Community Involvement

Jose CalderónJose Zapata Calderón (Sociology; Chicana/o-Latina/o Transnational Studies, Emeritus)
Professor Calderón, the Rural and Urban Social Movements class (SOC/CH155) and Pitzer alumni joined the United Farm Workers in a 20th anniversary celebration of the annual La Paz Alternative Spring Break, Keene, CA, March 2013.

Tessa Hicks-PetersonTessa Hicks Peterson (Community Engagement Center)
Professor Peterson, in collaboration with faculty and students from a number of Pitzer service-learning courses, and Native American Program Coordinator Scott Scoggins, extended community-based learning projects linking Pitzer with members of local Tribal Nations and American Indian communities. Projects involved the Upland Regional History Museum’s Living History Garden, the Sherman Indian High School in Riverside, CA and Tongva Elder Julia Bogany, fall 2012 and spring 2013.

Professor Peterson and students in Healing Ourselves and Healing Our Communities (ONT 110) developed community-based learning partnerships with the Center for Engaged Compassion at the Claremont School of Theology and Resources for Human Development California at the Watts Wellness Center, spring 2013.

Todd HonmaTodd Honma (Asian American Studies)
Professor Honma and students in Asian American and Queer Zines (ASAM75) planned and executed the first Claremont Zine Fest, held on the Pitzer campus. They also worked with Heart and Soul Arts Collective, Equal Action and Los Angeles Public Library to present zine workshops for their members. Students also worked with Bridgetown DIY, a start-up not-for-profit all-ages art and music community space in La Puente, CA, spring 2013.

Professor Honma and students in Filipin@ American Experiences (ASAM135) worked with the Pilipino Workers Center on a variety of training modules for the organization’s membership, fall 2012.

Carina Johnson (History)
Professor Yep, Professor Johnson, Director of the Asian American Resource Center at Pomona College Sefa Aina, student staff, the Soakai family, the Koloa family and students in Globalization and Oceania: Hawai’i and Tonga (ASAM189) expanded the Saturday Tongan Education Program, a weekly culturally-relevant academic program with Tongan American youth from the Inland Empire, The Claremont Colleges, February-June 2013.

Erich SteinmanErich Steinman (Sociology)
Professor Steinman, in collaboration with Professor Tessa Hicks Peterson, students from Indigenous Peoples of the Americas: Colonization, Identity, Resistance (SOC78), and Native American Program Coordinator Scott Scoggins, extended community-based learning projects linking Pitzer with members of local Tribal Nations and American Indian communities. Projects involved the Upland Regional History Museum’s Living History Garden, the Sherman Indian High School in Riverside, California and Tongva Elder Julia Bogany, fall 2012 and spring 2013.

In July 2012, Professor Steinman, Scott Scoggins and Pitzer students Nicholas Romo ‘14 and Shannon McCarthy ‘13 participated in an ongoing research project in Victoria, Canada, regarding “Decolonizing Settler Higher Education.” They also extended existing Pitzer relationships with First Nations and Indigenous communities near Victoria.

Kathy YepKathleen S. Yep (Asian American Studies)
Professor Yep, Professor Johnson, Director of the Asian American Resource Center at Pomona College Sefa Aina, student staff, the Soakai family, the Koloa family and students in Globalization and Oceania: Hawai’i and Tonga (ASAM189) expanded the Saturday Tongan Education Program, a weekly culturally-relevant academic program with Tongan American youth from the Inland Empire, The Claremont Colleges, February-June 2013.

Professor Yep, Linda Lam (Community Engagement Coordinator at the Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies) and students in Asian American Fieldwork (ASAM102) taught naturalization preparation and English-as-a-Second Language with adult immigrants, Literacy for All Monterey Park, Monterey Park, CA, September 2012-May 2013.