With many years of Oxy experiences under their belts, our senior fellows are a great resource for you.
Senior fellows are current Oxy seniors who work in the Office of Admission conducting interviews and giving information sessions. Our senior fellows may be among the friendly faces you'll meet on campus. Whether you are visiting campus or have questions from afar, these students are excited to connect with you!
Allen Chen '19
Major: American Studies and Sociology
Minor: East Asian Studies
Hometown: Alhambra, CA
High School: Alhambra High School
Allen is a first-generation college student double majoring in American studies and sociology. Fascinated with the idea of being American—both at home and abroad—he traveled to Hong Kong and Tokyo, further enriching his college experience through cultural exchange, ethnographic research, and international internships. On campus, Allen works as the Outreach Coordinator for the Neighborhood Partnership Program and as a Resident Advisor for Residential Education and Housing Services. He is also an avid member of College Chorus and Dance Production, both of which are all-inclusive of the Oxy community regardless of past experience. Bolstered by Oxy's intensive liberal arts education, Allen is looking to work in community engagement, education, and/or non-profit management after graduation.
Chidire Ezeh '19
Major: Diplomacy and World Affairs
Minor: French Studies
Hometown: Nairobi, Kenya
High School: Westtown School
As a Nigerian-American raised in Nairobi, Kenya, Chidire has been exposed to different cultures from a young age which has informed his decision to study Diplomacy and World Affairs here at Oxy. His academic interests include poverty reduction and exploring the role of data and technology in development. As a junior, Chidire studied abroad in Paris, France where he improved his language skills and learned about the history of French literature and cinema. As a senior, Chidire participated in the Kahane Program where he interned with the United Nations Development Programme in New York City. On campus, Chidire is a member of the Occidental College Swim & Dive Team where he competes in the 100 Breastroke, the 50 and 100 Freestyle events. Prior to becoming a Senior Fellow, Chidire worked in the Admission Office as a communications intern, as an orientation leader for incoming students, and as a lifeguard at Oxy’s Taylor pool. On rare occasions when he is not at the pool, Chidire enjoys hunting for great spots to eat and explore in the greater Los Angeles area, watching films and reading books, his current favorite being Abraham Verghese’s Cutting for Stone.
Claire Krelitz '19
Major: Politics and Sociology
Minor: Interdisciplinary Writing
Hometown: St. Paul, MN
High school: Roseville Area High School
Claire is from St. Paul, Minnesota and is proud of her Midwest roots. She is a double major in Politics and Sociology, and an Interdisciplinary Writing minor. Claire is passionate about studying economic inequality from both a social and political perspective. She is especially interested in the ways that cultural values shape political behavior, particularly surrounding economic issues. This is what she spent her summer researching through Oxy's Undergraduate Research summer program. Claire is very involved in Los Angeles politics surrounding workers' rights, she co-founded an Occidental student group where students provide conversational English workshops at three different community job centers across Los Angeles. She also spent last year interning at a public interest law firm in Los Angeles, where she worked on California's new statewide bill legalizing sidewalk vending. Claire also participates on the Occidental Womxn's Rugby team, is a board member of the Jewish Student Union, and enjoyed welcoming incoming first year students this fall as an Orientation leader. She loves to discover new restaurants across Los Angeles and share recommendations with other foodies!
Eric Malmquist '19
Hometown: Aurora, OH
High School: Twinsburg High School
As a psychology major, Eric has developed a passion for undergraduate research. During his time at the college, he has worked in three different psychology labs including developmental, organizational, and physiological psychology. In addition, this summer he conducted an independent research project in organizational psychology through Occidental's Undergraduate Research Center (URC). This study looked specifically at sexual identity management in the workplace and how this can affect employee outcomes. Outside of undergraduate research, Eric has also served in ASOC student government and is a third-year resident advisor (RA) for Stearns Hall. His involvement in college admissions began in his sophomore year when he started working as a tour guide with the Office of Admissions. In addition, he is an active member of Occidental's admissions team where he volunteers for events such as Fall Open House and Experience Occidental. After graduating from Occidental, Eric plans to get his master's degree in organizational psychology. Outside of academics, Eric likes to explore new places to eat, watch the sunset over Los Angeles, and spend his free time riding roller coasters.
