Meet the Advocates
My name is Katie Nelson and I use she/her/hers pronouns. I'm currently a junior and am majoring in International and Intercultural Studies. I'm originally from Chicago, and I spend a lot of my time doing work for a health outreach start-up company there. On campus I work at the Grove House, at Claremont Market Shares, and as a Research Assistant in the IIS department. I'm excited to continue my work as an advocate this year as the issues we work to address are very close to my heart. I believe that Pitzer Advocates is a vital resource that should be accessible to all individuals on our campus and can't wait to work on our accessibility as a group, as well as our education outreach and survivor support!
I’m Celine Carlise, I use the pronouns she/her/hers, and I am from Portland, Oregon. I’m a sophomore majoring in organizational studies. Outside of class, you can find me around campus in MIX club, coordinating events for 5C Planned Parenthood, or hanging by the pool. I decided to join Advocates because I want to play a more active role in providing, strong, accessible, and confidential support for survivors. I look forward to my first year being a part of this group!
Hello! My name is Abigail Biddle (she, her, her's) and I am a Sophomore from Katonah, New York. I am a Political Studies and Psychology double major, but in my free time, I enjoy hiking, skiing, and doing anything outside in the sun. I am an avid dog lover and board game enthusiast. I am passionate about advocates because I want to aid in providing students and survivors with safe spaces that allow survivors' stories to be heard. Traumatic experiences are incredibly isolating, but I would like to be a resource for survivors so that they know they are not in this alone.
I’m Maddy Gould (she, her, hers) a junior from Seattle, WA studying sociology and organizational studies. On campus, I'm currently an EmPower Center intern and Writing Center fellow. I’m an avid downhill skier, I love hiking, cooking, dancing, and yoga and I’m an extremely subpar but enthusiastic tennis player. I am super connected to Advocates’ mission and could go on for hours about why I chose to become an advocate, but to sum it up, sexual assault is vastly misunderstood but astoundingly prevalent and I’m excited to be a member of a community working towards providing support to survivors as well as combatting a culture of normalized rape.
My name is Shaun Whitaker, I use the pronouns she/her, and I’m a sophomore at Pitzer majoring in Political Studies! I’m from a tiny town in Connecticut and I love dogs and cats equally, pasta, and a nice hammock. Outside of Advocates, I play for the 5C women’s club soccer team, I volunteer at the Neighborhood Legal Services Self-Help Center in Pomona, and I work at the Shakedown Café. I’m dedicated to Advocates because college can be a lonely place, especially for survivors of any type of trauma. My goal is to not only make the reporting system more navigable for survivors, but to really prove to them that they are not alone
Hi, my name is Shivani Kavuluru, my pronouns are she/her/hers. I am Junior studying Philosophy and Creative Writing/English. Aside from classes, I am part of Pitzer Student Senate, College Community Action Network, Chess Club, First-Gen, LOUD, Tamasha Bollywood Dance Team, Rainbow People and some other excellent groups on campus. I have always wanted to join advocates because I want to be able to support students by being an accessible resource, all while learning more about how to best support my peers in new and creative ways. I hope to focus on continuous, compassionate and intersectional advocacy to try to be as inclusive as possible to every member of our community.
Hi! I'm Nikki Bansal (she/her/hers) and I'm from Rhode Island. I'm a junior majoring in psychology and minoring in gender studies. I also work as a Pitzer Peer Health Educator because I'm very interested in holistic wellness. In my free time, I volunteer at animal shelters and prioritize self-care. I joined advocates because I feel that it is an important resource for all students here on campus. As a queer woman of color, I believe that I can contribute to a stronger culture of diversity and inclusivity for survivors of sexual assault and gender-based violence.
Hello! I'm Katherine (she/hers/her). I'm a junior majoring in economics and minoring in studio art. I'm originally from a small town on the North Coast of Oregon, but I also call Henderson, NV and the Vegas Metro Area home. I like spicy ramen, going to the beach, Tillamook Oregon Strawberry ice cream, and bullet journaling. I originally joined Advocates to act as a resource for my peers while gaining as much knowledge as I could about these complex and crucial topics that Advocates deals with on a regular basis. However, my reasons for staying in Advocates has since evolved, I hope to see Advocates as an inclusive resource for the Pitzer community that continues to focus on peer support, education, and dialogue.
Hi! I’m Mary, I use the pronouns she/her. I’m on the pre-med track and doing a special major in Latin@ Community Health. This is my third year at Pitzer, and while I’m not planning on studying abroad, learning spanish is a passion of mine and I hope to spend as much time as possible traveling in spanish speaking countries. I applied to be an advocate because I think the advocates have a key role to play in combatting rape culture on campus and preventing sexual and gender based violence and assault. It’s my hope that as an advocate I can contribute to furthering that goal.