Meet the RA Staff!

2016-2017 Resident Assistants (RAs)

Adi Salwan

I am from: New Delhi
Academic Major/Minor: Mathematics and Economics
Outside of class I: run, read and watch movies.
I am at Pitzer because: of the endless academic opportunities, brilliant professors and the welcoming community!

Alex Brown

Alexander Brown- Whalen

I am from: Boston, MA
Academic Major/Minor: Pre-Med
Outside of class I: Enjoy reading, organizing, and traveling.
I am at Pitzer because: I enjoy the Pitzer community, and I’m able to take many classes outside of my pre-med requirements.

Amina Pugh

Amina Pugh

I am from: Seattle, WA
Academic Major/Minor: Journalism & Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Outside of class I: am involved with BSU, INTERSECT and IGLAS Fellows. I also work at the grove house and appreciate the student community that has been built there and the way in which it serves the 5Cs. I’m also an acoustic guitarist, so I enjoy learning some of my favorite Radiohead songs as well as writing my own music!
I am at Pitzer because: The small campus community is conducive to intimate student-faculty relationships which are not only valuable for future career-oriented work, but some of the faculty are generally really interesting people! The interpersonal relationships that are built at Pitzer with faculty and other students is largely due to how small the community is.

Arman Ahmed

Arman Ahmed

I am from: Bangalore, India.
Academic Major/Minor: Neuroscience
Outside of class I: traveling to new placed and walking around in nature and observing the beauty around us like the trees, flowers, sky, mountains, all of it. I’m consistently trying to sharpen my language skills by speaking in Hindi, Spanish, and the occasional Kannada and German.
I am at Pitzer because: it feels like home, and home to me is a place where I can be comfortable enough to feel unlimited and unhindered. I am here to make my plans manifest, learn about the cultures represented in our community and have fun.

Norris Kayitare

I am from: Kigali, Rwanda
Academic Major/Minor: Mathematical Economics
Outside of class I: Read books, Hang out with friends, play and watch sports and Skype with my family.
I am at Pitzer because: I want to get a well rounded education as well as make long lasting friendships.

Delphine Burns

Delphine Burns

I am from: Santa Cruz, CA (Mostly.)
Academic Major/Minor: Political Studies and Sociology
Outside of class I: go on adventures, eat snacks, play music, try to learn languages, travel, am Editor-in-chief of The Peel, sing in One Night Stanza A Cappella, am President of Smart Sex Society, and read nerdy political articles.
I am at Pitzer because: after going to high school with a lot of really closed-minded and oppressive people, I was ready to encounter people who care about the environment, social justice, and changing the world and systems of oppression for the better. 🙂

Diego Arroyo

Diego Arroyo

I am from: Pasadena, CA
Academic Major/Minor: Psychology and Sociology
Outside of class I: I like to read, travel, hang out with friends, do origami and other crafts, and the list goes on!
I am at Pitzer because: of the people, the location, and the social justice values! All power to the people!

Elliot Joyce

Elliot Joyce

I am from: Arizona
Academic Major/Minor: Theatre
Outside of class I: write, draw, and watch lots of Netflix.
I am at Pitzer because: it’s a fantastic place to learn and is full of amazing people!

Riki Robinson

Erica “Riki” Robinson

I am from: Los Angeles, CA
Academic Major/Minor: Sociology and Asian American Studies
Outside of class I: organize my community and make zines and play neko atsume
I am at Pitzer because: of community activism and shared liberation

Hajar Hammado

Hajar Hammado

I am from: Claremont, CA
Academic Major/Minor: Political Studies
Outside of class I: and involved in Student Senate!
I am at Pitzer because: there’s no place like home!

Harrison Sattley

Harrison Sattley

I am from: San Ramon, California
Academic Major/Minor: Mathematical Economics
Outside of class I: am a senator, a professional binge-watcher, an adventurer and a musician.
I am at Pitzer because: I love Pitzer’s tight-knit community, its social interactions, and its food. I also appreciate how Pitzer students strive to go above and beyond to change the world.

