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2020 Annual Report


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.


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.


Executive Committee





Vice Chair








Student ExComm President


Executive Director

Student Leaders




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



Julie Andre

Camille Bernal

Sydney Corona

Rebecca Gallivan

Ben Herren

Toussaint Pegues

Kathryn Plant

Cullen Quine

Jimmy Ragan

Eitan Rapaport

Jillian Reed

Danny Sawyer

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.

-Rebecca Gallivan


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

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

Sustainable World)


Marshall Credit Recovery Program


Mentors for Life


Pasadena LEARNS


Orientation Service Project with

Union Station


Kids Reading to Succeed


Hathaway Sycamores Family Services


Make-A-Difference Weeks:

Virtual Volunteering

Ongoing Service Programs

  • Union Station

  • Rise Program & Y-Tutor

Explore LA

  • Frozen: The Musical

  • Holiday Magic at Disneyland

  • Lakers vs. Grizzlies

  • Natural History Museum

  • Pasadena Symphony

  • UCLA Gymnastics vs. Utah

  • LA Zoo Lights

Fall Decompression

Social Programs

Orientation Open House

Caltech COVID Cookbook

Outdoor Adventures

Adventure 101

  • Hiking Options in the Greater LA Area

Yosemite Y-Hike Pre-Orientation Trip

Day Trips

  • Beaudry Loop Hike

  • Ice House Canyon Hike

  • Los Liones Hike

  • Mt. Islip Hike

  • Fly Fishing

  • Big Bear Ski Trip


National Park Camping Trips

  • Joshua Tree

  • Red Rocks


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)


World Fest

(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

       Sarah Cohen

  • 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

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Student Awards


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.

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Y Highlights

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

Cheryl Kane

Susan Murakami and Lee Fisher

Phil and Nancy Naecker

Lajos Piko

Rainer Schaaf

Wes Hershey


Matt Cedeno

Michelle Jiang

Ravi and Sandhya Ravichandran*

Doris Shimabukuro*

Richard Beatty

Sunney and Irene Chan

Fred and Susan Clayton

Harry and Shirley Gray

Vansh Kumar

Mike and Paula Stefanko

Mary Wahl and Nick Hutzler

Departments & Groups
Donors - Digital Annual Report 2019-20(2

The Caltech Y would like to thank the following campus groups, foundations, companies, and community groups for their contributions and sponsorships.

Young & Healthy Toiletry Kits
India ki Khoj Cultural Trip 2019
ExComm Students Graduation
India ki Khoj Cultural Trip 2019
Online Rise Program
Friends Webinar with Prof. David Tirrell
Joshua Tree Camping trip
Union Station Homeless Services
Assembling Toiletry Kits
Friends Webinar with Prof. Katie Bouman

Alpine Club

Alumni Association

Associated Students of the California

     Institute of Technology (ASCIT)


Caltech Center for Inclusion and Diversity


Caltech Fund

Caltech International Offices

Caltech Management Association (CMA)

Caltech Women’s Club (CWC)

Center for Teaching, Learning &

      Outreach (CTLO)

Division of Student Affairs

George Housner Fund

Graduate Student Council (GSC)

Moore-Hufstedler Fund

Student Faculty Programs Office


Caltech Employees Federal Credit Union

Enterprise Holdings Foundation

Frank & Elsie Stefanko Fund

La Cañada Eye Care Optometry

PCL Construction


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