Category: Alumni profiles

Axel Alonso stands in front of a mural of Captain America

Axel Alonso: Diversity’s superhero

Cowell ’87, sociology

By Peggy Townsend, March 2017
Jennifer Andaluz speaks to a group of students

Jennifer Andaluz: Providing the stepping stones to college

Oakes ’94, American studies

By Peggy Townsend, March 2017
Portrait of Niketa Calame

Niketa Calame: Acting with purpose

Oakes ’02, theater arts

By Peggy Townsend, March 2017

Alan Lovewell: Fishing for change

Cowell ’05, art

By Peggy Townsend, March 2017

Shakina Nayfack: Creating change

Transgender actress Shakina Nayfack is creating a lot of change these days—not only through her one-woman shows and her theater company, but also through her new role as the transgender Lola in Hulu's hit show Difficult People.

By Peggy Townsend, October 2016
Rafael Lopez

Rafael López: Commitment to community

Rafael López once protected his mother and siblings from an abusive, alcoholic father. Now he heads a $10 billion federal agency that administers the nation's domestic violence prevention programs.

By Peggy Townsend, October 2016
Anil Ananthaswamy

Anil Ananthaswamy: Self-aware

A willingness to explore and ask questions, even when it's uncomfortable, has marked Anil Ananthaswamy as a respected science journalist.

By Peggy Townsend, March 2016

Chris Brown: Street wise and book smart

When the bullet missed Chris Brown's head by millimeters, it set him on a course toward teaching criminal justice and working to end the gang violence on the streets of Los Angeles.

By Peggy Townsend, March 2016