Teofanny Saragi (she/her/hers) is a third-year from Southern California double majoring in Public Policy Analysis/Sociology and Asian American Studies. This is Teofanny’s second year working for the Draper Center, previously as an ENGAGE! Coordinator and now as an Alternabreak Coordinator. She is also a Pomona College Academy for Youth Success (PAYS) alumna. When she's not at the Draper Center, you can find her working at the Asian American Resource Center or building community with the Quest Scholars. Her other interests include: fluffy dogs, film production, music, and food adventures.
Araceli Garcia is a senior from Ferdinand, Indiana majoring in Studio Art. This is her third year as a Draper Center coordinator and her fourth year working with Pomona Partners. Outside of the Center, Araceli is an assistant to Tricia Avant at the Chan Gallery and a head mentor for Questbridge’s Pomona Chapter supporting first-generation & low-income students. She spends most of her time experimenting with her art (drawing and painting mostly), practicing yoga, sleeping and watching Netflix.
Hello! Parev! My name is Ani and I am a senior Politics major at Pomona. I plan to get a Middle Eastern Studies minor too (inshallah) and I love speaking other languages including Armenian, Arabic, Swahili, and Spanish. I am a proud Armenian feminist trying to cause ruckus in the Diaspora. I just returned from an amazing semester abroad in Amman, Jordan, but my Draper work is making me so happy to be back. I coordinate the ESL and Rooftop Garden Programs. As I figure out my post-college life, I am inspired by my favorite TV show character Jane Villanueva to find a balance in my life between my goals, family, and binge watching TV shows. Oh and I am a master of eating and being silly.
Hola! Mi nombre es Marisol. Mar = sea, sol = sun! I’m a junior American Studies and Politics dual major. I’m also a Posse Scholar from Chicago. This is my second year working at the Draper Center and coordinating Community Based Research Learning with the amazing Gilda Ochoa and Maria Tucker. Last year I co-coordinated Alternabreak San Diego with my love Aldair, aka Draper’s Fave Alternabreak Duo. We also went on the trip as participants in 2015 so Alternabreak has a special place in my heart forever. Other issues I’m passionate about are: advancement of women, education accessibility, migrant rights, domestic workers rights, everything to do with social justice. Fun facts about me are I love Rihanna and I aspire to be her everyday, you can catch me singing to the radio at any moment, and if you ever need an inspirational speech I gotchu.
Greetings! My name is Heidi Yuan, and I am a third-year Molecular Biology major, and second-year member of the Draper team. While I am currently abroad for a semester in Madrid, Spain, fumbling around with vosotros verb forms and still adapting to the 10pm dinner time, I am excited to come back to Draper in the spring to coordinate CBRL and ENGAGE. As an aspiring practitioner of medicine, I am passionate about public health, social disparities in access to health care and its repercussions on communities, mental health and its psycho-physiological and sociological correlates, and the bridges that link community solidarity and physical and mental wellbeing. To probe my interests in social justice, I served as an AAMP coordinator last year, and this year I hope to extend my involvement in the Asian American community as an AARC Intern. If I am not poring through scientific readings or doing work for Draper or AARC, you would likely find me running through the few trails that surround the 5C campus, video-chatting with my twin sister or parents, picking C. elegans worms in the lab, or spending time with my friends.
Yerika A. Reyes
I am in my fourth year at Pomona College. I am an Afro-Honduran-American, low-income, first-generation college student from Chicago, majoring in sociology. I am a fellow in the founding cohort of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program at The Claremont Colleges and a Posse Scholar. I am currently the co-head coordinator at the Women’s Union at Pomona College and a student coordinator at the Draper Center for Community Partnerships for the Pomona Academy for Youth Success (PAYS) program. I hope to one day obtain a PhD in Sociology and become a college professor.
Soleil Ball Van Zee
Hello! My name is Soleil, and I am a second year here at Pomona College. I am potential Politics major and Art History minor, and one of my goals for the year is to finally declare a major! This is my first year working at the Draper center, and I am beyond excited to be coordinating for the Rooftop Garden. Other things I like to do is to hang out with my sponsees (I am a Sponsor in Harwood), bake with friends and for Challah for Hunger, and go camping with friends! I am really passionate about environmental and educational access, and am happiest when I am outside in the sunshine.
Malaika Ogukwe is an American-born Nigerian. She is a sophomore from Lowell, MA, interested in pursuing an Economics major and aspires to earn a PhD. She is excited to be a student coordinator for Black Alternabreak. She is also involved in Jumpstart and Pomona’s Black Student Union. She enjoys dancing, parkour, singing off key to Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, and NAO. You can find her watching Power, Empire, The Boondocks, Bob’s Burgers, and Atlanta.
