News and Events

Check Out Pitzer's National Distinctions for Community Engagement

Debating for Democracy
Carnegie Community Engagement Classification
The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

Generous U- Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy

One of the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy's goals is to encourage social justice philanthropy of college and graduate students. Generous U is a contest that helps promote that goal. Generous U awards a $10,000 Prize (and runner up prizes) to students who propose how they can increase philanthropy on their campus. The Generous Ucontest spotlights student giving and it's positive impact.

For undergraduate and graduate students!

Submit applications (a short essay and a YouTube video) detailing how their project will increase philanthropy and/or philanthropic values on campus.

Contest rules and submission guidelines are available at: sillermancenter.brandeis. edu/prize

Deadline: Monday March 3, 2014

Questions? Email us at

Student Selected as Inaugural Public Health Fellow

Enrique Romero is a sophomore interested in majoring in either Sociology or Human Biology with a double major in Spanish. During the summer of 2013, he participated in Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) at UCLA. This six-week pipeline program exposed him to the medical field while teaching him about health disparities that affect many underserved communities. He realized that his hometown of Richmond, CA struggled from some of these health disparities, which was something that he wanted to address. He applied for the Public Health Fellowship, at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Communicable Disease Control and Prevention Division because of the opportunity to get involved in community-based activities that focused on public health outreach and education. He hopes to gain as much information on public health organization as possible in order to carry this over to his own community.

About the Fellowship

The Public Health Fellowship is a collaborative effort of the Pitzer College Community Engagement Center and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Communicable Disease Control and Prevention Division. One student will be selected to serve as the Spring 2014 Public Health Fellow. The Fellow will assist the Los Angeles County Viral Hepatitis Coordinator, a Pitzer alumna, in office and community-based activities and will learn about infectious disease prevention and public health.

For more information


Elaine Waldman, Pitzer Alumna


Telephone: (213) 250-8602

Tricia Morgan


Telephone (909) 607-8184.

2013 Senior Thesis Award Winners

Rachel Conrad and Alison Espinosa-Setchko have been awarded the 2013 Senior Thesis Award. This award is designed to support Pitzer students who will be completing a senior thesis/project during the 2013 spring semester.  Funding is awarded to students who complete a senior thesis/project involving community-based work across local and global settings.  The project should explore a common theme both locally and internationally, ideally integrating study abroad experience with domestic internship work.

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute STEM Grant

The Keck Center recently was awarded a grant through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute that will be carried out between Fall 2012 and Spring 2016. A small portion of the HHMI grant focuses on finding students to tutor in the local community in STEM subject areas (science, technology, engineering, & mathematics). For this internship, STEM students are paired with an affiliated partner of the Community Engagement Center. Involvement can be year-long or for one semester.

If you are interested, please contact the HHMI STEM Coordinator Javid Riahi.

CALPIRG’s Energy Service Corps


Energy Service Corps is a joint project between CALPIRG and AmeriCorps. CALPIRG, (CAL for California, and PIRG for Public Interest Research Group) is a student directed non-profit organization working across California with college students to tackle over use of dirty energy this school year. We’re starting by educating kids K-12, ensuring that the next generation understands about energy, the environment and what they can do to create a better world! We’re also getting out helping their parents and neighbors save energy and save money through quick energy surveys to help them find savings and connect them to local resources. And to get communities started, we’ll help local shelters and community centers start saving right now, by organizing volunteers to come together to seal up cracks around windows and doors, change out old light-bulbs and do other hands-on projects to stop energy waste right away

5C student have an opportunity to become interns and apply for the AmeriCorps Scholarship. Candidates for the scholarship must be able to complete a minimum of 300 hours of service during the academic year (about 10-12 hours/ week). Accepted applicants will receive a $1,208 education award upon completion of the term through AmeriCorps. The education award may be used to pay for school or to pay off qualified student loans, and is good for 7 years.

Applications are due by October 19th, 2012.

If interested in volunteering, interning, or just curious to find out more information contact our 5C Campus Organizer, Melanie Frank at

5th Annual Fernando Pedraza Memorial Celebration

This annual memorial and community celebration is held in honor of Fernando Pedraza. A day laborer, an organizer, and a leader who was tragically killed on May 5, 2007 by a vehicle collision during a Minutemen protest at the corner of Arrow & Grove in Rancho Cucamonga. His mission and efforts to maintain the corner a safe and positive place for workers continues.

