Diversity Program


As part of our commitment to diversity and intercultural understanding, Pitzer College will host our Fall Diversity Program from Sunday, October 7 to Tuesday, October 9. The Diversity Program is designed specifically for prospective students from underrepresented racial, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds from across the United States.

Apply Here: Pitzer Fall Diversity Program 2018 Application

The application for the Fall Diversity Program is now available! The application will be due by 5 PM Pacific time on Monday, August 27”

Please note: You will need a copy of your unofficial high school transcript through junior year; you will be asked to upload a copy to your application. You will also be asked to write one essay, so it may be beneficial to write the essay before opening the application. This essay prompt is the same one you will find on the Common Application, and it is okay to use the same essay on both. Here is the prompt:

At Pitzer, five core values distinguish our approach to education: social responsibility, intercultural understanding, interdisciplinary learning, student engagement and environmental sustainability. As agents of change, our students utilize these values to create solutions to our world’s challenges. Please answer only ONE of the following prompts in 650 words or less.

  • Incorporating one or more of our core values, how would you contribute to solving a local or global issue of importance to you?
  • Reflecting on your involvement throughout high school or within the community, how have you engaged with one or more of Pitzer’s core values?

Our Commitment

As part of our commitment to diversity and intercultural understanding, Pitzer College will host its Fall Diversity Program from October 7-9. This program is designed specifically for high school seniors from underrepresented racial, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds from across the United States.

Meet Us

The program provides prospective students an opportunity to experience the distinctive atmosphere that sets Pitzer College apart from other colleges. You will have a chance to spend two nights on campus with a Pitzer student, attend a class, eat in the dining hall and meet other high school seniors who are considering Pitzer. If you are unable to attend the Diversity Program and would still like to visit Pitzer, we are happy to welcome you at another time. We offer visits Monday – Friday throughout the year and on select Saturdays in the fall. More information about visiting campus.


The Diversity Program is an all-expense-paid program for which round-trip transportation (air, train, bus, gas/mileage reimbursement) will be covered. Attendees will be hosted by current students in the residence halls and will dine on campus throughout the three-day weekend.

Students will arrive on Sunday morning followed by an afternoon of programming to introduce them to aspects of life at Pitzer. Monday will include opportunities to sit in on a class, be interviewed by admission staff, and explore the Claremont Colleges Consortium. We will conclude Monday night with an outing or activity in Southern California. Students will then return home on Tuesday morning.

Frequently Asked Questions

Pitzer College seeks to enroll students whose backgrounds and experiences offer varying perspectives on living and learning in a multicultural world. In order to accomplish this, we offer this program to encourage students to visit and enroll at Pitzer College. The Fall Diversity Program date will be announced this summer.

Fall 2018

Who is eligible?
High school seniors from underrepresented cultural backgrounds who attend school in the US

How do I apply?

Please complete the online application. Additionally you will need to upload an unofficial copy of your high school transcript with your application. The application deadline will be announced this summer. Applications will become available in late July.

Who is accepted?
Approximately 50 high school seniors will be invited to an all-expense-paid visit to Pitzer College.

How do I know if my application was received?
Once you apply online, you will receive an email confirming receipt of your application. If you do not receive an email, please call our office at 909.621.8129.

What will students do on campus?
As a participant of the Fall Diversity Program, you will stay in a residence hall with a current student and learn about the admission selection process and how to apply for financial aid. You will also have the chance to meet with faculty, staff and student mentors. You may also interview with an admission officer or senior admission fellow.

Will the program cover the other Claremont Colleges?
While there will be some exposure to the other Claremont Colleges, this program is geared towards students who are interested in Pitzer College. All students on the Diversity Program are required to attend all planned programming and stay within the parameters of the five Claremont Colleges.

Why should I apply?
The program allows students who might not otherwise have the means to visit Pitzer an opportunity to experience our campus community.

Does attending the Diversity Program increase my chances of being admitted to Pitzer?
Pitzer is holistic in its admission approach. A variety of factors are taken into account by admission staff. Attending this program does not guarantee admission to Pitzer, and not being selected for the program does not prevent a student from gaining admission.

I cannot attend the program. Are there other opportunities to visit campus?
Unfortunately, we are not able to offer other expense-paid options outside of the Diversity Program. To discover other visit opportunities, click here: http://www.pitzer.edu/admission/visiting-campus/

Who should I contact if I have more questions?
Please contact Dwayne Okpaise or one of our Diversity Interns. They can be reached by calling our office at (909) 621-8129 or emailing admdiversity@pitzer.edu.
We are excited about your interest in Pitzer College!

Once Selected

Diversity Interns will email you requesting more information. Please check your email often.

What do I need to bring?

