Who We Are (OID)
As the interim associate dean for institutional diversity at Harvey Mudd College, Zack helps the OID team coordinate programs such as Project 196+ (for international students), Project Decode (for first-generation/low income students), Social Justice League (peer-to-peer teaching), lunch-time educational programs (for students, staff, and faculty), Summer Institute, Mudders Mentoring Mudders (M3), coordinate with affinity groups, collaborate with the LLC, and teach Building Bridges courses, in order to create an equitable environment where all can thrive on campus.
Zachary Ritter was associate director of campus diversity and inclusion at the University of Redlands, where he helped manage the women’s, LGBT, and multicultural centers and taught courses in social justice history through music and movies, Jewish history, and qualitative methods. At Redlands, he also helped create the Dudes Understanding Diversity and Ending Stereotypes (DUDES) program, which fosters healthy masculinity. He has also participated in fellowships such as Bend the Arc (a progressive Jewish alliance), New Leaders Council (a young liberal action committee) and New Ground (a Muslim-Jewish cross-cultural fellowship) and has presented at national conferences such as NASPA, ACPA, NAFSA, and NCORE. Additionally, he has taught intergroup dialogue courses on race and socio-economic status at UCLA.
In 2008, Zack received his bachelor’s degree in history, followed by his MEd in student affairs in 2009. Then he received his PhD in higher education from UCLA in 2013. Zack conducted research on Singapore’s education system and completed his dissertation on Chinese, Japanese, and Korean International Students and Their Racial Stereotypes toward Latinx, Black, White, and Asian-American Students.
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Ritter, Z. (2016). Globalization of Racism: Chinese, Japanese, and Korean International Students’ Racial Stereotypes and Experiences with Cross-Racial Interactions. In K. Bista & C. Foster (Eds.), Exploring the Social and Academic Experiences of International Students in Higher Education Institutions (132-155). PA: IGI Global, Inc.
Roth, K., & Ritter, Z. (2015). Diversity and the Need for Cross-Cultural Leadership. In N. D. Erbe & Normore, A. H. (Ed.), Cross-Cultural Collaboration and Leadership in Modern Organizations Hershey, PA: IGI Global, Inc.
Ritter, Z. (2015). Taboo or Tabula Rasa: Cross-Racial/Cultural Dating Preferences amongst Chinese, Japanese, and Korean International Students in an American University. Journal of International Students, 5(4), pp. 405-419.
Ritter, Z., & Roth, K., (2014), Realizing Race: Media Representations and the Uneasy Adjustment of International Students and African American Males on U.S. College Campuses, in N. D. Erbe (Ed.), Approaches to Managing Organizational Diversity and Innovation Hershey. PA: IGI Global, Inc.
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Jonathan Chan, Program Coordinator
Born in Southern California and raised by Singaporean Chinese parents, program coordinator Jonathan Chan is a product of his cultural roots and upbringing in the USA. His first investment in higher education came through a passion for breakdancing for the past 10 years – he discovered the profession of student affairs by hosting dance and arts events at the University of California, Riverside! Eager to pursue a career that provides holistic and co-curricular education for college students, he entered California State University, Fullerton’s M.S. in higher education program not too long after completing his baccalaureate degree. Now that he is finished with his graduate program, Jonathan is excited to be part of the OID team. He joins us with a background working in disability student services, with Asian American and Pacific Islander students, and with students in living-learning communities. He enjoys talking to students about their aspirations for a career and the personal stories that drive them to succeed.
Graduate intern Luis Jacobo joined the team in January 2017. Luis coordinates the first generation/low-income student program, Project Decode, on campus. The goal is to ensure all students who identify as first generation/low-income have the appropriate resources and support to graduate from Harvey Mudd. Luis will also serve as a mentor and the assessment and evaluation coordinator to better meet the needs of students. Luis is currently pursuing his master’s degree in college counseling and student development at Azusa Pacific University. He received his bachelor’s degree at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in gender, ethnic, and multicultural studies and is passionate about building partnerships with students and colleagues to create more inclusive environments for all students to succeed and achieve their full potential.
Cleopatre (Cleo) Thelus
Graduate intern Cleopatre (Cleo) Thelus is a PhD student studying applied social psychology at Claremont Graduate University. She received her bachelor’s degree in her home-state at the University of Florida, where she majored in psychology and minored in anthropology. Cleopatre’s interests include culturally competent research and activism centered on a variety of social justice issues. Currently, she is exploring masculinity and sexual violence and the influence of traumatic experiences on volunteerism. Cleo is excited to work with and build relationships with students, staff, and faculty at Harvey Mudd College. She will be working with student clubs, as well as facilitating a cohort of Building Bridges.
Graduate intern Diana Aguilar will help build new student programs, cross-cultural dialogue opportunities, mentoring opportunities, and assist with program assessment and evaluation. Diana recently switched her blue and gold colors at University of California Los Angeles, where she received her undergraduate degree in psychology, for cardinal and gold colors to attend the University of Southern California and pursue her master’s degree in higher education. Diana is passionate about social justice education, student leadership and identity development. She is very excited about meeting and getting to know you all, so please stop by the office to say hello!
Gerardo Cuevas is currently a graduate intern for the Office of Institutional Diversity. He received his bachelor’s degree (history ’16) from the University of La Verne. While at the University of La Verne, he co-founded the Student Art Council and helped establish the university’s first campus mural.
He is in the second year of his masters in higher education (MSHE) program at California State University, Fullerton. As a new student affairs professional, he seeks to influence and strengthen social justice education initiatives. As a graduate intern and peer mentor supervisor for Renaissance Scholars at Cal Poly Pomona, Gerardo helps empower former foster youth seeking higher education.
The 2017–2018 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.
Callie Glanton ’20 is from Roseville, Minnesota. Interested in mathematical and computational biology, she hopes to advance medical technology through biomedical engineering. She joined the OID team to strengthen her connection with social justice at Mudd and learn every day how to be a better member of society. In her free time she enjoys dancing, exploring the outdoors, creating arts and crafts and biking.
Kira Favakeh ’20 is an engineering major, interested in engineering and biochemistry. Hailing from Evanston, IL, Kira grew up playing soccer and continues to play with the CMS women’s soccer team. While soccer is her favorite activity, she loves playing other sports, going hiking and camping, singing and dancing, and relaxing and watching movies.
Lakshmi Batachari ’18 is a joint major in chemistry and biology. She was born in Texas and has spent time living in Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia. Her interests include yoga, weightlifting, playing the violin, traveling, and watching The Office.