor in Chinese (Mandarin)
I am at Pitzer because…
it offers students freedom in their course choices and extracurriculars while still providing a well-rounded education thanks to the core values
Outside of class I…
train capoeira, take walks around campus or to local businesses, embroider, do puzzles, play badminton, read, watch Studio Ghibli movies, and listen to music
My favorite place in S. California is…
Disneyland!

Hongfei Chen

Home City and State and/or Country
Shanghai, China
Major, Minor, etc.
Computer Science
I am at Pitzer because…
I love the community at Pitzer.
Outside of class I…
like to read and travel.
My favorite place in S. California is…
Tar Pit Museum

Paz O’Farrell

Home City and State and/or Country
Argentina.
Major, Minor, etc.
Undeclared, probably English.
I am at Pitzer because…
it is a school where people live by its core values.
Outside of class I…
like to lie down and read at the Mounds.
My favorite place in S. California is…
The Barnes & Noble in Glendale.

Mateo Henriquez

Home City and State and/or Country
Panama City, Panama
Major, Minor, etc.
Combined: Media Studies/Org Studies
I am at Pitzer because…
I am dedicated to safe environments for myself and other fellow queer latino international students.
Outside of class I…
Attend speaker events, hang out at the mounds, and exploring Inland Empire.
My favorite place in S. California is…
Mount Baldy

Kemi Richards

Home City and State and/or Country
Union, NJ
Major, Minor, etc.
Sociology Major, Spanish Minor
I am at Pitzer because…
our sociology class discussions are out of this world!
Outside of class I…
like to lift weights, knit, play sudoku, share a laugh, and eat good food!
My favorite place in S. California is…
route 66 on a sunny day!

Franci Lievanos

Home City and State and/or Country
San Juan Capistrano, CA
Major, Minor, etc.
Political Science Major
I am at Pitzer because…
I really identify with Pitzer’s core values and from the moment I stepped on the campus, I knew it was the place for me. Their emphasis of applying what we learn in the classroom to surrounding communities and our lives I feel is what makes Pitzer stand out as an instution.
Outside of class I…
I like to watch Netflix and Hulu shows, listen to music, especially R&B, and hangout with my pug, Puyol. I also enjoy going home to on the weekends, traveling, especially to the East Coast, and exploring LA. As well I like to volunteer with organizations that are involved in immigrant’s rights advocacy.
My favorite place in S. California is…
Either the Claremont, San Dimas or San Juan Capistrano Dog Park. Though the dog park is for my pug, Puyol, I love to go to the dog park because I get to watch Puyol play and enjoy himself, but I also get to pet other dogs and be outside.
Roshni Patel

 Roshni Patel

Home City and State and/or Country
Mumbai, India
Major, Minor, etc.
Sociology
I am at Pitzer because…
I wanted an education that would fuel my curiosity and encourage me to explore new passions and take on challenges outside academia.
Outside of class I…
walk around to find new places and people
My favorite place in S. California is…
Rooftop of HMCs admission building at Night

Ari Wood

Home City and State and/or Country
Portland Oregon
Major, Minor, etc.
Sociology, Spanish
I am at Pitzer because…
I am at Pitzer because the students, faculty, and staff inspire me every day
Outside of class I…
Outside of class I like to go on adventures, travel, or just relax and talk with friends. I also like to spend time in nature and listen to music
My favorite place in S. California is…
Joshua Tree National Park

Thomas Martinez

Home City and State and/or Country
Orange, CA
Major, Minor, etc.
Economics, Organizational Studies
I am at Pitzer because…
I’m at Pitzer because of the academic autonomy offered by the curriculum, the abundant opportunities to challenge myself, and the potential to gain unparalleled experience at a school that feels like home.
Outside of class I…
I spend a lot of my time in search of new foods to eat, hiking, backpacking, and doing anything outdoors.
My favorite place in S. California is…
my grandma’s house

Yun Zhang

Home City and State and/or Country
Kunming, Yunnan, China
Major, Minor, etc.
Computer Science, Quantitative Economics
I am at Pitzer because…
I like Pitzer core values and liberal arts educaiton.
Outside of class I…
I like watch movies and cook with my friends.
My favorite place in S. California is…
Santa Monica

Erin Jung

Home City and State and/or Country
Singapore
Major, Minor, etc.
Mathematical Economics
I am at Pitzer because…
I care about Pitzer’s values and the classes are perfectly tailored to my learning style
Outside of class I…
I like to spend time with friends, try new fitness classes, and explore Southern California
My favorite place in S. California is…
Newport Beach

Charles Lee

Home City and State and/or Country
Seoul
Major, Minor, etc.
Mathematical Economics
I am at Pitzer because…
I want to utilize the opportunities of a liberal arts college
Outside of class I…
rap, read, take pictures and play sports
My favorite place in S. California is…
San Diego

Valeria Durán

Home City and State and/or Country
Rosemead, CA
Major, Minor, etc.
Human Biology, minor in Economics
I am at Pitzer because…
I want to learn in an institution that I know values the incorporation of social justice in all aspects of education.
Outside of class I…
watch movies with friends, and journal!
My favorite place in S. California is…
the San Gabriel Valley.

Yesica Estrada

Home City and State and/or Country
Los Angeles, California
Major, Minor, etc.
Public Health and Biology
I am at Pitzer because…
here I am given the wings to fly, fly beyond borders set against me as a DREAMer!
Outside of class I…
enjoy engaging in community organizing with organizations such as CCAN, IDEAS, Prison Abolition, etc. I also like dancing, bike riding and exploring the IE!
My favorite place in S. California is…
Watts Community Center

Mia Kenworthy

Home City and State and/or Country
San Diego
Major, Minor, etc.
Biochemistry & sociology double major
I am at Pitzer because…
I care about the environment, social justice, diversity of thought, and academic rigor.
Outside of class I…
like to bake, read, practice yoga, and walk my dog.
My favorite place in S. California is…
home, with my family.