Chicano Latino Student Affairs
Assistant Dean Xochitl Casillas
Dear Familia,
The year is coming to an end, and for many, the days are flashing before our eyes. With that said, we want to make sure you're maintaining a healthy student-life balance, and are surrounded by a supportive community. For those of you who feel overwhelmed, and need a break from all the studying, we're here for you!
This afternoon, Obsesion, the hip hop duo from Havana, Cuba will be at CLSA! They are are considered to be one of the most notable groups within the hip hop movement in Cuba; don't miss out on this unique experience to watch them perform live (from 4:15-5:15 PM, at CLSA.) We're also hosting this semester's Art After Hours, featuring Yesika Salgado, a Salvadoran poet, who will facilitating a creative writing workshop (from 6:30-8 PM), a book signing session (at 8 PM), and an open mic event (from 8:30-10 PM.) The open mic will take place at Pomona College, Museum of the Art, which will include a live DJ, and refreshments! On Friday, we have Professor Richard T. Rodriguez, from the University of California at Riverside, talk about his experience Navigating Higher Education as a Queer Man of Color.

On Monday, April 15th, we will have our third, and final, Tiny Chican@ Desk concert, featuring Chicana rock legend, Alice Bag, who will perform at CLSA! On Wednesday, April 17th, we will have a conversation with Sara Aguilar, a documentary filmmaker, editor, director, and cultural activist, who was born in El Salvador. She will speak about her work with marginalized groups in education, health, music, art, dance and through media. On Thursday, April 18th, we will be hosting our annual 5C carne asada, from 4-6 PM; spaces are limited, so be sure to RSVP! Lastly, on Friday, April 19th, artist Annette Armas will be leading students in a candle decorating activity -don't miss out on all the fun!
As always, Dean Tony and I want to provide you with a supportive community, where everyone feels welcomed, and experiences a strong sense of belonging. That's what familia all about. With that said, if there is anything you need, please don't hesitate to reach out : you can call us (909) 621-8044, email us (;, or stop by the center, our doors are always open.
We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events, and wish you all well, as you finish up the semester with great ease and balance!
Best regards,

CLSA Alternabreak
Stephanie Camey Matzar, PZ '21

In fall 2018, I made the decision to serve as the coordinator for CLSA's Alternabreak. This year, we decided to spend our spring break providing service to disenfranchised populations in San Diego, CA. Little did I know, that in taking on this leadership role, my life would change for the better.
Every Sunday, leading up to Spring Break, this committed group of 13 participants (representing Pitzer, Pomona, and Scripps College) met to prepare a week-long, community service learning experience, which was in partnership with Pomona College's Draper Center. During these meetings, we planned out service projects that focused on issues of homelessness, hunger, and immigration.

Graduate Student Spotlight:
Viridiana Murillo, KGI '22

I was taught the value of having a strong work ethic, the power of education, and to seek opportunities. I am the proud daughter of two amazing parents from Guadalajara and Michoacan, Mexico. I am the eldest of four, and the first in my family (immediate and extended) to have graduated with my B.S in science, and pursue graduate studies.
As a first-year graduate student, enrolled in Keck Graduate Institute's (KGI) Masters of Science in Human Genetics and Genomic Data Analytics (MSGDA) program, I am part of a cohort that seeks to stretch the boundaries in this field by exploring new genomic technologies and analysis tools.
Thus far, my first year as a graduate student has been exciting, rewarding, and at the same time intense. As part of my curriculum, I have learned some of the basics of coding, via an introduction to computer programming, in both python and R. I am also expanding my knowledge and tool set pertaining to human genomics through my genomics class and lab. We are exploring major databases and analysis tools commonly used in the field of genomics, such as Genome browser and ClinVar, among many others. I am also taking courses pertaining to medical genetics, ethics, and biochemical genetics to name a few.
April Events
A Workshop with Cuban Hip Hop Duo: OBSESION
Thursday, April 11th 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM at CLSA
  • Open to 5C students with valid photo ID
  • Please note, the conversation will be in Spanish
  • Refreshments will be served
Art After Hours with Poet Yesika Salgado
Thursday, April 11th, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM, at CLSA
  • Join us for a creative writing workshop
  • Please RSVP here
Thursday, April 11th, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM, at the Pomona College Museum of Art
  • 8PM book signing
  • 8:30PM Open Mic, with live DJ and refreshments (Pomona College, Museum of Art)
  • The book signing and open mic is OPEN TO ALL, no RSVP required
Navigating Higher Education as a Queer Man of Color with
Dr. Richard T. Rodriguez
Friday, April 12th 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM at CLSA
  • More information here
Conversation with Documentary Film Maker: Sara Aguilar
Wednesday, April 17, 12:30 - 1:30 PM at CLSA
CLSA Carne Asada
Thursday April 18th, 4PM - 6PM at HMC (near the oak tree, by the President's house)
  • Join your CLSA familia, at our annual Spring carne asada (and yes, we will have vegans options!)
  • Space is limited, please RSVP here
Candle Decorating Project with artist Annette Armas
Friday, April 19th, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Spaces are limited (30 students only)
  • RSVP here
Chican@ Desk Concert with Chicana Punk Rock Legend Alice Bag
Monday, April 22nd, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
  • This is an open event, all are welcomed; no RSVP required
CGU and KGI: 7th Annual Graduate Student of Color Dinner
Wednesday, April 24th, 6-8 PM
  • Featured Speaker: Dr. Nicole Weekes, Associate Dean of the College and Professor of Neuroscience, Pomona College
  • Location: Walter's Restaurant (310 Yale Ave., Claremont, CA.)
  • RSVP is required; you MUST email or call (909) 621-8355 by April 16th!
Latinx Graduate Student Union Presents:

