Introductions

Good Evening Pipeline Familia,

It’s been a while since we’ve been posting on the blog – things have been busy busy.

But we now have our 2015 Pipeline Program cohort and mentors.

In the next few posts, I will be presenting our Mentors – one of them will be your future mentor during the program, so pay attention! :)

Parents, now you can have a better idea of these well-qualified, strong mentors who will be looking after your students!

Elizabeth

Mentor – Miahuatl Kuauhtzin

I would like to introduce Miahuatl Kuauhtzin as a 2015 Pipeline Program mentor!

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 I am a Mexica-Azteca born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, with my two younger siblings. Through the efforts of my parents, I grew up immersed in my culture. Up until the twelfth grade I attended a school founded by my parents, Academia Semillas del Pueblo, which represents a community-based response to the international call for indigenous education. At school I was able to learn my mother tongue Nahuatl, our traditional dances and instruments, and our history and traditions. Despite growing up in a loving and accepting school, I am no stranger to the discrimination and struggles of my People. I have spent much of my time fighting for indigenous and human rights.

My greatest honor continues to be serving as a leader for my community by participating in the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and organizing our traditional ceremonies. I continue to give back to my community often volunteering at Anahuacalmecac International University Preparatory and helping to organize MEChA de UCLA’s Raza Youth Conference. I have traveled to different parts of the world and the United States, like New York, Canada, China, and Mexico. I am currently an undergraduate at UCLA with a major in Chican@ Studies. I am working towards becoming a Veterinarian with a specialization in indigenous traditional medicine for animals.

Mentor – Pedro Garcia

I would like to introduce Pedro Garcia as a 2015 Pipeline Program mentor!

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My name is Pedro Garcia and I was born in Cruz Quemada, Guerrero, Mexico. Although I only lived there for a few years, I take pride in knowing that my first breath, steps, and words were on the lands of my ancestors. Because of the steady increase in violence and drugs in my home state, my parents believed a life away from Mexico would be the best option for raising a child. I received all of my K-12 education in Paso Robles, Ca, and it was there, in Georgia Brown Elementary School, that my love of birds blossomed. I still remember that sunny evening, on the walk back home from another 4th grade-filled day, coming face to face with my first raptor, a Red-tailed Hawk.

            That curiosity I had in raptors, and later birds overall, would eventually lead me to obtain my B.S. degree in Biology: Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal science at CSU, Fresno. Currently, I am finishing my Master in Biology: Urban Ecology, researching the effects that urban noise and socioeconomics have on local bird populations. Through this type of work, I hope to add to the knowledge that is currently known about the effects of urban development to our natural surroundings.

            Apart from Biology, my other passions include working with minority/Native American youth, helping them keep a firm grasp of their culture, and merging that knowledge with biology and conservation. I am an active Aztec dancer and drummer here in Fresno, CA and use both my teachings in Native American culture and knowledge in the field of Biology to reach out to our young and growing leaders. In 2007 I became involved with the Peace and Dignity Journeys, an Indigenous run that lasts 7 months and spans all of North and South America. As an organizer and core runner, I do my best to help bring awareness of our people’s struggles, one mile at a time.

Mentor – Christa McGowan

I would like to introduce Christa McGowan as a 2015 Pipeline Program mentor!

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Hello, My name is Christa McGowan. I am currently a junior at Chaffey College and I am
studying Technical Theatre. I am working towards a Certificate in Technical Theatre and an AA in Theatre Arts. I live in the city Claremont and I come from the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska. For the past 4-ish years I have been a participant in Pitzer College’s Native Pipeline. I have many interests including art (I like drawing, painting, writing, reading, interacting with music, and watching movies/plays), video games (mostly PC/XBox360 games like League of legends, minecraft, Call Of Duty Black Ops, and Amnesia), and I love the outdoors such as hiking and biking. I consider myself to be a traditional, fun-loving, and creative person. I hope we can all get along and create many new connections through our Pipeline Family!

2015 Pipeline Program Reading

This Summer, we will be reading award winning author Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian!

I can personally vouch for this book – it is very funny, easy to read, and includes hilarious sketches to bring Alexie’s story alive.

Parents, as you are aware, your student needs to read the few scanned chapters BEFORE they come. Please help them and make sure they do their reading before coming to the Program! #Don’tfallbehind #summerreading #ShermanAlexie #goodscholar

Mentor – Dominic Moore

I would like to introduce one of our Mentors – Dominic Moore!

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Hello my name is Dominic Moore and I am honored to be selected as a mentor for the 2015 summer! I was born in Los Angeles, raised in the central valley and now I live in northern California where I attend Humboldt State. I was born and raised in California as a citizen of the Chickasaw nation. This August I will begin my senior year at Humboldt State University where I will receive my bachelors in Marine Biology. I plan on continuing my education to reach my master’s degree and become a research scientist. I’m pretty much a sucker for anything ocean related but I’m ok with that. I’m looking forward to meeting new people and sharing this experience with all of you. I am always eager to help in any way that I can so please feel free to come have a conversation with me and share some laughs.

2015 Pitzer College/WesternU’s Natives 2 College Pipeline Program Application!

CHECK IT OUT!!!

The 2015 Pitzer College/WesternU’s Natives 2 College Pipeline Program Student Application will be here tomorrow (technically here already except on the West Coast)!

We have made a lot of new changes, so please take the time to carefully read all the new directions/program changes and GET EXCITED!!!

Highlights of the exciting activities for summer 2015 will come soon. For now, tell your friends and family and urge them to fill out an application.

– The Pipeline Program