Corner of Arrow & Grove in Rancho Cucamonga
Saturday, May 5, 2012

*Pedraza memorial service
*Press conference with speakers
*Live music by Jarocho Group Son Real
*Food and Refreshments

For more information email

Screening of "Los Rollos Perdidos de Pancho Villa [The Lost Reels of Pancho Villa]" with filmmaker Gregorio Rocha

Benson Auditorium
Monday, April 23

Gregorio Rocha’s award-winning documentary Los rollos perdidos de Pancho Villa recounts his painstaking intercontinental search for one of film history’s most intriguing lost works: Raoul Walsh’s The Life of General Villa, a quasi-factual 1914 biography commissioned by the Mexican revolutionary strongman (in which Villa allowed cameramen to follow him into actual combat). While sleuthing in countless archives, vaults and institutional back rooms, the Mexico City-based filmmaker and media archivist uncovers a wider, decidedly conflicted legacy of how the general was depicted in the newsreels and movies of the silent film era—and locates in the process the heretofore little-known origins of border cinema.

Gregorio Rocha is a veteran Mexican documentary film and video maker. He has shown his work at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Robert Flaherty Seminar, the Guggenheim Museums of Bilbao and New York, and numerous film festivals internationally.

Winston Churchill Scholarship

The Foundation’s Scholarship Program offers American citizens of exceptional ability and outstanding achievement the opportunity to pursue graduate studies in engineering, mathematics, or the sciences at Cambridge.

Eligibility and Criteria:

Exceptional academic talent and outstanding achievement, especially in the major, as indicated by course grades. The Foundation does not require a minimum GPA, but recent Churchill Scholars have had a GPA of at least 3.7 and usually have 3.9 or above.

A capacity to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the sciences, engineering, or mathematics by pursuing original, creative work at an advanced level as demonstrated by awards, prizes, research, and letters of recommendation. Applicants in the sciences and engineering will demonstrate extensive laboratory experience, internships, or other related work, while applicants in mathematics will show substantial independent work or other projects.

Outstanding personal qualities. Understanding the time commitment required by research, the Churchill Foundation does not seek so-called “well rounded” applicants; instead, it seeks applicants with what we call interesting “jagged edges.” Nonetheless, it should be noted that successful applicants display a bewildering array of talents activities outside of academic pursuits, especially in music, athletics, social service, among other activities.

Students who will be seniors next year, apply Fall 2012

DEADLINE Tuesday, November 13, 2012

See the website for online applicaton:

If you have any questions please contact Sandy Hamilton the Director of the Office of Graduate Fellowships/ Academic Administration

Pitzer College Benefit Car Wash

Please bring you cars out on Friday April 20, 2012 in support for the Pomona Economic Opportunity Center and the Fernando Pedraza Community Coalition

The PEOC is a non-profit day labor organization whose mission is to provide an opportunity for day laborers to find safe work at a fair wage, to organize and advocate for themselves, to obtain new trades and skills that improve their employability and quality of life, and to improve the overall conditions for all workers. The Fernando Pedraza Community Coalition is a loose coalition of day laborers, community members, organizers, and students from the Claremont Colleges and Cal Poly Pomona.

The goal is to create and maintain a relationship between each group and to create a supportive network for the workers. This includes teaching English, computers, and organizing and helping to fundraise for soccer games, emergencies and other events and needs that present themselves.

Car wash Friday April 20, 2012, on the service road in between the Grove House and Atherton.

Time:10:00 am-2:00pm

The cost is only $5. Donations are also accepted

All profits go to both the PEOC and the Fernando Pedraza Community Coalition

CEC PAID Summer Internship Positions and Urban Fellowships 2012

The Community Engagement Center (CEC) is now accepting applications to fill multiple positions for Urban Fellowships (2012-2013) and summer internships. Urban Fellowships present Pitzer graduates a unique opportunity to continue on with their community engagement work they began as a student within a paid, professional setting with an added administrative dimension.

If you have any questions on any of these positions or on this process, please direct all inquiries to Announces Scholarship for Spring 2012

$1,250.00 Cash Scholarship is proud to announce up to FOUR 1,250.00 Cash Scholarships for Spring 2012.
ANY student (future or current) that has been accepted or attends a community college, technical/trade college, or
university may apply. Also, up to the first 15 applicants of each deadline month (see below) will receive one free product of their choice from the DegreedUP store shipped via regular mail. Contact your school’s scholarship office and request an application or apply online at – you may download the scholarship application there as well.
POSTMARKED DEADLINES: Jan. 27th, 2012, Feb. 27th, 2012, March 27th,2012, April 27th, 2012, May 27th, 2012, June 27th, 2012 and July 27th, 2012.