Andy Mezquita '19
Major: Economics and Spanish Studies
Hometown: Mission Hills, CA
High school: Granada Hills Charter High School
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Andy is a local Los Angelino from the San Fernando Valley, which is about 20 miles out of downtown LA. He is an Economics and Spanish Studies double major who also really enjoys playing music. On campus, Andy worked for the Hameetman Career Center for two years assisting with various projects such as an alumni career survey and a student outreach initiative. He has also served as a trip leader for OxyEngage, a pre-orientation program designed to familiarize incoming students with the greater LA community through excursions around the city. In addition, he is a club leader for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship where he helps lead weekly group discussions about faith and helps coordinate club events, such as BBQ's and beach days. He also participated in Dance Production, Oxy's largest club which is devoted to putting together an entirely student-run dance show and is open to all students, even those with no dance experience (much like Andy himself). In the spring of his junior year, Andy studied abroad in Granada, Spain, where he strengthened his Spanish language skills, developed an addiction for tomato toast, and played music with a Spanish rap group. During his free time, he enjoys playing the bass guitar, listening to old school funk and soul, and trying food from different cultures.
Ruo Qiu '19
Minor: Public Health
Hometown: San Luis, AZ
High School: San Luis High School
Born in the Guangdong province of China, Ruo was six years old when she immigrated to the U.S., initially settling down in Colorado before moving to San Luis, Arizona. Her lived experiences as an immigrant and first generation college student led her to realize her desire to work with low-income and underserved communities -- particularly in helping to mend health and education disparities. Since her first year, she has been volunteering within different pockets of L.A. through clubs such as Asian American Tutorial Project and Peer Health Exchange, and she now holds leadership positions in both clubs. She also performs community health and fitness research with Dr. Marcella Raney of the Kinesiology Department and volunteers weekly at a medical center off-campus. Additionally, Ruo has enjoyed being a part of Orientation team and one of Oxy's largest student organizations, Dance Production. In her free time, she loves to shop and eat around L.A. and listen to music while chilling outdoors.
Justin Ratzan-Wank '19
Major: Cognitive Science
Minor: Kinesiology and Neuroscience
Hometown: Agoura Hills, CA
High school: Viewpoint School
Justin is a Cognitive Science major, minoring in both Kinesiology and Neuroscience. Justin lives in Agoura Hills, California and studied abroad in New Zealand at the University of Otago his spring semester of Junior year. At Occidental, he has participated in research with the Clinical Psychology lab led by Professor Elmer Griffin of the Critical Theory and Social Justice department. He also researched plankton populations in the Marine Biology department with the Valeras Research Group. As for extracurriculars, Justin is the president of Hillel, the Jewish organization at Occidental and has been working with the admissions office since sophomore year as a campus tour guide. He is a part of multiple clubs including Challah for Hunger and the Admission team. Justin ran Track and Field freshman year and the beginning sophomore year for Occidental. He has also been a pre-orientation leader for Occidental's Oxy Engage trip exploring Los Angeles with incoming students. In his free time, he loves cooking, exploring Los Angeles, and re-watching the Office. Justin is excited to work with prospective students and welcome them to Occidental!
Pablo Saleta '19
Minor: Education, Sociology, & Gender Women and Sexuality Studies
Hometown: Goleta, CA
High School: Dos Pueblos High School
Pablo is from Goleta, California, but was born in Pamplona, Spain, where he lived for two years before his family moved to California. He is majoring History, with an emphasis in the Americas, and is triple minoring in Sociology, Education, and Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies. His senior research focuses on the Bracero Program, a temporary laborer program between the United States and Mexico, and is using oral histories to highlight the stories of the wives and children of the Braceros - a direct connection that Pablo’s family has. On campus, Pablo is involved with the Student-Labor Alliance as a founding member, the Latinx Student Union, Multi, and has coordinated and co-hosted several events in collaboration with the Diversity and Equity Board. He has been a member of Oxy’s Orientation Team, and this year, he was a member of the Orientation Core. Pablo interned at Central High School, a collaboration school between the Los Angeles Unified School and the United American Indian Involvement, and was able to develop and teach a culturally relevant history lesson and research essay alongside the high school students. Before becoming a Senior Fellow, Pablo was the Diversity Initiative Intern at the Office of Admissions for two years, during which he helped coordinate Oxy’s Multicultural Visit Program. In his free time, you can find his sitting in the sun while talking and joking around with his friends.