2016 Recommendation Links Now Available

Good Morning Everyone!

It’s already February and just the other day it was January 1st, 2016!

Recommendation Links for both 2016 Mentor and Student Applications are now available.

Mentor Recommendation Link: http://forms.pitzer.edu/cec-mentor-recommendation-form/#gf_36

Student Recommendation Link: http://forms.pitzer.edu/cec-student-recommendation/

You can also find either of these by clicking on the 2016 Applications and then either the Student or Mentor Application tab in the Dropdown menu.

Please remember, you need 2 recommendations from someone who knows you and your work well – a teacher, a mentor, a boss, etc.

It’s never too early to ask for recommendations if you are applying for the program.

2016 Name Change

Hi Everyone!! It is that time of the year again – Applications are ready!

First, we have some exciting news:

The name has changed. We are now Pitzer/WesternU’s Native Youth to College Program.

Hopefully it’s not so much a mouthful to say anymore.🙂


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


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.

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Chumash Village Cultural Learning

CircleHere is a beautiful photo from the roof of the central ap.

day of surfingSurfing lessons, great time. I think we all got sunburnt. I know when I came home my face was noticeably darker in tone. I need to put on sunscreen. Gladly I have not started to peel. ^-^ Good night~


Cherish . . . our moments together @atiger89

perhaps students I meetYou all haven’t arrived yet, but you will be here in two days~! Then we will only have two weeks, time will fly. I hope our time together is memorable and…

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I was unable to finish this post before you all came. These times of course will be memorable.. but what else? Short? Difficult? maybe even exciting. How was I to know it would turn up like this. We are in our second week, tired, becoming close knit, and appreciative of what we learn together.

In some ways this experience is reminding me of my undergrad years, especially freshman year. Everything and everyone is new, its exciting to be in this place, to see new faces and hear about others’ lives. Each and everyone of us carry different stories and yet now in this second week we have created a family. That was fast. With such connection I believe it should be cherished and nourished for as long as possible. My wish is that throughout our lives we will grow closer and rely on one another from time to time. Know that if you need to talk to someone, advice on academia or social life, I will be here. And I’m sure the same is for my counterparts: Amanda, Chuck and Sean. Malibu Group Photo

Jenna hugs. Everyone joins in on the love sharing. ^-^

Jenna hugs. Everyone joins in on the love sharing. ^-^

2013 Pipeline Program 2013

Dear Pipeline Community,
I am honored to introduce to you the 4 mentors who we have chosen for the 2013 Pipeline Program session! Our mentors were chosen from a pool of very-well qualified applicants so they bring many good skills and qualities to the Program. These mentors will be responsible for taking care of your child/children during the Pipeline Program; please feel free to contact them with any concerns/questions you may have before and during the Program.
Anna Tiger (Diné)
Anna Mae Tiger was born in Santa Ana to parents Gloria Jensen and Michael Tiger, both of Native American full-blooded descent. Named after both her parents’ grandmothers, Anna Mae, she grew up enriched with the knowledge of the Dine (Navajo) culture. After losing her father at the young age of four, her mother raised her single handedly, in a small town called Apple Valley, a desert area of Southern California. Certainly watching her mother work hard, and play fair made her the young woman she is today. Proud of her culture, values and traditions she tries to exemplify everything that her grandmother and mother taught her. Taking classes at CSU, Fullerton and meeting fellow students of color helped Anna create a community of support and comfort. As the President of the Inter-Tribal Student Council, Anna created Native American events addressing stereotypes, tribal contemporary views of urban life, forum for discussing Native American identity and roles, and the impact of boarding schools. As well as outreaching to young Native American students in Reservation, Rural and Urban areas, networking with fellow Native Americans organizations at other universities, and displaying the cultural singing and dancing traditions new and old for the CSU Fullerton campus. One of her largest accomplishments is planning two successful Native American cultural events, the Powwow during the spring semesters, as well as the Indigenous Film Festival, in which her organization collaborated with a strong, encouraging and now great group of friends, MeCha de CSUF.
Amanda Leon
Amanda León has just finished her freshman year at Pitzer College in Claremont, Ca where she is a premed student majoring in Human Biology, with a minor in Spanish. Upon entering Pitzer College, Amanda found enjoyment in being an active participant in her school community. She spends her Saturdays at Pitzer tutoring the children of Pitzer’s dining hall staff, works in the Seaver Theater costume shop at Pomona College, and has acted as a host for Pitzer’s Diversity weekends. Amanda was recently selected to serve on the Pitzer Student Senate Diversity Committee and as a Mentor for the Chicano/Latino Student Association for the 2013-2014 school year. Currently, Amanda works as summer intern at UCLA Harbor Medical Center’s Neurology Department researching neurocysticercosis. She also volunteers at Whittier Presbyterian Hospital and works at the La Habra Community Center. Amanda, who is originally from La Habra, California, enjoys swimming, hiking and napping when outdoors. Her favorite hobbies include reading, sewing, and drawing; she loves good coffee and making new friends. Amanda is very excited to participate as a mentor in this year’s Summer Pipeline Program.
Charles Herman
Chuck grew up in Bethel, Alaska. He attended Ayaprun Elitnaurik, a Yup’ik Immersion elemaentary school where, until the third grade, the full school day was taught in Yup’ik and then from third grade to sixth grade, half of the day was in Yup’ik. He grew up fishing during the summers and dog mushing during the winters. He spent last semester studying Kiswahili and politics in Kenya and then the summer as a Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow at Berkeley. He is currently a rising senior at Pomona College majoring in Public Policy Analysis with a focus on Sociology.
Sean Begay (Diné)
I am half Navajo and half Filipino.  My dad is from the Kinlichi’nii (Red House) Clan.  I graduated from the University of California, San Diego with two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Ethnic Studies and Sociology: Science and Medicine this past June 2012.  In 2011, I had the pleasure to conduct archival research on Navajo uranium mining for the Robert McNair Scholar Program and got to present my research at the University of California, Berkeley McNair Research Symposium.  After learning about how uranium mining has affected Navajo health, I gained an interest in healthcare.  Recently, I was accepted into Northern Arizona University’s American Indian Nursing Program where only 10 individuals are chosen for the program each year. As a future nurse (and hopefully Nurse Practitioner), I hope to make an impact on the Navajo people, not only in terms of providing direct healthcare, but educationally as well.
Please help us welcome and congratulate our new 2013 Pipeline Program Mentors!
 Scott Scoggins, Pipeline Director
The Pipeline Team