Continuing Invasion: Resistance, Resilience, and Re-invention among North American Indigenous Peoples

This semester, the Scripps Humanities Institute brings to campus a diverse group of indigenous speakers whose work constitutes its own form of resistance, challenging and contesting the omissions, distortions, and fetishized constructions that abound in mainstream and scholarly representations of Native peoples. Events include lectures, film screenings, and a women's leadership and peacemaking forum.

Women · Leadership · Peace — Transforming the Future

A series of four workshops led by Gayle Anne Kelley Cultural and Community Development Specialist and Documentary Filmmaker

Hampton Room, Malott Commons, Scripps College 6:30-8:30pm

Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Wednesday, April 11, 2012

According to indigenous cultures, this is the "Time of the Woman." This forum will present several cultural views on women's leadership and the importance of women in governance and the peacemaking process.

This forum will present a series of lectures, guest speakers, and open circle discussion. Topics will include: defining/redefining leadership in the 21st century; examining past and present female archetypes of peace and leadership; looking at personal, societal and spiritual core values as a gateway into leadership development; offering a new paradigm for peace that includes a model of 15 building blocks — a synergy of thought and principle between western ideology and indigenous thinking.

For more information, please visit the Scripps College Humanities Institute website


Tuesday, March 6, 7:30 p.m.
Garrison Theater, Scripps College
Performing Arts Center

An Auto-Ethnography of Indigenous Sexuality and Healing
Associate Professor and Vice-Chair, Department of World Arts and Cultures
University of California, Los Angeles

Tuesday, March 20, 7:30 p.m.
Garrison Theater, Scripps College
Performing Arts Center

I Speak Tradition: Moving Beyond the Silenced Knowings
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of World Arts & Cultures
University of California, Los Angeles

Tuesday, March 27, 7:30 p.m.
Garrison Theater, Scripps College
Performing Arts Center
Interethnic Conflict, Colonialism, and Conflict Negotiations among American Indians: Perspectives from Intergroup Conflict Resolution Theory

Distinguished University Professor and Professor of Psychology
Western Washington University

Thursday, March 29, 12:00 p.m.
Hampton Room, Malott Commons

Brave Chiefs and Drowning Princesses: Indianness in Music and Popular Culture

Digital Curator Ella Strong Denison Library,
Scripps College

Tuesday, April 3, 8:00 p.m.
Boone Recital Hall, Scripps College
Performing Arts Center

The Spectacle of ‘Originary’
Moments in The New World (2005) and Twilight of the God/Te Keremutunga o Nga Atua (1996)

Assistant Professor, Department of Women’s Studies
University of California, Los Angeles

Wednesday, April 11, 12:00 p.m.Hampton Room, Malott Commons

Evolving States of Criminal Jurisdiction in Indian Country

Deputy Prosecutor, Pascua Yaqui Prosecutor’s Office
Tucson, Arizona

Tuesday, April 17, 7:30 p.m.
Garrison Theater, Scripps College Performing Arts Center

The Doctrine of Discovery and a Value Change for Survival

Onondaga Nation, Iroquois
Confederacy, Haudenosaunee-People of the Long House Native American Faithkeeper, Human Rights Advocate, Environmental Activist, Professor Emeritus, Author and Artist

Closing blessing of the series given by

Seneca, Ohlone, Tobotolobal Spiritual Elder and Ceremonial Leader

All events are free and open to the public.


Women's History Month Festival

Presented by Scripps College in collaboration with Crossroads Inc.

Crossroads is an organization that provides housing, education, support and counseling in a homelike environment for women who have been incarcerated with the goal to empower women to take control of their lives. Students at Scripps College have organized a benefit and campus food drive with Crossroads on March 2nd at the Bowling Green Lawn from 5-11pm. All collected items will be given to support the mission of Crossroads.


Hear Herstory Benefit
Where: Scripps College Bowling Green Lawn
Time: 5-11pm


Crossroads Food Drive
Donation Boxes are located on the eastside of Malott Commons and in SCORE. Additional boxes will be on Bowling Green Lawn during the festival.

