Centers & Institutes

CASA Pitzer
CASA Pitzer (formerly Pitzer in Ontario) is a comprehensive, semester-long, three-course community-based education and cultural immersion program in Ontario, California, with theoretical foundations in the social sciences and a strong emphasis on experiential education. The program integrates an extensive internship with interdisciplinary coursework that provides the analytical framework from which social and urban issues can be effectively evaluated.

Center for Asian Pacific American Students (CAPAS)
The Center for Asian Pacific American Students (CAPAS) seeks to enrich and develop social, intellectual and personal growth in our students by providing Asian American resources as well as a welcoming, supportive environment. The Center serves as an advocate for the Asian and Pacific Islander community and promotes an educational dialogue that embraces the unique experiences of ethnic communities, the cultural fabric of our institution.

Community Engagement Center (CEC)
The Community Engagement Center (CEC) at Pitzer College is committed to teaching students to be responsible citizens of local communities by linking a liberal arts education to concrete action. CEC supports Pitzer faculty, students, staff and community partners in forwarding social responsibility and community engagement in surrounding neighborhoods through research, service, advocacy and action.

Firestone Center for Restoration Ecology (Costa Rica)
The Firestone Center for Restoration Ecology at Pitzer College is home to programs in Pitzer’s science, language, and international studies curricula, and provides opportunities for faculty research and student engagement in an intercultural context. The program features local collaborative resource management, especially of its own stand of harvestable timber bamboo, a focus on human and tropical ecology, the study of reforestation and sustainable agriculture/permaculture practices, and community-based education including intensive language and culture studies.

Institute for Global/Local Action & Study (IGLAS)
The Institute for Global/Local Action & Study (IGLAS) prepares Pitzer students to become “engaged, socially responsible citizens of the world” by infusing global/local issues in a robust, sequential curriculum that cultivates intercultural literacy and engaged learning throughout students’ academic careers. IGLAS includes the Office of Graduate Fellowships.

Munroe Center for Social Inquiry (MCSI)
The Ruth and Lee Munroe Center for Social Inquiry at Pitzer College promotes interdisciplinary research and public discussion of important issues concerning society, cultures and public policy. Each year the Center sponsors a themed series of events, including lectures, seminars, panel discussions, exhibitions, screenings, and performances. Students can apply to be Fellows of the Center for each spring semester.

Pitzer College Art Galleries
The Pitzer College Art Galleries’ mandate is Education and Advocacy through the Pitzer College core values—social responsibility, intercultural understanding, interdisciplinary learning, student engagement, and environmental sustainability. By following these precepts, Pitzer College Art Galleries engage and interrogate contemporary and historical issues of importance to expand our audiences’ understanding and contribution to our artistic, intellectual, and social culture. A focus on marginalized perspectives and inclusivity is central to the Pitzer College Art Galleries’ mission and is deeply tied to the mission of the College. These values are enacted through the Galleries’ exhibitions and programming, its partnerships with faculty, and its collaborations with Pitzer’s academic centers in support of student engagement across multiple disciplines.

Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability
Founded in 2012, the Redford Conservancy serves as a locus to facilitate action on Pitzer’s sustainability commitments and is a leader in innovative academic programming and interdisciplinary education around environmental challenges. Academically driven by the liberal arts and guided by Pitzer College’s core values of social responsibility and environmental sustainability, the Redford Conservancy engages interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches to environmental problem-solving. The Redford Conservancy aims to promote both the longevity of Southern California’s natural environment and the well being of its peoples.

Writing Center
Located in 131 Mead Hall, the Pitzer Writing Center offers Pitzer students free individual conferences with experienced writers trained to consult on assignments in any discipline at any stage of the writing process, from brainstorming ideas to polishing a final draft. The Writing Center is one of Pitzer’s most popular academic resources. If you are a Pitzer student, we encourage you to schedule a session. Regular 50-minute appointments, two-hour appointments for thesis writers, and special consultations for international students are available. Please visit the Writing Center’s website for more information.