Hi y’all! My name is Jacob A. Gómez (he/him/his), and I’m a third-year at Pomona studying Mathematics and Media Studies. I hail from Baldwin Park/Covina, CA, and I’m co-coordinating PAYS this year, of which I am an alum! A few causes I’m committed to are educational access and alternative/collaborative pedagogies, social justice and identity-based work (as a queer person of color and feminist ally), and any ways I can incorporate film and media into my work. Besides watching quintessential cinema and reading transformative intersectional work, I enjoy watching ridiculous YouTube videos, napping, and video editing on Premiere.
Catherine is a senior at Pomona majoring in Molecular Biology. She is originally from Denver, Colorado. This is her third year as a Draper Center coordinator, working previously on LA Alternabreak and K-12 Campus Programs, and currently coordinating Learning IN Collaboration (LINC). Her other activities include Health Bridges, Crisis Text Line counseling, and research. Some of the causes she is passionate about include educational and health equity, and as an aspiring physician, she hopes to address socioeconomic, cultural, and literacy barriers to healthcare. In her spare time she enjoys doing Pilates, watching TV, trying new food places, and hanging out with friends.
HI! I’m Sophie Roe and am a second year majoring in Public Policy Analysis Biology and possibly minoring in Chemistry. This is my first year working at Draper Center as a coordinator for LINC and the Hunger&Homelessness Initiative. In addition to Draper, I’m a sponsor in WiG1Back, a member of Global Health Awareness Committee, and an OTL co-leader. A few issues I’m passionate about are education access and public/global health disparities. In my spare time, I love hiking/adventuring with friends, traveling, running, doing yoga, and climbing the Marston tree!
Hi! I’m DD (Danielle Dvorah) Maoz! I’m a third year majoring in Media Studies Production, and an international student from Israel-Palestine. This is my first year as a Draper Center coordinator, and my second year working with Pomona Partners. The Draper Center and Pomona Partners have been such important parts of my Pomona experience and I am excited for the coming semester as a coordinator! I also work for the Hive, which is The Claremont Colleges’ Center for Collaborative Creativity, and have spent the first two years of my Pomona experience working for the Women’s Union. I am passionate about education access and reform, working with youth, and community work, and am trying to use my time at Pomona to expand my knowledge and experience so I can return home and apply all that I learn.
My name is Lucero Ramirez, but I also go by Lucy. Home for me is Ontario, CA. I am a second year at Pomona and I plan on majoring in Math. This is my first year working as a Student Coordinator at the Draper Center, coordinating San Francisco Alternabreak. My past involvement with the Draper Center includes working with ESL, participating in the San Diego Alternabreak trip, and being a part of the Pomona College Academy for Youth Success (PAYS), both as a participant and as a staff member. On campus I am a part of the Quest community, and am a Sponsor for L2C and Pomona Scholars of Math mentor. In my free time, I love to eat, play with my dog (or any dog really), hang out with friends, and relax, often by doing my makeup.
Hi my name is Micaiah and this is my second year at Pomona College, where I’m majoring in Neuroscience. My hometown is Stone Mountain, Georgia, but so far I’m enjoying the change in humidity. This year I’m a Los Angeles Alterna Break coordinator at the Draper Center, a mentor for the Office of Black Student Affairs and a Sagehen on the Pomona-Pitzer track team. Last year I worked with the Draper Center as a San Diego Alterna Break participant. In my free time you will most likely find me sleeping, baking cupcakes, or doing crafts with scissors and old clothes.
Aldair is a senior majoring in International Relations and double minoring in Latin American Studies and Spanish. (Pronouns: he, him, his). He is originally from Veracruz, Mexico and calls the suburbs of Chicago and the panhandle of Florida home. This is his second year as a coordinator at the Draper Center, coordinating the San Diego Alternabreak (with Marisol Diaz) and LEGS (Leadership and Engagement with Gender and Sexuality) in the past. This year he is one of the co-coordinators for LEGS. Aldair is interested/invested in LGBTQ+ rights, immigrant rights, womyn’s rights, representation of POC individuals in society, environmental issues, accessibility to education, ending rape culture, and ending U.S. intervention policies in foreign countries. He is involved with ASPC (Associated Students of Pomona College), the Admissions Office, IDEAS (Improving Dreams, Equality, Access, and Success), and PEC (Pomona Events Committee). In his free time Aldair enjoys dancing to some cumbia, salsa, bachata, merengue, and funk; napping; playing tennis; eating food; sipping tea with friends; watching SNL skits; talking about politics.
Hi everyone, I am Cheryl, a sophomore, a first-year coordinator with the Draper Center! I will be coordinating the Alternabreak trip to Los Angeles in Spring 2017. Causes I am interested in include education access, social mobility, poverty alleviation, community organization and transitional justice. I was born and raised in Singapore, and can often be found subduedly scrolling through Instagram photos of food from home. I am still an undeclared major, and am mainly looking at Politics, Political Economy, and Asian Studies. Besides coordinating with the Draper Center, I am also a mentor with the International Student Mentor Program, and a dancer with The Claremont Colleges Ballroom Dance Company.
