Meet the RA Staff!

2016-2017 Resident Assistants (RAs)

Alex Brown

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

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

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.

Bashel Lewis

I am from: Atlanta, GA United States
Academic Major/Minor: Organizational Studies
Outside of class I: Act, shop, and make videos
I am at Pitzer because: of our five core values.

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

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!

Elijah Pantoja

I am from: Claremont, CA , USA
Academic Major/Minor: Political Studies
Outside of class I: Produce music, write scathing critiques of egregious political views, and reach high levels of zombies on Call of Duty.
I am at Pitzer because: I believe in Pitzer’s core values and work to make sure the school reaches closer to those goals than they currently do.

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!

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

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

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

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.

Jessica Saint-Fleur

I am from: Miami, Florida
Academic Major/Minor: Human Biology/Sociology
Outside of class I: I am involved in the Black Student Union and dance in a 5C Hip-Hop team: REVERB! I also love to sing and dance with my friends through the 5C’s and talk about inequality and justice in our society.
I am at Pitzer because: Pitzer offers a unique education and produces some of the best individuals I have ever met who fight for what they believe in.

Kai McDaniel

I am from: Los Angeles
Academic Major/Minor: Environmental Analysis and Creative Writing
Outside of class I: write and paint, hang out with friends, and watch awesome TV.
I am at Pitzer because: it is an environment through where I thrive. There are so many opportunities and great people hear, and so much to learn.

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

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

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.

Nimiye Ogoun

I am from: Atlanta, GA
Academic Major/Minor: Organizational studies and Media Studies
Outside of class I: work on activist projects and blogg
I am at Pitzer because: I believe in standing up for social issues and being apart of a movement

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

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

Ramiro Pinedo Jr.

I am from: Pomona, California
Academic Major/Minor: Environmental Analysis and Portuguese
Outside of class I: Outside of class I like to run, play basketball, go on outings with friends, and play my guitar.
I am at Pitzer because: of its close-knit community, small class sizes, geographical location and devotion to environmental sustainability through a liberal arts spectrum.

Stella Hartmann

I am from: Braunschweig, Germany
Academic Major/Minor: Biology
Outside of class I: like to run, play tennis and dance for CCBDC
I am at Pitzer because: I fell in love with it when I first visited

Stephanie Cekov

I am from: Camarillo, Ca
Academic Major/Minor: Chemistry, Spanish
Outside of class I: Like to quilt and watch Grey’s Anatomy
I am at Pitzer because: I believe in the core values!

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.

Terriyonna Smith

I am from: Atlanta, Georgia
Academic Major/Minor: Africana Studies
Outside of class I: am constantly working to smash the capitalist misogynistic patriarchal society that we dwell in. I enjoy reading and educating myself so that I can do my best to deal with anything around me. My survival in a system that is set up for me to fail is my biggest priority.
I am at Pitzer because: I am able to grow here, and solicit change even when it hurts. I am grateful for the opportunity Pitzer has given me to grow into the advocate I am for myself and for others. I love the environment Pitzer creates that gives their students the freedom to be who they are, unapologetically.