About Us

Roberta Espinoza, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology
Interim Associate Dean for Global and Local Programs
Interim Director, Institute for Global/Local Action & Study

Dr. Espinoza is an Associate Professor of Sociology. She received her BA from Pomona College and her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research examines issues of equity, access, and achievement for underrepresented students in the American educational system. She examines the role of social and cultural capital in the educational advancement and success of first-generation students of color in higher education. She has written two books on minority and working-class students’ routes to college, and numerous articles on women of color in doctoral education and Latino undocumented students. She is actively involved in the programming for first-generation students at Pitzer, especially in her capacity as a Faculty-In-Residence. She is also a Co-PI on a National Science Foundation S-STEM Grant called MECHANISM (Mentors Enable, Connect, Help, Advocate, Nurture, Intervene, Sustain, and Motivate) and Faculty Mentor for the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship. Both programs aim to increase the pipeline to graduate education for first-generation and minority students. During her first year at Pitzer, she was involved in the IGLAS Faculty Seminar, and in her second year, she taught a First Year Seminar that was a part of the Global Local Mentorship Program (GLMP) pilot, including attending the spring break trip in Costa Rica. Email: roberta_espinoza@pitzer.edu

Sandy Hamilton, M.A.

Senior Administrator, Institute for Global/Local Action & Study
Associate Director, Office of Fellowships & Scholarships

Ms. Hamilton received her BA from Pitzer College as a First-Gen New Resources student and her M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Claremont Graduate University. She began her career at Pitzer in 1987 working in the Dean of Faculty’s office, where she performed such functions as faculty assistant, managing the instructional budget, compiling the Pitzer catalogue and curriculum, serving as Dean of Faculty rep to the Curriculum Committee and Campus Life Committee, as well as Associate Director of Institutional Research. In 2012, when the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships became a part of the Institute for Global-Local Action and Studies (IGLAS), she became the Associate Director and Senior Administrator for IGLAS. Her avocation is volunteering in the community with her Norwich terriers that are certified as therapy and Reading Education Assistance Dogs. She has spent many hours going to nursing homes, reading at the local library where children come and read to the dogs and de-stressing days for students at local colleges before finals. Email: sandy_hamilton@pitzer.edu

Maite Cortes Garcia ’17

IGLAS First-Gen Intern

Maite grew up in Fortuna, California. While at Pitzer, Maite has served as a Diversity Committee Senator on the Pitzer Student Senate, First-Generation Mentor, Summer Science Immersion Program Mentor, STEM tutor, member of Improving Dreams, Equality, Access, and Success (IDEAS) at the Claremont Colleges, Latinx Student Union, and STEM teacher at local high schools. As a Human Biology major, Maite has become passionate about the intersection of sociology, anthropology, and science and hopes to change inadequate health-care services towards historically marginalized communities by becoming a physician.

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