Armando Ibañez, creator of the Youtube series
Undocumented Tales

Friday, April 12th @ 6PM
QRC, Pomona College
Chicanx/Latinx Shabbat:

Join the Chicanx/Latinx and Jewish communities to celebrate Shabbat (the Jewish weekly day of rest when we come together as a community)

Friday, April 13th
McAlister Center

Discover Apple:
We're looking for people like you.

Finance Panel
Network Event.

Tuesday, April 17th
7 PM
Founders- Bauer Center North, CMC
Latinx Graduate Student Union Presents:

Locatora Radio, a conversation with the Podcasteras Peligrosas

Wednesday, April 17th @ 7PM
QRC, Pomona College

CLSA Alumni Reception
Friday, May 3rd

Join us for an afternoon of great food and even better company!

Summer Opportunities
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - College and University Housing Intern
Application Deadline:  April 15, 2019
Position:  During this summer 2019 assignment for graduate students, Housing Interns will co-supervise a student staff alongside the Assistant Dean and will develop wellness programming for summer residential students.
  • To apply for this program click Here
Funding and Program Opportunities
Princeton Prospective PhD Preview (P3)
The Princeton Prospective PhD Preview (P3) is an amazing program that will bring students from historically underrepresented groups (HUGS) to Princeton’s campus to learn about graduate education. The Graduate School’s Access, Diversity and Inclusion team will provide all travel, lodging and meals.
  • Application opens on April 1st.
  • The application can be found here
  • The program will be held October 3-4, 2019.
Byron Hanke Fellowship

The Foundation for Community Association Research (FCAR) awards its Byron Hanke Fellowship to selected graduate students to implement research projects related to the development, management and governance of common interest communities and their community associations. 
  • Award: $2,000-$5,000
  • Deadline: May 1, 2019
  • Requirements: Must be a graduate student at an accredited higher education institution in the United States or Canada. Must be doing research relating to community associations or common interest communities. 
  • To apply click: here
Harvard Immigration Research Fellows Program

The Harvard Immigration Initiative is now accepting applications for a one-year immigration research fellowship program. The Immigration Fellows Program is designed for advanced-level graduate students in the social sciences and humanities who are writing immigration related dissertations
  • Award: $26,000
  • Deadline: May 15, 2019
  • Instructions/Requirements: Interested applicants should send the following to professor Roberto Gonzales ( A cover letter detailing interest in the program; a research statement (1,000-1,200 words); a curriculum vitae; a faculty letter of recommendation
Pedro Zamora Scholarship

Dedicated to continuing the legacy of AIDS educator and activist Pedro Zamora, the Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship seeks to support the academic efforts of emerging young leaders who share Pedro’s passionate commitment to ending the HIV/AIDS pandemic. 
  • Award: Varies by scholarship
  • Deadline: May 31, 2019
  • Requirements: Must have a minimum 2.5 GPA. Open to high school seniors and students at any accredited 2 or 4 year undergraduate program. Must have proven leadership skills, community involvement, personal merit and the desire to make a difference in the fight against HIV/AIDS. 
  • To apply click here
Job Opportunities
Operations Coordinator for Yleana Leadership Academy
  • Position Description: The Yleana Leadership Academy is interested in recruiting an Operations Coordinator for our educational non-profit based in New York City. Major areas of responsibility include driving revenue to our for-profit arm through sales and marketing of an extant product, overseeing budgeting and finance as well as spearheading programs and general operations duties.
  • Send your resume and cover letter to In your cover letter, please tell us where you heard about the opportunity, why you feel connected to our population, and why you want to work for Yleana.
  • Please be prepared to take a diagnostic test, composed of pieces of the SAT, as part of the hiring process
  • Questions? Email
  • Click here for more information
  • Priority Application Deadline: April 15, 2019

Research Associate I for Scripps College
  • Position Description: The Research Associate I will help support the Office of Assessment and Institutional Research with assessment and evaluation that contributes to evidence-based data collection and analysis that fosters institutional effectiveness.
  • Full time position
  • Click here for more information