Sami Abujbarah

Sami Abujbarah

Sami Abujbarah

Hello! I'm Sami Abujbarah and a current third-year Molecular Biology major at Pomona College. I'm originally from Phoenix, Arizona, and I'm especially interested in healthcare/education access and equality. This is my first year as a Draper Center coordinator for Engage! and Learning in Collaboration (LINC). As a member of the Pomona Science Scholars, I am passionate about increasing access students from underrepresented minorities to STEM fields. I'm enjoy hiking, exploring LA, and trying out local restaurants.


Richard Ballena

Richard Ballena

Richard Ballena

Hi! My name is Richard and I am a junior majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Chicanx-Latinx Studies. I come from Lancaster, California and identify as first-gen, low-income, and Peruvian. This year I am the coordinator for Health Bridges, an organization that helps patients with limited-english proficiency (LEP) navigate the healthcare setting at Pomona Valley Hospital. In addition to health equity, I am also passionate about educational access for underserved communities. In my free time I love finding new music, playing FIFA, and playing soccer-tennis.


Fernando Barceló

Fernando Barceló

Fernando Barceló

​Hi everyone! My name is Fernando and I was born and raised in beautiful Tucson, Arizona. I am currently a second-year student studying Mathematics (on the Statistics track), but I am also considering minoring in Chicanx/Latinx Studies or Japanese. This is my first year working at the Draper Center and I am excited to be one of the co-coordinators for the LEGS program alongside Journey Simmons. I am incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to grow alongside this nascent mentorship program! I am also involved in the President's Advisory Council on Diversity (PACD) as a student representative, as well as the Japanese Language department as a Liaison. I am very passionate about educational equity and QTPOC rights. Outside of work, I love to dance–right now I am taking African Aesthetics– and embroidering designs onto T-shirts. I am so excited to work with such amazing people and cannot wait to continue working at the Draper and the communities with whom we work!


Asem Berkalieva

Asem Berkalieva

Asem Berkalieva

Hi, I’m Asem! I’m a senior majoring in chemistry and minoring in Russian studies. I’ve been involved with Draper since my first year, when I volunteered for LINC and SF Alternabreak. Since then, I’ve had the pleasure of helping to co-coordinate both programs; this year, I'm a co-coordinator for LINC! I’m passionate about educational access and health equity. In my free time, you can find me watching Jane the Virgin (or any show by Shonda Rhimes), roaming bookstores, or drinking copious amounts of coffee!


Evan Coburn

Evan Coburn

Evan Coburn

Sup, fams. My name is Evan Coburn and I’m a second-year English/Theater (probably lol) major from the good ol’ city of Memphis, Tennessee. What am I going to do with this major combination after I graduate, you ask? Probably panhandle. Anyway, this is my first year working for the Draper Center as one of the San Francisco Alternabreak coordinators, and my second year being involved with the Alternabreak program overall. I also worked as a TA for the PAYS program through Draper this past summer. Outside of Draper, I work for Jumpstart through Pitzer college, am an OBSA mentor, and serve on the Quest Special Events Committee as well. In addition to this, I’m one of the sponsors for Wig 1 Back. All of this basically means I’m doing too much with my life and regularly eat <1 times a day and stay up until at least 2 AM. When I actually find time to be in my room and chill, I enjoy playing my Xbox (but not 2K because 2K is a sin).


D'Maia Curry

D'Maia Curry

D’Maia Curry

Hey Everyone! My name is D’Maia Curry and I hail from Douglasville, Georgia. I am a third year geology major and working towards a dance minor. I became involved with the Draper Center through the Alternabreak program and I participated in the Black Alternabreak trip for two spring breaks. This will be my first year working with the Draper Center and I am super excited to be working as an Alternabreak coordinator. I am also involved with the Pomona College Museum of Art as a curatorial and Art After Hours intern. When not doing work you can find me dancing, playing the harp or looking at minerals in the Geology department.


Marisol Diaz

Marisol Diaz

Marisol Diaz

Hi, I’m Marisol. As a Senior at Pomona, I spend a lot of my time reflecting on my work at Draper and other communities that have shaped who I am. I co-coordinate Homelessness and Hunger Initiatives and Community Researched Based Learning. Outside of school and work, I like to hang out with friends and talk about pop culture. I love board games and signing to every song on the radio. I’m hoping to return back to my hometown Chicago after college working to improve Chicago politics.


Darartu Doto

Darartu Doto

Darartu Doto

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 fourth year pursuing an Economics major. She works closely with the Alternabreak program and Engage 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.


