Pitzer College Article on the Program (We’re famous!…)

http://pitweb.pitzer.edu/communications/2015/07/pitzer-welcomes-native-american-students-to-pipeline-program/

Pitzer Welcomes Native American Students to Pipeline Program

Claremont, CA (July 12, 2015)—Twenty Native American high school students arrived at Pitzer College today for a two-week residential program that is designed to prepare them for success in higher education—both academically and culturally.

The Pitzer College/WesternU’s Native American Summer Pipeline to College Program, co-sponsored by Western University of Health Sciences and run by Pitzer’s Community Engagement Center, will focus on the humanities and health sciences while helping students build academic skills for college. The Pipeline Program is the only program of its kind with a Native science component, which encompasses traditional approaches in areas such as the environment, marine life and food.

The Pipeline Program goes beyond the standard approach to academics. According to Program Director Scott Scoggins ’10, the Pipeline Program draws on Native American scholars and Elders’ wisdom to contribute cultural knowledge and traditional ways of learning within the academic environment. Two Canadian Elders—Rose Henry (Tla’ A’min Nation (Sliammon Territory)) and Joe Thorne (Cowichan/Nuu-chah-nulth)—are the program Elders-in-Residence, who offer students and mentors alike opportunities to learn from Elders in an informal setting. On July 24, the Elders will also co-lead a rally for Idle No More, a grassroots movement dedicated to building Indigenous sovereignty and protecting the environment.

“To succeed in life, you need to be strong in your culture,” Scoggins said. “We can’t prepare the students properly unless they’re backed up by their culture.” Scoggins himself is of Pipil Nahuat, Pocoman Maya and English ancestry.

The program, now in its seventh year, offers a new component this year called Generation Indigenous (Gen I), a White House initiative in collaboration with the Center for Native American Youth and the Aspen Center. To meet Gen I’s challenge to support college access and youth development, the Pipeline Program youth will create a booklet, “A Survival Guide for Native American Youth by Native American Youth.” The booklet will encourage students to express themselves through writing and tell their own stories. Five mentors, some of them former Pipeline students, will assist.

Other programming includes reflective essay writing drawn from the reading The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie, an earth science class with Elder Kim Marcus (Santa Rosa Cahuilla) and Elder Barbara Marcus (Spokane), building a Tongva kiiy and rabbit loom with Tongva Elder Barbara Drake and an ever-popular media studies course on blogging led by Pitzer Media Studies Professor Gina Lamb. At Western University of Health Sciences, students will learn about the Thrifty Genotype hypothesis, population genetics and different health careers.

Students will also visit Wishtoyo Foundation’s Chumash Village in Malibu for a three-day camping experience in traditional Chumash homes called “aps.” They will study plant identification, marine biology conservation and land stewardship.

Over the years, Scoggins has seen once shy young people who often lack trust in academia transformed through their shared experiences in the program.

“I see strong young people with hope for the future, with confidence in an academic setting and with their culture backing them up to make them even stronger,” Scoggins said.

For more information, please visit:

http://pitweb.pitzer.edu/cec/native-american-engagement/

www.nativeyouth2college.org

www.westernu.edu/ladder-american-indian/about.php

ABOUT PITZER COLLEGE

Pitzer College is a nationally top-ranked undergraduate liberal arts and sciences institution. A member of The Claremont Colleges, Pitzer offers a distinctive approach to a liberal arts education by linking intellectual inquiry with interdisciplinary studies, cultural immersion, social responsibility and community involvement. For more information, please visit www.pitzer.edu.

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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

2014 Pipeline Application Countdown: 3 Days!

2014 Pipeline Applications are due in 3 DAYS (April 11th)!!

You can turn them in by:

Mail: Send to Scott Scoggins, Pitzer College CEC, 1050 North Mills Ave, Claremont, CA 91711

Email: Send as a PDF or JPEG to scott_scoggins@pitzer.edu

Fax: Send C/O Scott Scoggins to 909-607-8758

Please make sure your application is filled out properly, all questions answered, and all essays/recommendation forms/transcripts/etc attached!

If you need an extension on the deadline, please contact Scott Scoggins immediately!

October 19th – College Day at Pomona/Pitzer Part 2

Hello again,

In case the previous post was a bit confusing, I would like to clarify it.The Career Ladder in the morning (8-noon) is at Western University and part of the usual Health Career Ladder Programming that WesternU does. The College Day activities starts at 2pm at Pitzer. We thought it would be easier for Sherman and other students to come out for the whole day instead of a few hours.

Here is the Flyer Detailing the College Day activities at 2pm starting at Pitzer below.

October 19th College Day Flyer

 

 

 

October 19th – College Day at Pitzer/Pomona!

Hello Pipeline Family,

We are having an College Day event at Pitzer/Pomona on Saturday, October 19th. The following email is from Simone, the newest member of the Pipeline team.

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Dear Students and Families,

Greetings from the Pipeline to College program at Pitzer College! First of all, thank you to all the students and families for being part of this program.

Second, I’d like to briefly introduce myself. My name is Simone Prince-Eichner, and I have just joined the Pipeline program as the College Prep Outreach Coordinator for Native students. I am a sophomore at Pomona College. My heritage is Jewish, through my mother, and German, through my father. At Pomona, I am planning to major in either history or international relations, and I am considering a career in law—human rights law, treaty rights law, or environmental law. I really enjoy cooking (and eating) all different kinds of food from around the world, being outside, making art, and cuddling with my cat! I am honored to be part of the Pipeline to College community, and I look forward to meeting all those whose paths cross with the Pipeline program.

On behalf of the Pipeline program, I would like to invite you all to our Pipeline to College “College Day for Native Students” event on Saturday, October 19th, at Pitzer College.  In addition to the College Day at Pitzer College, students are encouraged to attend a morning open house for Native Students at Western University of Health Sciences.

What’s Happening on October 19th:
What: American Indian Health Career Ladder Program
When: Saturday, October 19th
           9:00 am – 12:00 noon (open house)
           12:00-1:00 – (lunch)
Where: Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA
About: The Pomona/American Indian Health Career Ladder is a program at Western University of Health Sciences where the University opens up its doors to Native youth and students in the Pomona school district to foster interest in, and learn about, health science careers. Student participants will learn about   planning careers as physicians, dentists, veterinarians, physical therapists, physician assistants, podiatrists, optometrists, pharmacists, and more. Past examples of workshops include: fingerprinting, Diabetes, blood tests, and the importance of healthy eating.

What: College Day for Native Students
When: Saturday October 19
           2:00 pm – 6:00 pm (workshops and tours)
           6:00 pm-7:00 pm (dinner)
Where: Pitzer College – Founders Room (Inside McConnell Center)
About: After an official Pitzer welcome, Bright Prospect will be leading a workshop and discussion on how to navigate college, support networks, the application process, and how to speak out for yourself. Following Bright Prospect, students will be given a back-to-back tour of both the Pitzer and Pomona campuses. Lastly, Pomona students will lead a Mock Interview workshop, where students can practice their interview skills in small groups with peers and gain tips on how to have a successful interview. Dinner at the Frary Dining Hall will give students a glimpse into the everyday life in college.