For more information on Women’s History Month Festival contact:
For more information on Crossroads food drive contact Leah:

Write To Change the World

Presented by The Op-Ed Project in partnership with Ms. Magazine
February 25, 2012 10am-5pm (followed by a cocktail hour)

This seminar is about empowering you to find your voice and make a case for the ideas and causes you believe in—whether in print, online, on TV, before your board of directors, to potential funders or investors, or on the steps of congress. All participants will have one year of ongoing access to our national network of high-level Mentor-Editors.

Register for our LA Seminar on February 25, 2012 in partnership with Ms. Magazine
Learn more about the program, including our Scholarship Policy

If you have any questions, please e-mail Chelsea-

California Association for Latino Superintendents and Administrators

For the first time CALSA is hosting a membership drive locally at the Claremont Colleges. Gilda Ochoa, a professor will be giving a brief overview of her book, Learning from Latino Teachers.
Come and find out more about this organization; network with other administrators, superintendents, teachers and college faculty dedicated to la familia concept. 


FEB. 23 , 4:30 pm-7:30 (food served from 4:30-6)

Pomona College Edmunds Ballroom

Global Health & Innovation Conference 2012

Presented by Unite For Sight, 9thAnnual Conference
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Saturday, April 21 - Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Global Health & Innovation Conference is the world's largest global health conference and social entrepreneurship conference. This must-attend, thought-leading conference annually convenes 2,200 leaders, changemakers, students, and professionals from all fields of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship. Register during January to secure the lowest registration rate.

Interested in presenting at the conference? Submit a social enterprise pitch for consideration.

Debating For Democracy

Debating for Democracy (D4D)™ is a campus-based co-curricular program that represents the mission of Project Pericles in action. On each campus, Periclean students research, develop, and advocate their opinions and positions on current public policy issues.

The D4D program includes a National Conference that brings together student representatives from all Periclean campuses to participate in a series of educational activities with leading figures in civic engagement, education, environment, politics, and social entrepreneurship.

Compete for a chance to attend the 2012 Legislative Hearing to be held as part of the Debating for Democracy (D4D) National Conference. Selected students will receive an expense paid trip to New York to attend the Conference.Finalists and winners will receive up to $3000.00 to support their advocacy efforts

The primary goal of D4D is to inspire and encourage all participants to become successful and resourceful advocates in their community.

The Conference will take place March 22-23, 2012

February 1 (Wednesday) by 5:00 pm: Deadline to submit letters to Program Director Tessa Hicks ( and/or Martha Bárcenas-Mooradian (

Conference RFP

D4D on the Road Workshop

Saturday February 4, 2012
Check in: 10:30 am
Workshop: 11 am - 5 pm
Rangeview 242

Registration is required.  To register for D4D on the Road, click here: D4D on the Road Registration
Registration Deadline: Friday, January 27, 2012

From October 2011 to February 2012, Project Pericles will hold D4D on the Road training workshops at 12 Periclean colleges and universities. These workshops build on the success of the D4D on the Road workshops of the 2010-2011 academic year, and will train more than 500 college students, faculty, administrators, alumni, and community leaders from more than 20 Periclean colleges and universities to actively participate in the democratic process. Each 6-hour workshop will help attendees learn concrete tools for successful organizing and advocacy, including values-based messaging, analyzing root causes, identifying targets and tactics, and strategic planning. By the end of the day, participants will be able to identify new strategies for making change on a particular issue or cause, practice developing and delivering an effective advocacy message, and build relationships to support and sustain their work.

The workshops are being led by The Center for Progressive Leadership (CPL), a national nonpartisan training institute based in Washington, D.C. that has trained over 5,000 diverse leaders.

Since 2008, Project Pericles has brought these important workshops to 28 Periclean campuses across the United States. The workshops are open to students, faculty, administrators, alumni, and community leaders.

Project Pericles appreciates the generous support of The Henry Luce Foundation.

Concierto Por La Paz

Como parte de estos eventos el Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen (MUPI), con sede en San Salvador, traerá también a los Estados Unidos la exposición fotografica “De la Guerra a la Paz” la cual se exhibirá durante los conciertos en las diferentes ciudades del país.

