Meet the Advocates
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
Hello! My name is Abigail Biddle (she, her, her's) and I am a Senior 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 that they are not in this alone.
Hey! My name is Kathryn Wangthamkua (she, her, her’s)and I am a sophomore from Bainbridge Island, Washington. I am majoring in political studies. On campus, I am a tour guide at the Office of Admissions, and an anthropology research assistant. In addition, I love to dance and have been a part of shows with Pomona’s and Scripps’ dance programs. In my free time I enjoy hiking and being outside! I am passionate about Advocates because I want to help cultivate a community in which survivors are supported and where there is further education about the prevalence of sexual assault. My goal is to maintain an intersectional and inclusive approach to my advocacy.
I’m Maria Hernandez (she/her/hers), a sophomore from Cartagena, Colombia majoring in Political Studies and minoring in French. I joined advocates to learn how to better support survivors and more about survivor-centric and intersectional healing. Outside of class you can find me on trips to LA, spending time with friends and watching movies.
Hi! I’m Lilly (she/her/hers) and I am originally from New York City! I am a senior at Pitzer majoring in Psychology and minoring in Music and this is my first (and sadly last!) year in Advocates. Outside of classes, I am the musical director of the 5C a cappella group Womxn’s Blue and White, the psychology department senior representative, and one of the many lovely workers at the GSC front desk. I love to play ukulele, sing, draw, journal, be outside, and cuddle my roommate’s puppy, Atlas. I joined advocates because I am immensely passionate about both supporting survivors and working to end sexual assault and violence. I hope I, and the other advocates, can offer a safe and comforting space for anyone needing to process trauma. Come through to office hours or reach out personally, I am here to support everyone <3
I'm Kevin Sasaki (he/him/his), and I'm a senior computer science major. I'm from Palos Verdes, California. This is my first year on Advocates, and I am excited to support and learn how I can better support the survivors in my life and in my community. Outside of Advocates, I play club volleyball and video games (mostly Rocket League) and also spend as much time as I can with my friends and family.
Hey! I'm Julia Young (she, her, hers) and I'm a sophomore from Annapolis, Maryland. I'm creating my own major studying public health intersecting with gender and women's studies and queer theory. I love being outside and try to spend my free time in the sun! Apart from advocates I am also a Pitzer Peer Health Educator and hope to empower students to access holistic wellness. I joined advocates because I believe it is a crucial resource on campus and I hope to provide support for the Pitzer community as well as aid in the conversation and education of preventing sexual assault on campus.
Donnie Denome – they/them/theirs. I am a Pitzer senior and a second-year student at Claremont Graduate University in their accelerated Masters of Public Health program. During my time in Claremont, I have worked at The Student Life as an opinions columnist and editor and served on the Pitzer Student Senate on both the Campus Life and Diversity Committees. I am an alum of the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network’s Autism Campus Inclusion program and am on the officer board of the 5C Disability, Illness, and Difference Alliance (DIDA). I have a passion for queer and disability justice and plan to focus on culturally competent healthcare for queer and disabled communities after I graduate. In my spare time, I knit and crochet, play QuizBowl, and work on public health-oriented graphic design projects.
My name is Ada Cohen (she, her, hers) and I am from Birmingham, Alabama. I am a Sophomore at Pitzer and am studying media and political studies. Outside of school and advocates, I love participating in anything related to music and the outdoors. I am excited to be a part of advocates so that I can help foster a community of support and safety. My goal is to effectively aid survivors with ample compassion and resources!
Hi! I'm Sophie LaSala (she, her, hers) and I'm junior from New York City. This is my second year on Advocates. I am majoring in Media Studies. I love spending time with my friends and family, hanging out, and playing cards. I joined advocates because I believe that no one should be alone and the opportunity to help support and inform the Pitzer community is an important opportunity and responsibility.
I’m Olivia Landgraff (she, her, her's) and am from Chicago, Illinois. I am a sophomore and Media Studies major. Outside of class, I work in the Office of Admission as well as am one of the captains of the 5C Roller Derby team. I love skating, watching/going to movies, and playing games with friends. I am so honored to be a part of advocates because I feel that being a part of this survivor-centric group that is actively supporting the community is valuable.
Hey there! I'm Aaron class of 2022. My pronouns are he/him/his or they/them/theirs. I'm from the mountains of Wyoming and enjoy skiing as well as playing tennis when the weather permits. I can also be found playing chess, working out, discussing the news of the day, and debating political issues. My academic interests are broad, including psychology, economics, international relations, politics, public health, and more. I'm a part of advocates because I care about everybody in this community, and I hope to be a support person for those in need.