Hey! My name’s Anabel and I’m a junior and a Studio Art major. I was born and raised in Austin, Texas, the best city in the world. I am currently abroad in Chile trying to practice my Español, but I can’t wait to return to the Draper Center as a coordinator for the Hunger and Homelessness Initiative. I have also participated in Draper’s ESL program, Next Level, and the Theater for Young Audiences class. I am very passionate about working with underserved youth in areas like art and education. In my tiempo libre, I like to Netflix and procrastinate, play videogames with my buds, and make dank art.
Hi - I’m Marcus and I’m a second year at Pomona and an Art major. At Draper, I’m helping to coordinate the Black Alternabreak program, but I’m interested more generally in empowering oppressed communities through intersections of art and community engagement. I’m passionate about photography, fashion, music, and other arts and I’d describe myself as an introverted extrovert - I appreciate time to myself but I definitely care about developing meaningful relationships with the folks around me :) much love.
Darartu Doto was born and raised in Ethiopia, living there for 11 years. She moved to St.Paul, Minnesota at the age of 11. She is a third year pursuing an Economics major. She works closely with the Alternabreak program at Draper Center. Because of Draper Center as well as previous work as an intern at Breakthrough Twin Cities, she has become inspired by the various issues surrounding racial justice, poverty, socioeconomic inequality and educational access. If you ever want a listener, a study buddy, or just chill and listen/dance to Beyonce to remind yourself that you're flawless, don’t hesitate to reach out to her.
Maya is a Senior from San Jose, CA majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE). She is passionate about increasing educational access to low-income communities and has been working with Next Level Program since her first year of college. Some of her favorite things to do outside of Draper include exploring used bookstores (and accumulating more books than she will ever be able to read in one lifetime), playing with her dog (and running her various social media accounts), photography, drinking way too much tea/coffee, hiking, laughing uncontrollably, binge-watching Jane the Virgin and Gilmore Girls, and trying to make everything into an adventure. She is happiest along the Northern California coast, or anywhere else near the ocean.
Hi, I’m Asem! I’m a junior majoring in chemistry and minoring in Russian studies. I am so excited to be a co-coordinator for LINC this year. Last year, I co-coordinated the San Francisco Alternabreak after participating in the trip as a volunteer in my first year. Along with my involvement in the Draper Center, I am also part of the 5C organization, Claremont Colleges Fighting Cancer. I am passionate about access to education, access to health care, womyn’s rights, and immigrants’ rights. In my free time, you can find me catching up on Grey’s Anatomy/Jane the Virgin, eating too much dark chocolate, and spending all of my Flex at the Motley!
Hi y’all! I’m Emily (she/her/hers), a senior majoring in chemistry and environmental analysis, and I co-coordinate the Next Level program. I’ve been working with Draper since my first year at Pomona, where I also spend time working with high school students, participating in IDEAS (Improving Dreams, Equality, Access, and Success), and engaging with environmental initiatives on campus. I love to teach, learn, backpack in the Sierra Nevada mountains, sing, and dance, and I am passionate about educational and environmental justice, and womyn’s and immigrants’ rights.
Hi, I’m Drew! I’m a third-year majoring in Media Studies with concentrations in film/video and gender studies. I currently help coordinate the Pomona Academy for Youth Success (PAYS) and have volunteered for ESL and Coronado Garden Project in the past. I’m passionate about educational access, racial and environmental justice, and reproductive health. When I’m not working at Draper, you can catch me browsing through the Criterion Collection, working with the Multi-Ethnic and Racial Group Exchange (MERGE), or writing screenplays at the Motley!
Jennifer Lopez is a senior International Relations major and Latin American Studies minor from San Francisco, CA. She has been involved with the ESL Tutoring Program since her first year and is excited to coordinate the program one last time with her co-coordinator, co-tutor, and friend Ani. She is passionate about community engagement and has been involved with Next Level, SF Alternabreak, and PAYS. This year she is serving on the ASPC Senate as the Commissioner of Off-Campus Relations to support community engagement at Pomona. Currently, she is working with ASPC to get the Draper Center a new van! She loves to watch documentaries on Netflix, play volleyball, and send funny memes to her friends. Her post-grad goal is to live and work for a year in Latin America.
Justin Hyobin You
Hyobin is a junior Neuroscience and Computer Science double major. Originally from South Korea, he has lived a while in Michigan and now resides in Kentucky. Since the beginning of his college career, he has devoted time to the Draper Center and its missions by volunteering with programs like ESL and K-12. Last year, he coordinated the LA Alternabreak experience and K-12 programs. This year, he is the sole coordinator for K-12 Programs where he puts his passion for education equality to use. His other passions are racial justice and rights of immigrants. He is a member of The Claremont Colleges Club Tennis, as well a student recruitment coordinator for 5C Splash (an educational program modeled after MIT’s). His afternoons are spent as the Health Communications coordinator at a hospital in Glendora or otherwise conducting neuroscience research. In his spare time, he likes to play soccer, practice cello, and make apps