As an author of the list of demands presented by the Latinx Student Union, and the list of demands developed by Pitzer’s affinity groups, I know the pain of our marginalized communities. My campaign is not about promises of the future, it’s a reflection of my past that predicts my future success. I have fought hard for all students, and I will continue to do so as President of Pitzer’s Student Senate.
Pantoja Platform 2016 5-Point Plan
● Fund affinity groups on the Pitzer campus through a new outlet that exempts them from applying via the Student Senate. A policy such as line items or permember capitas would be optimal.
● Diversify the institution via commitment to hiring of tenuretrack faculty of marginalized backgrounds, and hiring of staff trained in social justice, and/or from a marginalized background.
● Represent students from disadvantaged backgrounds in the hiring process of faculty and staff.
● Development of a program that would allow disadvantaged students of the incoming class to arrive on campus early in order to assist their transition and expose them to resources on campus.
● Outreach towards firstgeneration students, Jamieson Scholars, and workingclass students.
● Investigate the Campus Safety response policy and history in order to expose and eradicate racial profiling and bias among the Claremont College’s law enforcement.
● Ensure a Diversity Officer is hired, and that the individual is able to understand intersectional identities. The Diversity Officer should be a support system for leaders of affinity groups, and help advocate for these organizations in the administrative sector of Pitzer College.
● Create a training for student leaders that revolves around social justice, specifically addressing racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, classism, and white supremacy.
● Require a mandatory program similar to AlcoholEDU and Safe Haven based on privilege that addresses explicit and implicit racism/sexism/etc, and microaggressions for the incoming class every year.
● Support the implementation of Ethnic Studies as a general requirement for graduation from Pitzer College.
● Construction of a CrossCultural Center in Phase III. Within this center, affinity groups will have individual spaces where they can host meetings, plan programs, and offer disadvantaged students a safe space.
● Provide financial aid workshops for lowincome and other disadvantaged students regarding, but not limited to, FAFSA/CSS Profile, and documents required by the institution.
● Provide financial aid documents in native languages by request of students who come from nonEnglish speaking or bilingual homes.
● Prevent the decrease of financial aid for workingclass students based on outside scholarships.
● Think of ways in which to either revise or eradicate the Judiciary Committee in favor of an outside unbiased professional to address issues the committee would normally address.
● Work with students passionate about environmental issues to ensure the college becomes more ecofriendly.
● Follow up with the administration on the water bottle ban to ensure this it becomes a Pitzer Policy.
● Ensure that the Robert Redford Conservancy is issued financial support from the institution.
● Increase Pitzer’s environmental outreach among the greater community in Claremont, Montclair, Upland, and Pomona to help municipalities become more environmentally friendly.