PITZER GFS MAJOR NOMINATED FOR THE 2014 NAPIER FELLOWSHIPS FOR CREATIVE LEADERSHIP
Romarilyn Ralston (Pitzer 2014) was one of three Pitzer College students nominated for the 2014 Napier Fellowships for Creative Leadership. The Napier Initiative is a partnership between the Claremont Colleges and Pilgrim Place that fosters intergenerational mentorship for students working on projects focused on social justice. Romarilyn proposes to initiate a program called “Good Start” at the Miles Davis Kindergarten Center in East St. Louis, Illinois. She intends for this program to be a catalyst to turning around broken communities and to make the students’ first academic experience a good one by creating a positive atmosphere around learning. Romarilyn worked with this group of students during the summer, and saw the potential a program of this type could have. She intends to involve parents, as well as teachers and community leaders and plans to work with local police agencies so that law enforcement volunteers can become educational actors rather than agents of surveillance.
Romarilyn is a New Resources student and Gender & Feminist Studies major. In February of this year, Romarilyn was selected for the Osher Scholarship, based on her academic achievements, educational goals and demonstrated financial need. Osher Reentry Awardees are undergraduates who have experienced a cumulative gap in their education of five years or more, demonstrate financial need and show academic promise and commitment to obtaining their degree.
DON’T LIKE THE GENDER GAP?
December 11, 2012
Scripps College student Elisabeth Pfeiffer ’15 tells the Huffington Post that women’s colleges might just be the answer.
SCRIPPS STUDENTS INTERN & BLOG FOR MS.
Amy Borsuk (Scripps ‘14) is an English major who was an editorial intern for Ms. in summer 2011, performing fact-checking and working with the editors to brainstorm ideas for the blog. She wrote 13 articles for the blog during the internship and is still a blogger and contributor. Her favorite piece was a feminist critique of Hermione Granger as a social activist in light of the release of the final Harry Potter film.
She writes, “I loved being in a feminist space on a daily basis and getting to contact amazing women everywhere from Kenya to Canada on important issues.”
Amy’s Ms. Blog author page is at: http://msmagazine.com/blog/blog/author/amyborsuk/.
Dana Shaker (Scripps ’14) interned this summer for the Feminist Majority Foundation, working on projects that included registering college-age students to vote and organizing a conference through the Get Out Her Vote (GOHV) Campaign; researching and interviewing Afghan women for a UN Foundation-funded project to increase public awareness of international reproductive health rights; and blogging for Ms.
She writes, “I thoroughly enjoyed working in an environment where strong, intelligent female role models were abundant and completely understand why past Scripps students have raved about this experience!”
Dana’s Ms. Blog author page is at: http://msmagazine.com/blog/blog/author/danashaker
THE WAR ON WOMEN: COLLEGE WOMEN SPEAK OUT
October 24, 2012
Gavin Odabashian (Scripps ‘13), Samantha Abril (CMC ‘13), and Ruth Samson (Pitzer ’14) recently spoke on a Pilgrim Place panel about gender issues of concern to young women and how they address them. The panel, planned by the Pilgrim Place Woman’s Perspective Steering Committee with the help of IWS, was part of the group’s yearlong series on “The Subtle/Unsubtle War on Women.” Main organizer Susan Craig is a feminist theologian and ethicist who served as chaplain at Princeton and USC and has done extensive anti-violence work. Plans are being made for continuing collaborations between Pilgrim Place and IWS; possibilities include mentoring, activist projects, and a co-taught course on feminist activism.