Mattie Ross ’12, Assistant Director of Admission
Mattie grew up in Maui, Hawaii and attended King Kekaulike High School. She is a Pitzer alumna of the class of 2012 and earned her degree in English and World Literature: Creative Writing with a minor in Spanish. While studying at Pitzer she worked as a student tour guide and was a Resident Assistant for three years. In addition, Mattie studied abroad in León, Spain where she taught English to three young girls. One of her most memorable college accomplishments was educating low-income preschoolers as a Jumpstart Corps Member in 2012. In her spare time Mattie enjoys watching movies, eating Korean food, playing with animals and adventuring with family and friends.
Katie Shepherd, Admission Counselor
Hailing from Rancho Cucamonga, California, Katie recently graduated from Harvey Mudd College (Pitzer’s next door neighbor!) with a degree in Engineering. While at HMC she became an Admissions Senior Intern and tour guide, led her dorm as a Resident Assistant, entertained students as a student activities coordinator, and played percussion in the orchestra. Some of Katie’s favorite memories from studying abroad in Australia were performing in a Battle of the Bands competition and making friends with the kangaroos. In her spare time, Katie enjoys taking photos, learning songs on the guitar, watching movies with her sister, and laughing.
Dwayne Okpaise, Admission Counselor
Dwayne grew up in Simi Valley, California where he attended Santa Susana High School. Dwayne recently earned his degree in art history from Reed College in Portland, Oregon. While a student at Reed, he spent a semester abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina and wrote his thesis on the relation between dictatorship and performance art in that country. In addition to working in the Admission Office at Reed, Dwayne was involved with the Multicultural Resource Center and student government. In his free time, Dwayne enjoys spending entire days at museums and making art. He is very excited to return to Southern California and become a member of the Pitzer community!
Graduation Year: 2017
Hometown: Mililani, O’ahu, Hawai’i
Major: Environmental Analysis
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Why I am a Diversity Intern: When I was a prospective student, I participated in the Fall Diversity program. The program provided invaluable insight to Pitzer and it helped me with my final decision to enroll as a full-time student. Such an awesome program wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for the Diversity coordinators. As a Diversity intern, I hope to provide prospective students from underrepresented backgrounds the same opportunity that I had as a participant in the Diversity Program.
The best thing about Pitzer is the people. The faculty and staff members are exponentially supportive and they genuinely want each student to succeed in his/her/X endeavors. The students themselves are creative, passionate individuals that sincerely want to change the world in a positive manner.
Extracurriculars I am involved in: The Robert Redford Conservancy, Asian American Resource Center, 5C Hula Club, & Hui Laule’a Hawai’i Club.
What I do for fun: I like to surf, sing, hike, swim, dance, run, and play Hawaiian music on my ‘ukulele. I also love spending quality time with my family and friends!
Graduation Year: 2018
Hometown: Los Angeles
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Why I am a Diversity Intern: I am a Diversity Intern because I believe in the programs mission of advocating for education equality and immersing students from underrepresented backgrounds to a liberal arts education. Just like the Diversity Interns eased my transition to college by sharing their experiences and giving me their full support, I now have a commitment to take that role and share my experience with students who are beginning a new chapter in their lives.
The best thing about Pitzer is… our close-knit community, resources available for students, the consortium, and of course, the Pitzer dining hall!!
Extracurriculars I am involved in: Encuentros, Latin@ Student Union, Research Assistant in topics of higher education, Spanish Conversation Leader and Tutor.
What I do for fun: Going to the Arts District (downtown Los Angeles) and taking pictures of contemporary street art, bike riding, watching slam poetry videos, playing with cats and reading.
Graduation Year: 2017
Hometown: Portland, OR
Major: Media Studies and Political Studies
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Why I am a Diversity Intern: I am a Diversity Intern because I want to be a part of celebrating and welcoming students from diverse underrepresented backgrounds to the Pitzer community.
The best thing about Pitzer is really getting to know and develop relationships with your professors…and of course the Grove House
Extracurriculars I am involved in: ResLife, KSPC Radio, Hillel and Challah for Hunger
What I do for fun: Spending time with friends and family and of course binge watching a good television show.
Kristen Park (Abroad Fall 2015)
Graduation Year: 2017
Hometown: Brea, CA
Major: Psychology and Asian American Studies
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Why I am a Diversity Intern: I am a Diversity Intern because my senior year of high school I was on the program and realized if there is a school that had had such an emphasis on Diversity then I had to go to that school.
Extracurriculars I am involved in: ResLife, Pomona-Pitzer Christian Fellowship, and Pitzer Outdoor Adventures.
What I do for fun: Coming up with new backpacking meal recipes, going to Trader Joe’s, backpacking with my wonderful friends.
Graduation Year: 2016
Hometown: Richmond, CA
Major: Sociology and Spanish
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Why I am a Diversity Intern: The Diversity Program was an important event that influenced my decision to choose Pitzer. As an intern, I want to welcome and assist future attendees of the program in any way that I can to make them feel comfortable on Pitzer’s campus.
The best thing about Pitzer is the students, faculty, and staff. Everyone is nice and unique in their own way, which makes it very easy to feel at ease around campus.
Extracurriculars I am involved in: Latino Student Union, Spanish Conversation Leader and Tutor, Jumpstart, Intramural Soccer
What I do for fun: I enjoy hanging out with friends, watching Netflix, going out for runs, playing soccer, listening to Spanish music
Graduation Year: 2016
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
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Why I am a Diversity Intern: I am a diversity intern because I strongly believe in the program’s commitment to reach out to underrepresented communities to immerse them in a small liberal arts college environment. Having been a part of this program during high school, I found my experience incredibly rewarding so being part of the team that helps coordinate it is the best way I can give back!
The best thing about Pitzer is the flexibility to make your educational experience what you want it to be and having the tools and people to guide you through the process.
Extracurriculars I am involved in: Latino Student Union, Research Assistant in topics of education and college access, Student Liaison for the Sociology Field Group
What I do for fun: I love going back to my hometown in LA, visiting art museums, reading, spending time with family and friends.