2011-2012 Recognitions

We gratefully acknowledge the following organizations for their significant support in making this program possible: http://www.cacampuscompact.org/

Campus Compact and learn & Serve America

This colloquium is co-sponsored by UC Berkeley’s Engaged Scholarship Initiative (BESI), The American Cultures Center, Cal Corps Public Service Center and the Division of Student Affairs with generous support from California Campus Compact and the Corporation for National and Community Service, Learn and Serve America.

Special thanks to:

Tongva Nation   

Julia Bogany, Tongva Elder

Keepers of Indigenous Ways  

Cooper Museum Upland  

Barbara Drake is a member of the Ti’at (canoe) Society of the Gabrielino (Tongva) tribe and has served as secretary of the Tribal Council. She is a member of Mother Earth Clan, a group of Native American woman educators who give cultural presentation on Southern California Indians in schools, museums and other venues throughout the region. She teaches Native California Lifeways at UC Riverside Extension and Native Plants for Food and Medicine at the Idyllwild Arts Summer program. Barbara is a consultant to museums, native centers, and libraries and is involved in setting up cultural exhibitions and living histories that reflect early California Indian lifestyles. Barbara has currently started a community project called “Preserving Our Heritage” involving several Southern California tribes and volunteers who are gathering and preserving native plants for food. These native food products will be housed in a food bank for the elders.

Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Ohlone

Chief Tony Cerda

Ohlone Bear Clan Drummers 

Cal Poly Pomona:

Sandy Kewanhaptew-Dixon (Hopi) Dr. Dixon has been at Cal Poly for the past 6 years in the CEIS College and Ethnic & Women’s studies Department. Dr. Dixon has two masters from Cal State LA: Multilingual-Multicultural Special. Education and Educational Administration and received her doctorate from Fielding Graduate University in Educational Leadership & Change. She has received various awards and scholarships such as Gates Millenium Scholarship, Mentor Teacher of the Year and Diversity Champion Award. This year she received “Favorite Professor” from The Ladies of the Chi Omega Fraternity. Previously she was a teacher supervisor and administrator at LAUSD, LACOE, Sherman Indian High School and Noli Indian School. Her passions in life consisted of her children, culture and teaching.

Dr. Edward Walton – A Diversity Champion Nominee at Cal Poly Pomona • When I was a nine year-old kid in Montgomery Alabama, Martin Luther King held my nose and laid me back into a pool of water in baptism at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church.  As my pastor, I recall, every Sunday, hearing King talk of our responsibility to make the world a better place.  He talked of our responsibility to love, and to help, others.  “God is LOVE,” he said, and LOVE dictates responsibility.  So, I’ve always wanted to be a teacher.  Both my dad and mom were teachers.  Dad was a teacher of history at Alabama State College (an HBCU rival of Tuskegee Institute… 35 miles away), and my mom was an elementary school teacher (5th and 6th grades).  At the Alabama State College Laboratory School where I spent my growing years, the teachers had us all learn the school poem.  “What I Live For” .  The last of it goes…

I live for those who love me
For those who know we true,
For the heaven that smiles above me,
And awaits my spirit too;
For the cause that lacks assistance,
For the wrong that needs resistance,
For the future in the distance,
And for the good that I can do.

I have been a Professor at Cal Poly now for almost twenty years now.  In that time I have been privileged to meet students from many cultures. I hope that I have been able to have a positive impact on them.

Cal Poly Pomona Native Mentors:

Alexandra Nicole Mojado-Jimenez • My name is Alexandra Nicole Mojado-Jimenez and I am an undergraduate at Cal Poly Pomona. I am majoring in Gender, Ethnicity, and Multicultural Studies with a concentration in Native American Studies. I am the daughter of Gregory Mojado and Lori Mojado; the granddaughter of Marcus Mojado, Judith Sixkiller Mojado, Joyce Faller McIntyre and Jack McIntyre. I am mixed, racially and ethnically, with “Native American” and “White”. I am Cupeno, Luiseno, Diegueno, Ute, Pi-Ute, Cherokee, German, Swedish, and Polish. One interesting fact about me is that my daughter and I were born on the same day, exactly 21 years apart.

