Social Responsibility

At Pitzer, students spend four years examining the ethical implications of knowledge and individual responsibility in making the world better. They learn to evaluate the impact of individual and collective actions manifested in social and political policies. Together, students, faculty and staff dedicate more than 100,000 hours of community service every year. Here are a few ways Pitzer students are engaging with social responsibility on and off campus:

  • Students looking to work with kids and learn more about the importance of early childhood education can get involved with Jumpstart.
  • Those with a passion for combating gender inequality can join the Feminist Coalition (FemCo) to help plan events, host speakers, and spark conversation in the Pitzer community.
  • As a student-run environmental education group, A Cleaner Tomorrow (ACT) is at the intersection of social responsibility and environmental sustainability. ACT works with elementary school students to encourage healthy ecological practices and inspire youth to become activists in their communities.
  • Following the earthquake in Nepal in the spring of 2015, Pitzer students, faculty, staff, and alumni came together to raise nearly $85,000 for the Pitzer in Nepal Relief Fund.
  • Huerte del Valle is an organic community garden in Ontario, CA, where Pitzer students looking to get involved with food justice and stewardship can volunteer.
  • Smart Sex Society is a group of students that works to encourage safe, healthy, and informed decisions about sex.
  • Student-created murals are a big part of the aesthetic on Pitzer’s campus. Many students use these art pieces as an opportunity to address a social issue or express an opinion. (North Wall of Mead)
  • Pitzer Advocates for Survivors of Sexual Assault is a group that aims to create a conscious and supportive community by hosting events, raising awareness, and sparking conversations about sexual assault on college campuses. (Title IX mural)
  • Students seeking to raise awareness about pressing animal rights issues can get involved with Animal Rights Club (ARC) and help organize a number of screenings, speakers, and other events that are held on campus throughout the year.
  • Students looking to give back to the community by means of education can get involved with Tutors for a Cause or Stutors.
  • Pitzer College has been named one of the most service-oriented schools by Newsweek.
  • New Educational Objective effective Fall 2015: Social Justice, Social Responsibility and the Ethical Implications of Knowledge and Action. Through the Social Justice Theory and Social Responsibility Praxis paired-course sequence, students will acquire a concern with and commitment to social justice and social responsibility through both theory and practice courses that emphasize these themes.