2020 Annual Report
FRED CLAYTON, BOARD CHAIR
On my first day as a young staff consultant at Price Waterhouse, the global professional services firm now known as PwC, I was at my desk when a mailroom associate dropped by with a delivery. He reached into his cart, handed me an envelope, and with a smile said, “Welcome to the firm!”
Curious, I immediately opened the envelope and discovered my copy of the Los Angeles Office Alumni Directory. Apparently, my new employer referred to former colleagues as “alumni” of the firm unless, of course, they resigned to join a competitor – one of the other “Big 8” accounting firms – in which case, their name was unceremoniously deleted from the directory. All the others though, whether they had left in good standing or were asked to leave, could be found in the directory and would forever be a part of the Price Waterhouse “family”.
The pandemic has highlighted the importance of family and being part of a community. With the sudden shift to remote learning, working from home, and social distancing, the Caltech Y continued to program virtually, including student programs, Friends webinars, and email updates. Although these intentional virtual efforts were not the same as meeting in person, we hoped to maintain these important connections to foster a sense of community.
This annual report focuses on those connections and the Y’s efforts to stay mission driven. As a Friend of the Caltech Y, you are part of the “family” and an important member of our community. Thank you for your support during this challenging year.
LAURA HU, EXCOMM PRESIDENT
It has been a joy and an inspiration to serve as the Caltech Y’s student ExComm president during an unprecedented time. 2020 has been full of unique challenges. Caltech and institutions around the world have transitioned to online models, fundamentally changing the ways in which we learn and engage.
Amidst the challenges, we have seen versatility and new opportunities. During a time that can be isolating, the Caltech Y provided avenues of connection. ExComm and student leadership continued to meet regularly and plan new programming adapted to the virtual environment. Technology brought together alumni and speakers from all over the world, speaking on an array of timely topics interacting with pressing social issues. Students were also motivated to serve their communities, leading to a record-number of participants in the Caltech Y’s tutoring programs. With these programs and others, such as the Science Policy Symposium, the virtual Community Service and Advocacy Fair, and the Adventure 101 series, the Caltech Y continued to build community around our five pillars of leadership, service, adventure, civic engagement, and perspective.
Although my senior year at Caltech has progressed in unexpected ways, I am thankful for the consistent presence of the Caltech Y, linking both in-person and online experiences. For me and so many others, the Caltech Y has been a central part of my experience at Caltech. This is made possible by your support. Thank you for your commitment to students and the Caltech Y. We are grateful for the opportunities to stay connected.
2019-20 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Student ExComm President
We are all working hard to ensure that the Y continues to serve as a resource for students, complementing students’ academic experiences with other opportunities to engage the community."
Sunny Cui BS '20
Student ExComm President '19
Y OUTDOORS COMMITTEE
I have been able to access the outdoors and go to a lot of places I wouldn't have known about or been able to go without the knowledge and support of the Y. Being a part of the community at the Y is among the best choices I have made at Caltech.
Despite the challenges of COVID-19, student leaders coordinated some amazing programs. Thanks to their hard work, the Caltech Y offered an array of options to stay connected, engage with thought-provoking speakers and presenters, and have fun!
