Faculty News


Fazia Aitel
(Modern Languages/ Africana Studies, CMC) was awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor.

Alicia Bonaparte (Sociology/ Africana Studies, Pitzer) presented a paper in San Diego, with a student, at the Pacific Sociological Association meeting: "I'm a Mother Now: Teen Mothers, Sexual Decisionmaking, and Self-Agency," on March 24, 2012. She will be teaching a new course, "Juvenile Delinquency," in the fall.

Eric Hurley (Psychology/ Africana Studies, Pomona) will begin serving as Chair of the Psychology Department at Pomona College as of July 1, 2012. In addition, next year, he will take over as the Faculty Mentor in the Posse Program at Pomona.

Valerie Thomas (English/ Africana Studies, Pomona) was invited to contribute an essay on diasporic vertigo and the aesthetics of Black music titled "The Break" to the new book, Black Cool: One Thousand Streams of Blackness, edited by Rebecca Walker. She also participated in two readings and two panels on Black Cool at EsoWon bookstore in Leimert Park and Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena during Black History Month. And she hosted Rebecca Walker and novelist Rachel M. Harper for a conversation on Black Cool as part of the English Department's Literary Series during Black History Month. Her essay, '"Dust to Cleanse Themselves,' A Survivor's Ethos: Diasporic Disidentifications in Zeitoun" will be published Fall 2012 in a special issue of the journal Biography. Professor Thomas was interviewed about the process of creating a Buddhist sand mandala for Avalokiteshvara at the Land of Enlightenment Buddhist Center in Pomona by the San Jose Mercury News and Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. Her new course, ENG122 "Healing Narratives," will be offered in Fall 2012.

Sheila Walker (Psychology/ Africana Studies, Scripps) presented papers at two conferences: a paper on biracial identity at the Western Psychological Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco (April) and a paper on intersectionality and identity at the "How Class Works" 2012 Conference (June) at SUNY Stonybrook. Professor Walker offered a new course this past semester, "Native American Psychology," and was faculty organizer of the Spring 2012 Scripps Humanities Institute series: '"Continuing Invasion': Resistance, Resilience, and Re-invention among North American Indigenous Peoples."

Nicole Weekes (Neuroscience/ Africana Studies, Scripps) was appointed Associate Dean of Faculty at Pomona College, effective July 1, 2016.

Student News


Leah Donella
(Pomona) is currently studying in Brazil.

Seanna Leath (Pomona) will be the IDAS Student Liaison for the 2012–2013 academic year.

Salif Doubare (Pomona) will join "Teach for America" in Chicago, while working on his teaching certification in history at Dominican University.

Asha Gipson (Pomona) was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to teach in Prague, Czech Republic. After her Fulbright stint, she will begin a doctoral program in psychology at Columbia University.

Savannah Ross (Pitzer) will be working at the Intercollegiate Department of Africana Studies during the summer. Afterwards, she will apply to become a Doctor of Physical Therapy.

Ashleigh Schoecraft (Scripps) will be attending Stanford University's Teacher's Education Program, starting this summer.

Amina Simmons (Pomona) was admitted to the MA Program in Counseling Psychology at the University of Missouri, Columbia. She will be working with Dr. Robin French.

Elisha Whitman (Pitzer) will be teaching for Teach For America at View Park Preparatory Middle School in Los Angeles, CA. She will be teaching Special Education.