Gran Concierto en Celebración del XX Aniversario del Fin de la Guerra Civil Salvadoreña

Sábado 4 de febrero
Hollywood Park Casino
7:00 PM

$35.00 preventa
$40 en la puerta

Lugares de Venta:
Liborio Markets,
El Torco Market,
La Tapachulteca,
Metapán Restaurant,
Mi Querido Pulgarcito Restaurant


Crossroads, Inc. presents a special luncheon featuring guest speaker
Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ

Author of Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States, and The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions

Saturday, February 11, 2012
11:30a.m. to 2:00p.m.
DoubleTree Hotel
555 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont
$55 per person
$400 table of 8ember 9th, 2011

Space is limited.
Reservations must be received by February 3rd.
(909) 626-7847 or (626) 422-9432


Martin Luther King Day of Service

The Native American Tongva Nation invite the community to a free Health and Wellness Fair and Day of Service

Saturday, January 21,2012
10a.m. - 3p.m.
Chaffey Communities Cultural Center
525 West 18th St. Upland, CA 91784

Day of Service Activities
Native American Opening Ceremony
Guest Speakers and Invited Dignitaries
Public Service Projects
Health, Education and Cultural Information Booths
Face painting and other activities for children

Volunteer Opportunities
Museum Artifacts Collection:
Assist with the reorganization and display of artifacts collected
by the Chaffey Communities Cultural Center
Tongva Living History Gardens:Help clean up and landscape a garden of native plants
General Museum Maintenance:Help clean up and organize a community gathering area

Pitzer College Third Annual Posada

Please join us on December 9th (Friday) from 7 pm to 10 pm in the Gold Student Center to celebrate our Third Annual Posada at Pitzer College.
We would like to celebrate the value of community with all of our community partners, friends, families, students, alumni, students’ parents, faculty and staff!

Pitzer College Third Annual Posada

December 9th, 2011

Gold Student Center
7:00-10:00 pm

Borrowed Voices

Thursday December 8, 2011 6-8:30pm in the Broad Performance Space
Come join us as we celebrate the poetry/ written works of the young men from Camp Afflerbaugh-Paige.

Borrowed Voices

Borrowed Voices
Fall 2011

Thursday December 8, 2011

Broad Performance Space
6:00-8:30 pm 

Dinner will be served at 6:00pm Open Mic begins at 7:00pm

Dia De Los Muertos

Everyone is invited to visit our "Ofrendas" any time this week at the Community Engagement Center offices located in Bernard Hall (2nd floor) and Avery Hall 105. Come and learn about this tradition as well as what resources are available to you through the Community Engagement Center!

El Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), is an ancient Mexican tradition of remembering and honoring our beloved departed. Día de los Muertos is considered one of the most important celebrations in México. Its roots go back to ancient Aztec Mexico and its development is related to the incorporation and assimilation of European values, beliefs and traditions. It is celebrated in a variety of ways throughout Central and Southern Mexico. In 2003, UNESCO proclaimed Día de los Muertos an intangible cultural heritage, a universal patrimony, as celebrated by the indigenous peoples of Mexico.


Monday, October 31, 2011
(Ceremonia & Pan de Muerto)

Pitzer College Avery 105
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

The altars will be on display from October 31st to November 4th

Pitzer College Named a "Most Service-Oriented Schools" by Newsweek

Claremont, Calif. (August 30, 2011) – Newsweek ranked Pitzer College #11 nationally in "Most Service-Oriented Schools" in its College Rankings 2011.

In addition, Pitzer ranked #2 in "Best Food," #5 in "Top Schools for Activists," #6 in "Happiest Students" and #7 in "Free-Spirited Students."

Pitzer College students donate over 100,000 hours of service hours annually to local and community organizations.

Newsweek compiled the rankings from various sources including the National Center for Education Statistics, the College Board, the Shanghai Ranking Consultancy, the Sustainable Endowment Institute and the Washington Monthly.

To see a full list of Newsweek's College Ranking 2011 and its methodology, please visit:


Community Engagement Center featured in The Participant Spring 2011 Issue

The Participant Spring2011


Beyond Campus: The Community Engagement Center

Alumni Profiles
Ruett '81 and Rhonda '82 Foster
Pamela H. David '74
Quinn Delaney '76
Gilbert V. Gonzalez '03
Mark Moore '93
Angela Sanbrano '75
Constance C. Blane Van Eaton '69

