Centers, Institutes and Support Services at Pitzer College

CAPAS
CAPAS (Center for Asian Pacific American Students) 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)
With generous support from the W.M. Keck and the James Irvine foundations, the Community Engagement Center strives to root community-based pedagogy more deeply into the College's curricular and research agendas.  By providing financial, technical and logistical support to develop innovative community-based projects as well as an institutional infrastructure to sustain and evaluate them, the Center is able to engage international, national and local resources in a cooperative network aimed at defining and realizing the goals of various community partners. Reciprocally, the Center's community partnerships are developing as a resource and a model for similar community-based organizations across the state and nation.

The Claremont International Studies Education Project (CISEP)
The Claremont International Studies Education Project (CISEP) is one of 17 regional centers for the California International Studies Project (CISP), one of  nine California Subject Matter Projects (CMSP). It is a program designed to strengthen student performance through the preparation of teacher leaders whose exemplary classroom instruction will influence the professional practice of fellow teachers. Located at Pitzer College, CISEP is co-sponsored by academic centers at Pitzer College, Scripps College and the Claremont Graduate University. Drawing from the resources of the Claremont Colleges, the project offers opportunities for multiple and sustained professional development for K-12 teachers in the Ontario/ Montclair School District, with primary attention being given to areas of international studies/history-social science and multicultural education.

European Union Center
The mission of the European Union Center of California is to advance public understanding of European integration and transatlantic relations through education, research, and outreach. The Center is located on the Scripps College campus.

Firestone Center for Restoration Ecology (Costa Rica)
The Firestone Center for Restoration Ecology provides an ongoing setting for the study of both tropical and human ecology in one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful mountainous areas. With Hacienda Baru, a nature reserve of 800 acres to the west, the ecologically significant Osa Peninsula to the south, and Manuel Antonio National Park to the north, there is ready access to a variety of tropical ecosystems and rich biodiversity.

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.

Office of Study Abroad and International Programs
Through the study of language and culture and through firsthand experience in communities worldwide, Pitzer College's Office of Study Abroad and International Programs is a resource for intellectual discovery, integrating constructive learning with social responsibility. The Office expresses the College's commitment to student-centered education and pedagogical innovation, bringing an important international dimension to the campus and community.

Pitzer Art Galleries
There are two main exhibition galleries on campus. The Nichols Gallery is located in the Broad Center and the Lenzner Family Art Gallery is located in Atherton Hall on the Pitzer College campus. Hours are Tuesday- Friday from 12-5 p.m. and by appointment only on Saturdays. Admission is free to the public. For more information, call 909.827.3143.

Pitzer in Ontario
Pitzer in Ontario is a comprehensive semester-long service learning and cultural immersion program with a strong theoretical foundation in the human sciences that is informed by the best practices in the field of experiential education. The program integrates extensive internship experiences in city, private or non-profit organizations with interdisciplinary coursework that provides the theoretical framework from which social and urban issues can be effectively evaluated. The program creates space where residents and community leaders of the diverse communities of Ontario can learn to recognize competing demands facing their communities and collectively implement solutions socially. Through living in Ontario, students have the opportunity to engage firsthand the diversity of voices, perspectives, and agendas that are driving those demands, and to come to a better understanding of the many layers of engaged citizenship.

The Ferré/Marquet Vaccine Research Center at Pitzer College
The Ferré/Marquet Vaccine Research Center at Pitzer College, launched in 2008, will help develop cost-effective vaccine production and address urgent health issues in southern Africa. The Center gathers faculty, students and local community members who perform cutting edge bioscience research to improve healthcare in developing countries.

Writing Center
Located in Mead Hall, the Writing Center offers Pitzer students assistance with the paper process. Tutors can help clarify the purpose and structure of a paper, point out weaknesses, and advise on research methods and library resources.