Ezequiel Omar Estrada

Ezequiel Omar Estrada

Ezequiel Omar Estrada

Hello, everyone! I am a sophomore at Pomona, but I have been involved with the Draper Center since I was fifteen as a participant in the PAYS program. During my freshman year, I volunteered with various Draper programs, but this is my first year working as a student coordinator of Next Level with Sara. Outside of Draper, I am also a sponsor and a Pomona Scholars of Math (PSM) mentor. I am hoping to major in math in order to give back to my parents/family after college. You can catch me around campus singing along to TS, doing homework/procrastinating, or practicing my Korean. 안녕하세요!


Anabel Gómez

Anabel Gómez

Anabel Gómez

Hey! My name’s Anabel and I’m a senior Studio Art major from Austin, Texas. I currently co-coordinate Pomona Partners and have volunteered for Next Level, Hunger and Homelessness Initiative, and ESL. I am passionate about working with youth and I hope to pursue a career in art education in K-12 schools or community organizations, preferably places with low-income Latinx populations. In my tiempo libre, I like to Netflix and procrastinate, play Terraria with my buds, and watch Buzzfeed Unsolved Mysteries.


Jacob A. Gómez

Jacob A. Gómez

Jacob A. Gómez

Hi y'all! My name is Jacob A. Gómez (he/him/his or they/them/theirs, a mi no me importa), and I'm a fourth-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 for underrepresented students, culturally conscious pedagogies, and activism through film and video.  When I'm not working on my two theses (feel free to ask me about them!), you can probably catch me sipping an iced almond mocha, meditating on quare/queer of color critique, or napping.


Jordan Grimaldi

Jordan Grimaldi

Jordan Grimaldi

Jordan is a sophomore from Arlington, Virginia majoring in Environmental Analysis with a concentration in Sustainability and the Built Environment. She got involved early on with the Draper Center last year as a participant in The Rooftop Garden Project and Hunger and Homelessness Initiative. This year, she is very excited to also be coordinating one of the Houston Alternabreak trips and Native Initiatives. She is dedicated to learning more about local, national, and global environmental justice issues and the many intersections that can be found within them. Aside from her passion for community engagement, she also really enjoys running and is on the Pomona-Pizter Women’s Cross Country Team. If she’s not working at Draper, running, or studying, Jordan loves to chill in her hammock, go on adventures with her friends, try new places to eat, and watch movies.


Erik Guillen

Erik Guillen

Erik Guillen

Hello everyone!! I am a fourth-year Molecular Biology major and I am originally from Waukegan, IL. This is my second year as a Draper Center Coordinator and this year I am coordinating PAYS and San Diego Alternabreak. I am passionate about increasing access to higher education to youth from marginalized backgrounds and hope to continue onto a career in medicine to increase access to healthcare for underserved communities. Outside of my work with Draper, you can probably find in some Seaver laboratory or procrastinating on deadlines. I love to go on roadtrips, watching superhero shows, and playing soccer/volleyball/sports in general!


Eisen Ipac

Eisen Ipac

Eisen Ipac

Hey, it’s Eisen and I’m a rising junior here at Pomona College majoring in Mathematics. I am passionate about food and naps, as well as having nice (or not so nice) discussions and debates with friends and people in general. I have been involved with PAYS through the Draper Center for the past two summers as an RA and a college advisor, and this year I will be co-coordinating the San Francisco Alternabreak. Some of my hobbies include being at the gym looking for my abs, being more overdressed for an occasion than underdressed, and making bets I know I’ll win.


Godis Jackson

Godis Jackson

Godis Jackson

My name is Godis Jackson. I’m originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and am therefore a firm believer in “living to eat not eating to live”.  I’m here for a good time not a long time. I’m a sophomore and anticipate declaring a double major in Economics and Politics. This past summer (2017) I worked as a 11th grade TA with PAYS and now I am a PAYS coordinator. Other Draper programs that I have been involved with include Pomona Partners and Pomona Employment Partners. Outside of the Draper Center, I am a mentor to first-year students through OBSA and Quest(bridge). When I’m not busy meeting last minute deadlines or working I enjoy lying in bed watching crime dramas.


Katheryn Kornegay

Katheryn Kornegay

Katheryn Kornegay

I'm Katheryn Kornegay, a sophomore from Atlanta, Georgia with a potential major of physics. This is my first year as a DraperCenter coordinator, for both Pomona Partners and Alternabreak, and my second year volunteering with Pomona Partners. Outside of the Center, I am a General Chemistry mentor as well as an Office of Black Student Affairs mentor. Outside of school and work you can find me hanging out with friends, listening to music, watching shows, or attempting to finish a book.