Class Notes
What's New at Pitzer?
Faculty Updates

Building American Indian Families and Communities

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Pitzer College Tour: 10:00 Am - 10:50 Am
Welcome Dean Of Faculty (Alan Jones): 10:50 Am - 10:55 Am
Admissions (Presentation): 10:55 Am - 11:05 Am
Vice President International Program (Michael Ballagh): 11:05 Am - 11:15 Am
5c Neuroscience Program (Thomas Borowski): 11:15 Am - 11:25 Am
Financial Aid (Yvonne Gutierrez): 11:25 Am - 11:35 Am
What You Should Know About Sat's? (Tony Tiu): 11:35 Am - 11:45 Am
Community Engagement Center (Tessa Hicks Peterson): 11:45 Am - 11:55 Pm
Lunch Mcconnell Dinning Hall: 11:55 Pm - 12:45 Pm
Welcome Vice President Admissions (Victoria Romero): 12:45 Pm - 1:35 Pm
Scripps College Academy (Kelly Hewitt): 1:35 Pm - 2:00 Pm
Tour Of Scripps College (Sheila Walker): 2:00 Pm - 2:30 Pm

Project Caring & Sharing Annual Back-to-School Celebration

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Brown Memorial Temple - In Parking Lot
985 West Holt Avenue

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
view the poster

Pitzer's Native Summer Pipeline to College Blog

Friday, August 12, 2011
view the website

Native American Film Festival & Speaker Series

Native American Film Festival

View the poster

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Native American Film Festival & Speaker Series
Benson Auditorium, Pitzer College
6:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Friday, April 15, 2011

Sunrise Ceremony
Pitzer Commencement Plaza, Pitzer College
5:30 AM – 9:00 AM    

Talking Circle
Broad Performance Center,Pitzer College
2:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Native American Film Festival & Speaker Series
Benson Auditorium, Pitzer College
6:00 Pm – 9:30 PM

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Sunrise Ceremony
5:30 AM – 9:00 AM    

Talking Circle
Broad Performance Center
2:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Native American Film Festival & Speaker Series
Benson Auditorium, Pitzer College
6:00 Pm – 9:30 PM

Native American Film Festival & Speaker Series
“Native Americans Speak for Mother Earth”

The Fourth Annual Native American Film Festival & Speaker Series: Native Americans Speak for Mother Earth will take place April 14, 15, and, 16 from 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM at the George C. Benson Auditorium at Pitzer College. 

We are proud and honored to have this year’s programming commence Thursday, April 14 with an opening ceremony led by hereditary Chief Anthony Morales of the Tongva Nation.  We are also pleased to feature the nationally and internationally known writer Susan Suntree who will be performing an excerpt from her recent book, Sacred Sites: The Secret History of Southern California (University of Nebraska Press 2010), which draws from different sources to tell the story of how Southern California came to be.

Our movie of the evening, In the Light of Reverence, , is an account of how the Lakota in the Black Hills, the Hopi in Arizona, and the Wintu in Northern California are striving to protect their sacred sites. This film documents the struggle between Native and Non-Native individuals to co-exist with very different ideas about how the land should be used. The evening will close with a special guest panel discussion on sacred sites including: Julia Bogany, cultural affairs director of the Tongva Nation; Rebecca Robles, co-director of United Coalition to Protect Panhe (UCCP), Acjachemen Nation; Robertjohn Knapp, ceremonial leader (Tubotalobal/Seneca/Ohlone); and Dr. Felicia R. Beardsley, Archaeologist-Anthropologist, University of La Verne.

The community is invited to attend a Sunrise Ceremony Friday morning April 15 at 5:30 AM at Pitzer College Commencement Plaza.  Those who participate in the ceremony will be invited to attend a special intimate conversation with gathered elders and community members at McConnell Dining Hall directly following the ceremony. 

From 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM all are invited to gather outside the Broad Performance Center on the corner of Mills and Platt for a Talking Circle. This will be a unique opportunity to listen, learn and converse with visiting Elders from North America. Light refreshments will be served.

Friday, April 15 at 6:00 PMwe are privileged to welcome Chief Tony Cerda and the Costanoan Rumsen Ohlone Bear Clan Drummers who will open our festivities. Chief Cerda will be followed by our special guest Danny Beaton of the Turtle Clan Kahniakehaka (Mohawk Nation), Haudenosaunee Confederacy (Six Nations, Iroquois) Grand River Country, Canada. From an early age, Mr. Beaton was brought into a traditional circle of Native Elders led by Chief Oren Lyons, (Faithkeeper of the Onondaga and Seneca Nations) where he was instructed and taught to honor and protect Mother Earth. Mr. Beaton is a ceremonial leader, writer, producer, director, environmentalist, and has received many awards for his environmental activism including; the National Aboriginal Achievement Award 2010; and the Governor General's Medal for Outstanding Contributions to his fellow Canadians.