Rebecca Sinclair-Curtis • Hello my name is Rebecca Sinclair-Curtis; I have just graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Gender, Ethnic, and Multicultural Studies (GEMS) with an emphasis in women’s studies. I am a mix of both European and Native ancestry- German and Irish on my mom’s side and Apache, Spanish, Indigenous and my dad’s side. I am married and have one son, Timothy age 11- we also have 4 dogs, 2 cats, and 2 birds. Being both Native and white has influenced my desire to learn more about all my cultures and help educate society about the need for preservation of Native peoples and culture. Getting my degree has been a long journey and I am very excited to have achieved that goal- I am the first in my family to receive a bachelor’s degree. I plan to take a year off while exploring graduate schools and programs, I would like to continue my involvement with the Native American community.

Western University Of Health Sciences

Kellie Morris, Western University Medical Student

Gerald R. Thrush, PhD

Assistant Dean, Pre-Clinical Education

Interim Assistant Chair, Department of Basic Medical Sciences

Professor of Immunology

College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

Western University of Health Sciences

 Dr. Vicki Wedel  is an anatomist and forensic anthropologist who specializes in the identification of human skeletal remains from prehistoric, historical and crime scene contexts.  Her teaching brings her into contact with hundreds of medical and dental students annually, and Dr. Wedel enjoys watching students connect the dots in the gross anatomy lab.  In her research, she is testing the effectiveness of a forensic technique to determine an unknown’s age and season at death using just one tooth.

Dr. Wedel is of Cherokee and English descent and brings her training as an anthropologist with her in all her endeavors whether mentoring students, working with Native American tribes, working with law enforcement, or parenting her young son London

Pitzer College:

Alan Jones, Dean of Faculty Office

Rob Fossum, Special Programs

Michael Ballagh, International Programs

Pitzer Faculty Participation:

Gina Lamb  is a Los Angeles artist/activist/teacher who has worked collaboratively with inner city youth for the past 20 years to foster their voices/vision through independent media arts production. Local and international projects have dealt with race, gender identity, sexual orientation, class and immigrant issues have been presented internationally in museums, galleries, film festivals and broadcast on television. In addition to production projects, Lamb has curated local and national youth video exhibitions and publications. As an advocate for media literacy in education she served for four years as a founding board member of the National Alliance of Media Educators. Honors include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in New Genres and an “Anonymous Was A Woman” Award and grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, The City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department and the California Art Council.  Current media collaborations include the following organizations: REACH LA, Children’s hospital Los Angeles Transgender Youth Services, Girls and Gangs, Organizacion en California de Lideres Campesinas and The Costanoan Carmel Rumsen Tribe. She has been teaching in the community engagement with the on-going course Media Arts for Social Justice, fostering student led collaborative media projects with local non-profit organizations including Girls and Gangs, Pomona Economic Opportunity Center, Pomona Habla, REACH LA, Children’s Hospital, Lideres Campesinas the Ohlone.