DD Maoz

DD Maoz

DD Maoz

My name is DD (Danielle Dvorah) Maoz, I am a fourth year at Pomona majoring in Media Studies, and an Israeli International student! This is my second year as a Draper Center coordinator and my third year working with Pomona Partners. Outside of Draper I also work for the Hive (Claremont Colleges' Center for Collaborative Creativity), and formerly worked for the Women's Union! Pomona Partners has been a crucial part of my Pomona experience as it demands I be present, intentional and open, and I am so excited to work with fellow coordinators, volunteers, and, most of all, the students, to make this year as meaningful as it can be. I am passionate about education access and reform, working with youth, and using creativity and storytelling as a powerful tool of connection to oneself and one's community.


Sara Murphy

Sara Murphy

Sara Murphy

Sara Murphy is a senior from Culver City, California majoring in Chemistry and minoring in Linguistics. This is her third year working at the Draper Center; she coordinated San Francisco Alternabreak as a sophomore and is currently coordinating the Next Level Program. In addition to working at the DraperCenter, she plays violin in the Pomona College Orchestra and the 5C Irish Music Ensemble, work as a Chemistry mentor, and runs a music education program at the dA Center for the Arts in the city of Pomona. In her spare time, she likes to play lots of fiddle, drink coffee, read, and listen to music.


Amanda Mutai

Amanda Mutai

Amanda Mutai

Amanda Mutai is a Kenyan-American from Silver Spring, Maryland. As a second year at Pomona College, she aspires to double major in History and Media Studies. Amanda is very excited to be a Student Coordinator for Rooftop Garden and is enthusiastic about working with high school students. She has previously volunteered with Pomona Partners and currently works as Elections Commissioner and as a Senate Aide for ASPC. In her spare time, Amanda loves watching movies, especially foreign films, as well as sketching/painting.


Malaika Ogukwe

Malaika Ogukwe

Malaika Ogukwe

Hey everybody! I am Malaika Ogukwe, an American-born Nigerian third-year studying economics. I am from Lowell, Massachusetts and this is my second year as an Alternabreak student coordinator. On campus, I am involved in Jumpstart, Black Student Union, and the Admissions Office. I am passionate about bringing young black men and women into spaces in which they are underrepresented. When I manage to have some free time, I enjoy watching cartoons, dancing, and writing.


Marcus Polk

Marcus Polk

Marcus Polk

Hi - I’m Marcus and I’m a third year at Pomona and a Studio Art major. My passion for art and youth development brought me to work at Draper, where I’m helping to coordinate the Engage and Black Alternabreak programs. I’m passionate about music, family and the visual arts, and I am a proud leo and ambivert...ask me about Frank Ocean, R&B, or hip hop.


Lucero Ramirez

Lucero Ramirez

Lucero Ramirez

Hello! My name is Lucero (Lucy) Ramirez and I'm from Ontario, CA. I am an alum of the PAYS program and have remained involved with Draper ever since. This is my second year working as a student coordinator at the Draper Center, where I coordinate both the PAYS and ESL+ programs. I aspire  to make moves in Mathematics, Pay it forward to my community and make that dolla to support my loving mother.


Sophie Roe

Sophie Roe

Sophie Roe

Hello! I'm a third-year Public Policy Analysis Biology major and am excited to be coordinating Hunger and Homelessness Initiatives (HHI) and LINC for my second year as a Draper coordinator. I strongly believe that Draper Center is the heart of Pomona, and I feel so lucky to be part of this incredible team! In addition to homelessness and educational access, I'm passionate about health equity issues and criminal justice reform. When I'm not at Draper, you can find me mentoring Ochem, or somewhere in Seaver! My favorite hobbies are running, tree-climbing, and going on adventures with friends.


Teofanny Saragi

Teofanny Saragi

Teofanny Saragi

Teofanny (Teo) Saragi (they/them) is a fourth year from Southern California double majoring in Asian American Studies and Public Policy Analysis/Sociology. This is Teo’s third year working for the Draper Center, previously as an ENGAGE! Coordinator and San Francisco Alternabreak Coordinator, and now as a PAYS Coordinator. They are also a PAYS alumna. When they’re not at the Draper Center, you can find them working at the Asian American Resource Center, serving on ASPC, and working with the Prototypes Women’s Center in Pomona, CA. Their other interests include: fluffy dogs, photography, and filmmaking.