  • Picture ID
  • Towel, toothbrush & toiletry articles
  • Comfortable clothes and walking shoes
  • Homework or a book to read
  • Sweater or Jacket
  • Spending money
  • Sleeping bag
  • and don’t forget to bring a reusable water bottle!

Diversity Program Staff

Pitzer College Counselor

Dwayne Okpaise
Admission Counselor

Dwayne grew up in Simi Valley, California where he attended Santa Susana High School, and is happy to return home to Southern California. Dwayne earned his degree in art history from Reed College in Portland, Oregon. While a student at Reed, he spent a semester abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina and wrote his thesis on the relation between dictatorship and performance art in that country. In addition to working in the Admission Office at Reed, Dwayne was involved with the Multicultural Resource Center and student government. In his free time, Dwayne enjoys spending entire days at museums and using public transit to get around Los Angeles (don’t believe the rumors, LA has public transit!).

Diversity Intern Phil Brayley

Phil Brayley
Graduation Year: 2019
Hometown: Niagara Falls, NY
Intended Major: Sociology & Media Studies
Why I am a Diversity Intern: I went on the spring Diversity Program my senior year and it was the program that really made me decided to commit to Pitzer. When I got on campus I was hoping to be a part of the program and help those students wondering if Pitzer could be home for them.
The best thing about Pitzer is the people who make up our amazing community. The students are so involved with so many different things but are always trying to bring their minds together to create something completely new! The staff and faculty are very approachable and are always willing to listen and talk if you meet them halfway.
Extracurriculars I am involved in: Community Engagement Center (CEC) office assistant, Huerta Del Valle intern, Pomona College Powwow Committee, IndigeNation
What I do for fun: I have a lot of fun working with the local Native community with on-campus cultural programming as well as participating and learning about the culture of other indigenous people

Adriana Ceron
Graduation Year: 2018
Hometown: Los Angeles
Major: Sociology
Why I am a Diversity Intern: I am a Diversity Intern because I believe in the programs mission of advocating for education equity and immersing students from underrepresented backgrounds to a liberal arts education. Just like the Diversity Interns eased my transition to college by sharing their experiences and giving me their full support, I now have a commitment to take that role and share my experience with students who are beginning a new chapter in their lives.
The best thing about Pitzer is our close-knit community, resources available for students, the consortium, and of course, the Pitzer dining hall!!
Extracurriculars I am involved in: Mellon Mays Fellow, Latinx Student Union, Research Assistant in topics of higher education, Encuentros
What I do for fun: Going to the Arts District (downtown Los Angeles), bike riding, playing with cats, and reading.

Bashel Lewis
Graduation Year: 2019
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Intended Major: Organizational Studies
Why I am a Diversity Intern: As the nation continues to progress (in some aspects), college institution should embrace this change. Whether this change be through policy, values, or campus climate marginalized students need to feel supported on college campuses. Even though, I , as a person of color have tried my best to advocate for equality, being a diversity intern has now given a platform to be a better catalyst for social and academic diversity. Therefore, I pledge to continue closing the educational gap and using my postion for change.
The best thing about Pitzer is our willingness to grow. Pitzer College prides itself on creating a community that is inclusive to all people.
Extracurriculars I am involved in: Black Student Union, DECA, First-Gen Club, and Cooking Club
What I do for fun: In my spare time, you can find me practicing for a stage-play or at a music festival.

Clara Fuget '20

Clara Fuget 
Graduation Year: 2020
Hometown: Seattle Wa, and Managua, Nicaragua
Major: Chicano/ Latino Transnational Studies and Spanish
Minor: in Sociology
Why I am a Diversity Intern: I believe it’s important to give all students wanting to enter higher education, the opportunity to do so. There are so many reasons why us underrepresented students shouldn’t be in college, but the Diversity Program allows for students to defy the odds, and continue their passion for learning.
The best thing about Pitzer is the interdisciplinary learning and the small classrooms which allows a very personal education and special relationships with professors.
Extracurriculars I am involved in: Latino Student Union, Central American Student Association, Spanish Conversation Leader and Tutor, Mellon Mays Undergraduate Research Fellow.
What I do for fun: I love to hang out on the mounds with my friends and my dog Lili. Outside of Claremont I love traveling with Lili and spending time with my friends from Nicaragua, and Seattle.

Aleo Pugh
Graduation Year: 2019
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Major: Africana Studies
Why I am a Diversity Intern: I want to engage with marginalized students, helping to inform and shape a decision that can be crucial in their futures.
The best thing about Pitzer is the ability to have both a small and large community as Pitzer is situated within a Consortium.
Extracurriculars I am involved in: IGLAS Fellow, Resident Assistant, Black Student Union
What I do for fun: I write music and articles, play guitar and run.