CASA Pitzer

Critical Action & Social Advocacy: Community Engagement and Cultural Immersion Program

Critical Action & Social Advocacy (CASA) Pitzer advances critical analysis and community partnerships around the most pressing issues in the Inland Empire. With theoretical foundations in the social sciences and a strong emphasis on experiential education, the program engages theories, strategies and research praxis tools for social change and community-building. The CASA Pitzer academic program engages students, staff, faculty and community partners in collaborative projects and community-based participatory research on issues of regional equity and social justice pertaining to incarceration, immigration, education, environment, labor, art, culture and health. The CASA space brings local residents, organizers, activists, artists and nonprofits together with Pitzer College faculty and students to build community and enact change. CASA’s core partner organizations include: The Arts Area, Huerta del Vale Community Garden, Inland Coalition 4 Immigrant Justice (IC4IJ), Inland Empire Immigrant Youth Collective (IEIYC), Motivating Action Leadership Opportunity (MALO), Riverside All of Us Or None, Starting Over, Inc., Warehouse Workers Resource Center (WWRC), and Youth Mentoring Action Network (YMAN).

CASA students enroll in two core courses, Critical Community Studies and Applied Methods for Community Change. All classes and many of the internships are held at the CASA space, our storefront community hub located six miles from the Pitzer campus, which houses many of our partner organizations, hosts many community events and is equipped as a smart classroom. Due to an intensive 125-hour internship, field trips and writing components of this program, students earn three credits for these two courses. CASA program core courses count toward majors in Sociology, Environmental Analysis, Organizational Studies, American Studies, and International/Intercultural Studies while fulfilling the Intercultural Understanding-Domestic educational objective and the Social Justice Theory and Social Responsibility Praxis educational objectives.Transportation is provided for off-campus classes and events. For more information, please contact the Program Administrator Jessica Chairez via email at jessica_chairez@pitzer.edu or phone at 909-607-9402.

  • Location and Reservation Information

    Interested in booking the CASA Pitzer space in Ontario, CA? Our facilities are equipped with a smart television and projector and ready to use for meetings, presentations and workshops. CASA furniture is also easily movable so you can organize the space to fit your organization’s specific needs. For rules and CASA procedures please refer to the form link below. If you are interested in using the CASA space please submit a CASA Reservation Request using the link below:

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    CASA Pitzer Address200 S. Euclid Ave., Suite B, Ontario, CA  91726
    Email Address | ontariocasa@gmail.com