Tom Borrowski • I was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada to Polish immigrant parents who moved to Canada from Europe after World War II. I graduated from River East Collegiate high school (Winnipeg) and went to work in my father’s automotive machine shop/manufacturing business for around 4-5years before attending the University of Winnipeg. I also worked as part-time waiter while working for my father as well as during my years at the University of Winnipeg. After 4 years of intense study, I graduated with a BA(Hon)  in Psychology and Biology. Afterwards, I worked as full time Research Assistant in the laboratory of Dr. Gary Rockman (Department of psychology U of W) whose research focused on medication development and testing for the treatment of alcoholism. It was mostly because of my experience working as a Research Assistant in the area of medication development along with my interest in scientific research that I decided to pursue graduate studies in psychopharmacology. Psychopharmacology is a sub-field of neuroscience that investigates the effects of drugs on the brain and behavior. I was accepted into the laboratory of Dr. Larry Kokkinidis (Department of Psychology, University of Saskatchewan) Dr. Kokkinidis’s lab focused on the neurobiology of addiction with a strong emphasis on behavior. It was during this very exciting and productive time that I was able to publish many scientific papers and eventually receive a M.Sc in experimental Psychology with an emphasis in psychopharmacology and eventually a Ph.D. Follwing my Ph.D. work I was awarded a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada post-doctoral fellowship to conduct research in the laboratory of Dr. Hymie Anisman at the Institute of Neurosciene at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. I chose Dr. Anisman’s lab for my post-doctoral fellowship to learn laboratory techniques in neurochemistry. Later, I was awarded a Medical Research Council of Canada Research Fellowship to work in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Ottawa but decided to decline this award and instead relocate to the U.S. since (at the time) there were better opportunities for people with advanced degrees in the medical sciences. I worked briefly as a Research Associate in the Addiction Pharmacology Unit at the University of Cincinnati Medical School before relocating to Los Angeles. While in LA, I worked as a Research Associate in the laboratory of Dr. Sonsoles de Lacalle in the Department of Biology, Calstate Los Angeles whose research centered on the effects of estrogen on brain repair mechanisms. It was during my time at Calstate LA that I was offered an opportunity to teach undergraduate courses which I thoroughly enjoyed doing. The courses I taught included an Introduction to Physiological Psychology, Introductory Psychology and Brain and Behavior. Finally, in the winter of 2004, I was offered a temporary replacement teaching positon for the Psychology Field Group at Pitzer College which evolved into a full time teaching and administrative position as the 5-C Neuroscience program co-coordinator for the Pitzer-Western University College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific joint BA-DO program. I am also happily married and reside in Rancho Cucamonga.

Adrian Pantoja is an Associate Professor of Political Studies and Chicano Studies at Pitzer College, a member of the Claremont Colleges. Professor Pantoja’s research revolves around the Latino population, immigration, public opinion and vote behavior. His research has appeared in a number referred journals including: Political Research Quarterly, Political Behavior, Social Science Quarterly, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, International Migration and the Journal of Women, Politics and Policy. He has contributed books chapters for several edited volumes. His most recent book chapters include: “Politics y la Iglesia: Attitudes Toward The Role of Religion in Politics Among Latino Catholics”, in Catholics and Politics, The Dynamic Tension Between Faith and Power (2008 Georgetown); “Puerto Rican Exceptionalism? A Comparative Analysis of Puerto Rican Mexican, Salvadoran and Dominican Transnational Civic and Political Ties” in Latino Politics, Identity, Mobilization and Representation (2007 Virginia); and “Descriptive Representation, Political Alienation and Political Trust: The Case of Latinos in Connecticut” Latinos in New England (2006 Temple). He received his Ph.D in political science from the Claremont Graduate University. In his spare time Professor Pantoja enjoys attending car shows and cruising in his 1954 Ford Customline. For this summer program, he will be discussing lowriding and car culture in minority communities.

Albert Wachtel, Ph.D., is a professor at Pitzer College and the Claremont Graduate University. He also taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara and the University of Buffalo, State University of New York. He has two books out, The Cracked Looking Glass and Modernism: Challenges and Perspectives and is now editing a third that will be published next year. His articles and short stories have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Gettysberg Review, The Southern Review, Midstream, Moment and Spectrum among other publications. He is a Fellow of the Creative Arts Institute, University of California, Berkeley and a Danforth Associate. He has had two National Endowment for the Humanities grant and was a National Defense Education Act Fellow for three years. Shakespeare, the Bible and Homer, Greek Tragedy and Modernism are among his favorite courses.

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