Category Archives: Honors

Congratulations to LRT member Melanie Andreo – 2020 Pitzer Student Leadership Award

Congratulations to Melanie Andreo for receiving a Pitzer College Student Leadership Award. Melanie Andreo, now a second-year student at Pitzer College, first got involved with the Latino and Latina Roundtable during her first year at Garey High School and has been organizing ever since.  In addition to helping organize the annual Cesar Chavez Pilgrimage march and festival, Melanie has helped in clean-up projects at Pomona’s Cesar Chavez Park.  At Pitzer College, she has been an exemplary leader in connecting her studies and learning to community engagement by being part of the Rural and Urban Social Movements class and helping to  organize an annual Alternative Spring Break where students carry out service-learning projects with the United Farmworkers Union in the San Joaquin Valley. Melanie has served as an intern with the Latino and Latina Roundtable and the College for all Coalition in helping to advance college readiness plans and in traveling to Sacramento and testifying in support of educational legislative bills for low-income, foster youth, and English learners.

Jose Zapata Calderon
President of the Latino and Latina Roundtable
Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Chicano/a and Latino/a Studies
1050 North Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711-6101
(909) 952-1640

Invitation to Honoring of Angela Sanbrano with 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award this Saturday

To Latino and Latina Roundtable Members and Friends: Please join us at a public gathering in support of Angela Sanbrano as she is honored with the Pitzer College 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award at 5:15 PM at Benson Auditorium on the Pitzer Campus (1050 N. Mills Ave.) in Claremont

Angela Sanbrano ’75: 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award Honoree

Pitzer’s Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes a graduate who boldly puts the spirit of a Pitzer education into action and demonstrates a commitment to making meaningful changes in their community.

Angela Sanbrano ’75, 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award Honoree

Angela Sanbrano is an acclaimed activist and community organizer who has led some of the nation’s most prominent immigrant- and refugee-rights groups, including the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) and the Central American Resource Center-LA (CARECEN). Sanbrano now serves as co-executive director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network.

“Pitzer’s Alumni Board selected Angela for her unwavering support of the Latinx community throughout her career and for advancing immigrant rights while leading the next generation of social justice trailblazers,” Campos said.

Born in Juarez, Mexico, and raised in El Paso, TX, Sanbrano majored in psychology at Pitzer. She began community organizing in the ’70s, advocating bilingual education and housing rights in Los Angeles. In 1983, Sanbrano earned a law degree at the Peoples College of Law in LA, where she met Salvadoran refugees fleeing their country’s civil war. Two years later, she became executive director of CISPES, a national grassroots organization that supports social and economic justice in El Salvador and opposes US intervention in the Central American country. She served as an official witness of the signing of the Chapultepec Peace Accords in Mexico City, which ended the 12-year civil war in El Salvador in 1992.

Sanbrano took the helm of CARECEN, the largest Central American immigrant rights organization in the US, in the mid-1990s, leading the organization as its executive director until 2007. During that time, she helped organize the massive 2006 immigrant rights march in LA that drew more than one million people to the streets, according to organizers’ estimates.

In addition to her work with CISPES and CARECEN, Sanbrano was president of the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities, now called Alianza Americas, when it won a 2010 MacArthur “Genius” Award for Creative & Effective Institutions. Last fall, Sanbrano witnessed the canonization of the late Archbishop Oscar Romero at the Vatican in Rome, where she spoke to Pope Francis about the plight of Salvadorans and children who are facing deportation from the US.

She is also the co-chair of the Latino and Latina Roundtable of the Pomona and San Gabriel Valley and chair of CARECEN’s Board of Directors. Now president emerita of Alianza Americas, Sanbrano has also sat on the boards of many other organizations, including the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, National Council of La Raza, now called UNIDOSUS, and the National Immigration Forum.

Reflecting on her many accomplishments, Sanbrano calls her Pitzer education “a turning point in my life.”

“As a first-generation immigrant and the first member of my family to go to college, it was important to find a supportive educational environment,” Sanbrano said. “I found that and more at Pitzer. The educational environment, interdisciplinary academic program, community engagement approach and a culturally diverse student body broadened my understanding of my own identity and deepened my commitment to building a more just and humane world with racial and economic equity.”


Jose Zapata Calderon
President of the Latino and Latina Roundtable
Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Chicano/a and Latino/a Studies
1050 North Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711-6101
(909) 952-1640

Honoring academic student success and community building

Nopal Award Recipient
Dr. Jose Zapata Calderon,
Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Chicano Studies, Pomona Pitzer

Tuna de Nopal recipient
Roxanne Mendez, ‘04
Executive Director, The Riordan Programs
UCLA Anderson School of Management

Thursday, April 11, 2013
Kellogg West Conference Room, 6:00 P.M.
Cal Poly Pomona
RSVP by April 8th by calling (909) 869-2963 or
Visit or
Email — with Roxanne Mendez and Jose Z. Calderon.

Hilda Solis Scholarship Dinner Reception