This evening will feature two films. The Second Thanksgiving is about the sacredness of life, and the duty of human beings to respect and give thanks to all of creation, and to honor the life giving forces (air, water, fire and Mother Earth). Our second film, The Iroquois Speak Out For Mother Earth, honors our sacred Mother Earth and calls for a return to peace, harmony, and respect. This evening will conclude with a discussion led by Robertjohn Knapp and Danny Beaton on the teachings of the Haudenosaunee (People of the Longhouse).

The community is invited to attend a Sunrise Ceremony Saturday morning April 16 at 5:30 AM at Pitzer College Commencement Plaza.  All participants are invited to continue the conversation with gathered elders at the McConnell Dining Hall directly following the ceremony. 

From 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM the community is invited to gather outside the Broad Performance Center on the corner of Mills and Platt for a Talking Circle. This will be a unique opportunity to meet, learn and talk with visiting Elders from North America.

The evening events will begin at 6:00 PM with a special guest introduction followed by the film Circle of Women, a documentary of Native Americans teachings. Special guest panelists will include: Gayle Anne Kelley (Director/Producer), Adelina Alva-Padilla (Chumash), Danny Beaton (Turtle Clan Mohawk) Robertjohn Knapp (Tubotalobal/Seneca/Ohlone), Ron Alec (Six Bear Mono Tribe), Arnold Thomas (Shoshone-Paiute), Jimmy Blue Eyes (Dine), more to confirm. 

Parking is available on Mills Avenue. The George C.S Benson Auditorium is east of Mills Avenue toward the center of campus and just west of the fountain and Pellessier Mall (the Mounds).


This event is made possible by: the Pitzer College Campus Life Committee (CLC); the Agnes Jackson Moreland Diversity Fund; the Community Engagement Center at Pitzer College; and the Peace with Justice Center of the Pomona Valley. For more information, please contact or 909.524.1532.

American Cancer Society Relay For Life - Claremont Colleges
April 9 & 10, 2011

Today, you can join the fight!

From April 9-10, the Claremont Colleges are hosting the second annual American Cancer Society RELAY FOR LIFE.

Relay For Life is a 24-hour camp-out on the CMS Track to celebrate, remember and fight back against cancer, a disease that affects more than 11.7 million people in the US! There will be food, entertainment and tons of fun to keep you fighting all night! Make a difference by signing up a team today at

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the Event Chair, Shailini Pandya, at

Pitzer College Named a "Most Service Minded School" by Newsweek

Claremont, Calif. (September 15, 2010) – Newsweek named Pitzer College among their "Top 25 Most Service Minded Schools" in its 2010 College Rankings. Pitzer placed #23 nationally.

Newsweek partners at Washington Monthly determined which colleges have the most service-minded students, faculty, and policies by measuring these areas: the size of their Army and Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs; the proportion of alumni in the Peace Corps; the percentage of federal work-study money spent on community-service projects; the number of students participating in community service and their total service hours; whether classes incorporate service; and if there are service-based scholarships.

Newsweek wrote "Pitzer students are known for their involvement beyond the campus: Not only does a high percentage of students study abroad each year (70 percent compared to 2 percent nationwide.) Pitzer's students also maintain a strong tradition of local involvement and community service. With over 100,000 hours of service donated annually from Pitzer students, this college ranks 23 on Newsweek's list of most service-minded schools."

Newsweek compiled the rankings with information from the National Center for Education Statistics, The Washington Monthly and College Prowler.

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Pitzer College named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Services Honor Roll, recognizing Pitzer’s Community Engagement Center (formerly CCCSI)

Director Tessa Hicks Peterson and her staff are to be commended for this acknowledgement and for their advocacy of programming in support of social responsibility at Pitzer College. The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, launched in 2006, annually recognizes institutions of higher education for their commitment to and achievement in community service.

The President’s Honor Roll increases the public’s awareness of the contributions that colleges and their students make to local communities and the nation as a whole. President Obama has pledged to make service a central cause of his administration and wishes to commemorate the significant role that higher institutions, their students, staff, and faculty play in helping to solve pressing social problems in the nation’s communities. For more information visit the Honor Roll’s registration site