Sumun (Sumi) Pendakur
Dr. Sumun L. Pendakur is the associate dean for institutional diversity at Harvey Mudd College. In her role, Dean Sumi leads the Office of Institutional Diversity, a multifaceted social justice education center. She and her team are responsible for campus-based cross-cultural educational programming. She also co-directs the Summer Institute, an academic affairs and student affairs collaborative four-week summer immersion program (academic exposure and student development) for targeted admitted students. In addition, she serves as the chief diversity officer, partnering with academic affairs to focus on campus-wide efforts related to access, equity, campus climate and inclusion. In her role, she advises faculty search teams on embedding equity and diversity in all aspects of the search/selection process. She also provides diversity trainings for a variety of units and departments.
Sumi loves dialoguing and working with inquisitive, thoughtful Mudders!
Dean Sumi is a scholar-practitioner, as well as a highly skilled facilitator, social justice educator and presenter. Through her award-winning work in student affairs, she has served as an advocate for Asian Pacific American community issues, in addition to offering leadership development, mentoring and community engagement/empowerment programs. She also engages in cross-cultural program development and institutional advocacy. Sumi has held leadership positions and presented her original research at NASPA, ACPA, NCORE and ASHE. In addition, she is an Asian American and Pacific Islander Research Coalition Fellow. Prior to joining the College’s Office of Dean of Students team in 2012, Sumi spent 7.5 years at at the University of Southern California, where she served as the director for Asian Pacific American student services.
Dean Sumi is a graduate of Northwestern University, with a double major in women’s studies and history and a minor in Spanish. She holds an M.A. in higher education administration from the University of Michigan. She received her doctorate in higher education leadership from the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education.
In 2007, Dean Sumi won the USC LGBT Service Award for Outstanding Dedication and Commitment. In 2010, Sumi won the NASPA Gold Excellence Award in the Multicultural and Inclusion category for the creation of Project ReMiX. In 2011, she won the USC Remarkable Women Award and the USC Rossier School of Education Dissertation of the Year Award. Her dissertation was titled “The Search for Transformative Agents: The Counter-Institutional Positioning of Faculty and Staff at an Elite University.”
In 2014, Sumi was recognized with the Outstanding Mid-Level Professional Award by the NASPA Asian Pacific Islander Knowledge Community.
Sumi’s publications include the following:
Pendakur, S.L. (2014). Going against the grain: Higher education practitioners countering neoliberalism and postracial ideology. In Kumashiro, K. & Ngo, B. (Eds.), Six Lenses for Anti-Oppressive Education (2nd edition). New York: Peter Lang.
Lee-Nichols, M., Pendakur, S.L., & Uy, P. (2014). Complicating the complications: A conversation. In Kumashiro, K. & Ngo, B. (Eds.), Six Lenses for Anti-Oppressive Education (2nd edition). New York: Peter Lang.
Pendakur, S. & Pendakur, V. (2012). Let’s get radical: The theory and praxis of being a practitioner-ally for Asian Pacific Islander American college students. In D.M. Ching & A. Agbayani (Eds.), Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Higher Education: Research and Perspectives on Identity, Leadership, and Success (pp. 31–50). Washington, D.C.: National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.
Angelica Ibarra is the assistant dean for institutional diversity at Harvey Mudd College. In her role, Dean Angelica develops and leads programs for the multifaceted social justice education center, which serve to raise awareness and empowers students, staff and faculty to serve as allies in multiple communities. She is instrumental in coordinating key programs such as Summer Institute, including program development, workshop presentation, recruitment and student-staff development. She co-directs Mudders Mentoring Mudders, which is focused on mentoring to increase student retention and boost students’ overall well being. In addition, Dean Angelica advises student clubs and continuously serves to engage individual students in all levels of development. One of her most recent collaborative projects across the 5-Cs is focused on engaging bystanders and empowering them to intervene and reduce power-based personal violence.
Dean Angelica’s leadership roles include her work with the Claremont Long Beach Math Collaborative, which was aimed at leadership development and improvement of math skills for African American boys. Dean Angelica serves on multiple Claremont Colleges committees, including those focused on key speakers and community engagement opportunities. She provides knowledge in a wide breadth of fields associated with student affairs. Through her various positions in the Harvey Mudd dean of students office since 2006, and during her 12 years at the California Institute of Technology, she has worked on a multitude of projects ranging from Orientation and Sophomore Retreat to National Coming Out Day and Commencement.
Dean Angelica is particularly passionate about working with underrepresented students in STEM.
Angelica holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration and management from the University of Redlands.
Jennifer Rodil joined the dean of students staff in January 2014. As the graduate intern for the Office of Institutional Diversity, she developed and facilitated the office’s first cultural competency and communication program: “Building Bridges: Pathways to Action.” Jennifer also serves as the social media & assessment & evaluation coordinator for the office.
Jennifer is currently pursuing her master’s in higher education at California State University, Fullerton, where she also completed her bachelor’s degree in child and adolescent development & human services. Jennifer has a strong passion and focus on student leadership, social justice education, and assessment. She strongly encourages you all to visit the office to come “kick it” with her as she enjoys the warm company of tough and intelligent Mudders.
The 2014–2015 OID student team members serve as social justice ambassadors for the Harvey Mudd campus! Stop by to say hello and find out what’s happening through OID.
I am currently a junior physics major at Harvey Mudd. I am from Denver, Colorado and enjoy reading, knitting, and dancing when time permits. I love working at the Office of Institutional Diversity because it allows me to make meaningful connections with incredible people. It also constantly helps me think about my worldview and reevaluate how I see myself as a member of a global community.
Eddie Gonzales is a junior engineering major from Azusa, California. He enjoys playing tuba, playing tennis and watching movies. Fun fact: He has traveled and performed across the country three times with Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps.
My name is Jon Ueki, Class of 2017 at Harvey Mudd College. I’m currently a computer science major with a focus on economics. I’m originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, where I like to catch waves at the beach, go on bike adventures with friends and hike to the tops of mountains.
My name is Paul Jolly, and I’m an engineer in the Class of 2016. I went to high school in Bangalore, India, but I live in Wilmington, Delaware. I’ve actually moved back and forth between the two countries, but essentially I’ve had the same house in Delaware throughout. I’m interested in a bunch of things, from learning a new language to learning about an unfamiliar culture, all the way to playing soccer and watching movies!
Jean Sung is a junior computer science major, linguistics concentration and chemistry enthusiast. In her free time, she likes to run with the school’s Hash House Harriers, do a bit of gymnastics and watch Netflix (currently Gilmore Girls).
Kathleen Kohl is a sophomore physics major from Portland, OR. When she’s not working in the OID, Kathleen loves to play her baritone ukulele, cook, and watch copious amounts of Netflix. She also loves cats and avocados on toast.
I’m Izzy Lee, a chemistry major and Asian studies concentration in the Class of 2016. I am originally from Thousand Oaks, CA. Besides working at OID, I also work as a caller for Harvey Mudd Phonathon, am the internal vice president for EPAIC (Exploring Pan-Asian Identity and Culture), and am the vice president of service for the Claremont Colleges Circle K Club. In my free time, I enjoy practicing archery, playing tennis, making costumes, playing video games, and cooking.