Sumun (Sumi) Pendakur
Dr. Sumun L. Pendakur is the Associate Dean for Institutional Diversity at Harvey Mudd College. In her role, Dean Sumi leads the Office of Institutional Diversity, a multifaceted social justice education center. She and her team are responsible for campus-based cross-cultural educational programming. She also co-directs the Summer Institute, an academic affairs and student affairs collaborative four-week summer immersion program (academic exposure and student development) for targeted admitted students. In addition, she serves as the Chief Diversity Officer, partnering with Academic Affairs to focus on campus-wide efforts related to access, equity, campus climate, and inclusion. In her role, she advises faculty search teams on embedding equity and diversity in all aspects of the search / selection process. She also provides diversity trainings for a variety of units and departments.
Sumi loves dialoguing and working with inquisitive, thoughtful Mudders!
Dean Sumi is a scholar-practitioner, as well as a highly skilled facilitator, social justice educator, and presenter. Through her award-winning work in student affairs, she has served as an advocate for Asian Pacific American community issues, in addition to offering leadership development, mentoring, and community engagement/empowerment programs. She also engages in cross-cultural program development and institutional advocacy. Sumi has held leadership positions and presented her original research at NASPA, ACPA, NCORE, and ASHE. In addition, she is an Asian American and Pacific Islander Research Coalition Fellow. Prior to joining the HMC DOS team in 2012, Sumi spent 7.5 years at at the University of Southern California, where she served as the Director for Asian Pacific American Student Services.
Dean Sumi is a graduate of Northwestern University, with a double major in Women’s Studies and History and a Minor in Spanish. She holds an M.A. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Michigan. She received her doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education.
In 2007, Dean Sumi won the USC LGBT Service Award for Outstanding Dedication and Commitment. In 2010, Sumi won the NASPA Gold Excellence Award in the Multicultural and Inclusion category for the creation of Project ReMiX. In 2011, she won the USC Remarkable Women Award and the USC Rossier School of Education Dissertation of the Year Award. Her dissertation was entitled, “The Search for Transformative Agents: The Counter-Institutional Positioning of Faculty and Staff at an Elite University.”
Sumi’s publications include the following:
Pendakur, S.L. (2014). Going against the grain: Higher education practitioners countering neoliberalism and postracial ideology. In Kumashiro, K. & Ngo, B. (Eds.), Six Lenses for Anti-Oppressive Education (2nd edition). New York: Peter Lang.
Lee-Nichols, M., Pendakur, S.L., & Uy, P. (2014). Complicating the complications: A conversation. In Kumashiro, K. & Ngo, B. (Eds.), Six Lenses for Anti-Oppressive Education (2nd edition). New York: Peter Lang.
Pendakur, S. & Pendakur, V. (2012). Let’s get radical: The theory and praxis of being a practitioner-ally for Asian Pacific Islander American college students. In D.M. Ching & A. Agbayani (Eds.), Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Higher Education: Research and Perspectives on Identity, Leadership, and Success (pp. 31-50). Washington, D.C.: National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.
Angelica joined the Dean of Student staff in January 2006. As the Assistant to the Dean of Students, she facilitated the interactions of the dean’s team, coordinated HMC’s Commencement and met the wide array of student needs.
In March of 2008, Angelica transferred to the Office of Institutional Diversity as Program Coordinator, where she was responsible for diversity outreach programs. Through her efforts, the college celebrated Women’s History Month for the first time in its history. In July of 2010, Angelica was advanced as Assistant Dean for Institutional Diversity. She is instrumental in coordinating key programs such as Summer Institute, Mudders Mentoring Mudders, and a multitude of diversity workshops, which serve to raise awareness of cultural differences and to promote the value of difference among people at HMC. In addition, Angelica advises student clubs and continuously serves to empower individual students in all levels of development.
Prior to Mudd, Angelica worked at the California Institute of Technology for 12 years. She handled the purchasing of insignia merchandise in Caltech’s bookstore, and later worked as a senior administrative assistant in its registrar’s office.
Angelica holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and management from the University of Redlands.
The 2013-14 OID student team members serve as social justice ambassadors for the Harvey Mudd campus! Stop by to say hello and find out what’s happening through OID.
Eddie Gonzales is a Sophomore Engineering major from Azusa, CA. He enjoys playing tuba, playing tennis, and watching movies. Fun Fact: He has traveled and performed across the country three times with Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps.
I’m Jennifer Sharma, a senior physics major from West Windsor, NJ. My hobbies include baking cookies late at night, playing the violin (also late at night, though never at the same time as the cookies), and reading. On a more official note, I’m the president of the Baking Club at HMC, president of Atwood Dorm, and work as a Linde Activities Center Supervisor and for the Admission office interviewing prospective students.
Love playing the piano, watching animated tv shows/movies, and traveling.
My name is Jon Ueki, class of 2017 at Harvey Mudd College. At Harvey Mudd I’m currently a Computer Science Major with a focus on Economics. I’m originally from Honolulu, Hawaii where I like to catch waves at the beach, go on bike adventures with friends, and hike to the tops of mountains.
My name is Paul Jolly and I’m an Engineer in the class of 2016. I went to high school in Bangalore, India, but I live in Wilmington, Delaware. I’ve actually moved back and forth between the two countries, but essentially I’ve had the same house in Delaware throughout. I’m interested in a bunch of things from learning a new language, to learning about an unfamiliar culture, all the way to playing soccer and watching movies!