Journey Simmons

Journey Simmons

Journey Simmons

Hey hey! I'm Journey and I'm a second year at Pomona majoring in Psychology or Psych PPA. This year I'm co-coordinating the LEGS program as well as Alternabreak. I'm passionate about higher-ed access, health and mental health equity and empowering youth of color, especially black women and femmes. I'm super excited to be taking part in justice work at the 5C's and I can't wait to engage and learn from the communities we work with. Outside of Draper you can catch me hanging with friends, listening to Vince Staples and Solange, arguing about politics and eating all the food. So pumped!


René Valenzuela

René Valenzuela

René Valenzuela

René (he/him/his) is a second year at Pomona interested in majoring in Public Policy Analysis with a concentration in Psychology and a minor in Chicanx Latinx Studies. He calls home Sonora, México and Chicago, Illinois. This is his second semester coordinating IndigeNations and third semester being involved with the Draper Center. He spends his time organizing with other students to serve communities he identifies with and is passionate about education, working with children, and immigrant rights. He is a Posse Scholar and loves to sing, dance, and be around good company.


Soleil Ball Van Zee

Soleil Ball Van Zee

Soleil Ball Van Zee

Hello! My name is Soleil, and I am a third year here at Pomona College. I am a politics Politics and Art History double major, and this is my second year coordinating the Rooftop Garden Project. I am a born and raised New Yorker who actually loves the outdoors! I am also a chair of Pomona's Judiciary Council, a head baker for Challah for Hunger, and a student representative to the Board of Trustees. Some of my passions include environmental, educational, and legal access, and am happiest when I am outside in the sunshine touching some dirt.


Cheryl Yau

Cheryl Yau

Cheryl Yau

Hi everyone, I am Cheryl - a third year student, and returning coordinator with the Draper Center! In my first two years at college, I’ve participated and volunteered with San Diego Alternabreak and Pomona Partners, and co-led the Los Angeles Alternabreak. This year, I am co-coordinating the Community-Based Research and Learning Program (CBRL), and am excited to build mutually beneficial partnerships between academia and the community. I am also a coordinator with Engage! and will be working on multiple projects to increase education access for underserved groups. Other  causes I am interested in include 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 an International Relations major, with a focus on the Political Economy of Development. Besides coordinating with the Draper Center, I am also a liaison with the International Relations program and a teaching assistant with the Economics department.


Justin Hyobin You

Hyobin You

Hyobin You

Hyobin is a senior Computer Science major. Originally from South Korea, he graduated high school 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. Sophomore year, he coordinated the LA Alternabreak Program and K-12 Programs. Last year, he was the coordinator for K-12 Programs where he puts his passion for education equality to use. This year, he is a coordinator for "Engage!" His other passions are health equity and rights of immigrants. He is a member of Mental Health Alliance and Tennis Club, as well a student recruitment coordinator for 5C Splash (an educational program modeled after MIT’s). His afternoons are spent working with Intuitive Surgical, conducting neuroscience research, and developing software. In his spare time, he likes to play cello and guitar.


Heidi Yuan

Heidi Yuan

Heidi Yuan

Hi! I'm Heidi, a fourth-year Molecular Biology major, and this is my third year working as a Draper Center Student Coordinator. I am leading both the CBRL and ESL programs at Draper and am excited to build community with my fellow coordinators, staff, and volunteers in my last year here at Pomona. I am passionate about all issues related to health care, immigrant rights, science/tech, mental health, racial justice, and education. I am also an intern at the AARC, where I help organize events around class consciousness and goof around with kids through the Saturday Tongan Education Program (STEP). The relationships I build through Draper and AARC keep me grounded on a daily basis, and my goal as Student Coordinator this year is to continue to share that experience with those around me. Cheers to an exciting year!


Zoe Zhou

Zoe Zhou

Zoe Zhou

Hi there! My name is Zoe Zhou, I was born in Chengdu, China and grew up in a suburban city near Miami, FL. I am a senior Molecular Biology major and this is my first year as a Draper Center Student Coordinator with the program Health Bridges! As someone who aspires to enter the healthcare field as a physician, I am deeply passionate about healthcare access and ways in which the healthcare system can be improved to meet the needs of low-income, minority, and/or limited-English proficiency patients. My other passions include conducting research on DNA damage repair, literature, and food. In my spare time, I enjoy leisurely reading and watching Food Network shows.