Community Service & Advocacy Fair
Friends In Deed Hygiene Product Drive
(co-sponsored with The Interhouse
Young & Healthy Toiletry Kits
Amigos de los Rios Tree Planting
(co-sponsored with Techers for a
Marshall Credit Recovery Program
Mentors for Life
Orientation Service Project with
Kids Reading to Succeed
Hathaway Sycamores Family Services
Ongoing Service Programs
Rise Program & Y-Tutor
Frozen: The Musical
Holiday Magic at Disneyland
Lakers vs. Grizzlies
Natural History Museum
UCLA Gymnastics vs. Utah
LA Zoo Lights
Orientation Open House
Caltech COVID Cookbook
Hiking Options in the Greater LA Area
Yosemite Y-Hike Pre-Orientation Trip
Beaudry Loop Hike
Ice House Canyon Hike
Los Liones Hike
Mt. Islip Hike
Big Bear Ski Trip
National Park Camping Trips
Wilderness First Aid Training
(co-sponsored with the Alpine Club and supported by the Moore Hufstedler-Fund)
Cultural & Educational
India ki Khoj Cultural Trip
(co-sponsored with the Indian Institute of Technology, Ghandinagar & the Caltech Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships Program)
Washington, DC Science Policy Trip
Lunch & Learn
Fraud and Predatory Lending Targeting College Students: Deter, Detect, Defend Against Identity Theft (co-sponsored with CEFCU)
(co-sponsored with International Student Programs)
Italian Pasta Making Zoom Demonstration
Journey to India Zoom Talk
Journey to the Northern Lights Zoom Talk
Virtual International Food Fair & Culture Show
Student Activism Speaker Series (SASS)
Black LA: A Conversation with Dr. Darnell Hunt, Moderated by Dr. Danielle Wiggins
The California Housing Crisis, an Overview: Lunch Talk with Liam Dillon of the LA Times
Electrifying LA's Green New Deal: Webinar with Michael Samulon
Housing, Tenant Justice, and Rent Control: Lunch Talk with the Socialists of Caltech
LA Housing: Lunch Talk with Sean McKenna
Race & Science Policy Webinar: Theories and Tools to Assess Racial Gerrymandering and Racially Polarized Voting with Dr. Matt Barreto
Science Policy & Diplomacy: Lunch Talk with
Dr. William Colglazier
Science Policy Webinar: Theoretical Foundations and Empirical Evaluations of Partisan Fairness in District-Based Democracies with Dr. Jonathan Katz
Student Policy Opportunities in Washington DC: Lunch Talk with Reina Buenconsejo and
The WHO and Global Policy: Webinar with Dorine van der Wal and Oliver Rosenbauer
Voting During the Pandemic: The Benefits and Challenges of Voting in the Time of COVID-19 with Dr. Barry Burden
MLK Commemoration Week
(co-sponsored with the Caltech Center for Inclusion & Diversity)
MLK Service: A Day On, Not Off at
Muir High School
MLK 2020 Keynote: Featuring Alumna
Dr. Schetema Nealy
Patrick Hummel and Harry Gray Travel Award
Rita Aksenfeld, Isabella Camplisson, Elisabeth Gallmeier, Jeff Ma, Iman Wahle, and David Wu
The Patrick Hummel and Harry Gray Travel Fund was established as a joint gift from Carla and Paul Hummel, Patrick Hummel, and Shirley and Harry Gray, Arnold O. Beckman Professor of Chemistry. The fund supports travel opportunities for undergraduate students to promote professional and leadership development and broaden students' perspectives as engaged, responsible citizens of the world.
Lucy Guernsey Service Award
Alexandra (Alex) Phillips and Iman Wahle
Initiated in 1992 by the Caltech Y ExComm in honor of Lucy Guernsey, the Caltech Y’s Executive Director from 1989-1992, in recognition of her leadership, dedication to students, and diligence in furthering the Y’s commitment to volunteerism.
We are GRATEFUL to the hundreds of people who support our mission through the annual campaign and additional contributions. Here, we recognize those who have donated so generously this past year from October 1, 2019, through September 30, 2020. Thank you!
John Andelin and Virginia Geoffrey
Rolf and Gunilla Hastrup
Susan Murakami and Lee Fisher
Phil and Nancy Naecker
Ravi and Sandhya Ravichandran*
Sunney and Irene Chan
Fred and Susan Clayton
Harry and Shirley Gray
Mike and Paula Stefanko
Mary Wahl and Nick Hutzler
The Caltech Y would like to thank the following campus groups, foundations, companies, and community groups for their contributions and sponsorships.
CALTECH DEPARTMENTS &
Associated Students of the California
Institute of Technology (ASCIT)
Caltech Center for Inclusion and Diversity
Caltech International Offices
Caltech Management Association (CMA)
Caltech Women’s Club (CWC)
Center for Teaching, Learning &
Division of Student Affairs
George Housner Fund
Graduate Student Council (GSC)
Student Faculty Programs Office
& COMMUNITY GROUPS
Caltech Employees Federal Credit Union
Enterprise Holdings Foundation
Frank & Elsie Stefanko Fund
La Cañada Eye Care Optometry
Y NOT GIVE?
When you make a gift to the Caltech Y, you may choose how the funds will be used as you consider the options for making your donation. Unrestricted gifts allow the Caltech Y to allocate funds wherever the need is greatest, which means that your gift may be used across the entire spectrum of Caltech Y programs. Directed gifts allow you to choose the Caltech Y area of interest that most suits your intention. All donations are tax deductible.