Hiwet Weldeselase

Hiwet Weldeselase

I am from: San Diego, CA
Academic Major/Minor: Creating a major in Public Policy
Outside of class I: love to lay around and listen to music. Its so relaxing and helps me escape into a much more calm space.
I am at Pitzer because: I love its core values and the overall feel of a liberal arts college.

Shiming Xiong

I am from: Beijing,China
Academic Major/Minor: Mathematical Economics
Outside of class I: read a lot and photograph
I am at Pitzer because: it’s a nice place to be

Maddie McCann

I am from: Seattle, Washington
Academic Major/Minor: Media Studies major and Sociocultural Anthropology Minor
Outside of class I: run cross country and track, dance, ski, read, cook, sing, and write. I love to create space to bring my friends together.
I am at Pitzer because: I want to meet and learn from leaders actively challenging structures of privilege so that I can better empower my communities.

Kaile Sauro

Kaile Sauro

I am from: Missoula, MT
Academic Major/Minor: Environmental Analysis
Outside of class I: can be found running around the track or drinking some good coffee.
I am at Pitzer because: of the friendly people and the unique academic environment.

Kristen Park

Kristen Park

I am from: California, Brea, United States
Academic Major/Minor: Psychology and Asian American Studies
Outside of class I: train for marathons, work with Liberty in North Korea, and go backpacking.
I am at Pitzer because: of the students and professors who are truly engaged in community work that is inspiring to learn about.

Michael Carson

Michael Carson

I am from: Moraga, California
Academic Major/Minor: Economics and Accounting
Outside of class I: enjoy going on adventures in the LA area and take photographs, playing tennis, and trying new foods
I am at Pitzer because: the student body has some of the greatest people one would want to surround themselves with. The resources the colleges provide are also very helpful for any student.

Alegria Martinez

I am from: Pomona, CA
Academic Major/Minor: Media studies with a concentration in critical theory and sub focus in film
Outside of class I: do zumba, go to shows, look at memes.
I am at Pitzer because: I love being part of a community that is passionate about serving the outside community (that I call home).

Livi Barton

Olivia “Livi” Barton

I am from: IL, Evanston, USA
Academic Major/Minor: Undecided (media studies?)
Outside of class I: play roller derby volunteer read
I am at Pitzer because: The students feel the drive to make our school and the world better.

Patrick King

Patrick King

I am from: Portland, Oregon
Academic Major/Minor: Media Studies and Political Studies
Outside of class I: I run, cook, work in Admission and teach with ACT.
I am at Pitzer because: I fell in love with the community and spirit of the college.

Sydney Warren

I am from: Denver, Colorado
Academic Major/Minor: International Political Economy
Outside of class I: I enjoy playing strategy games, drinking hot beverages, and singing simultaneously to all other actions.
I am at Pitzer because: when I first came to campus I fell in love with the community environment.

Zoe Hunt

I am from: Santa Rosa, CA
Academic Major/Minor: Considering Sociology or Political Studies with a possible Minor in Spanish
Outside of class I: Play basketball and hang with friends!
I am at Pitzer because: I resonate with the core value of social responsibility. Also, our mascot is a Saghen!

Kia Vue

I am from: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Academic Major/Minor: English Literature and Organizational Studies
Outside of class I: like to try different foods and catch a movie
I am at Pitzer because: it is a place where it is very accepting of everyone’s differences and embraces it.

Rebecca Nathan

I am from: Los Angeles, CA
Academic Major/Minor: Psychology, Gender and Feminist Studies, and Studio Art
Outside of class I: study, participate in APAC as a sponsor, read, and play piano
I am at Pitzer because: my personal values regarding social justice and change coincide with Pitzer’s perfectly. Pitzer is where my home and heart are.

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