Pre- & Post-Election Community Connections and Support

Through dialogue and reflection on the 2016 election and current climate with student leaders, faculty and staff partners, cross-divisional co-curricular planning and support initiatives focusing on pre-and post-elections emerged as an opportunity for multidisciplinary collaboration during this historical time. The following co-curricular initiative priorities were identified: (1) emotional support and resilience; (2) unified support to students; and (3) co-curricular opportunities around (a) community reflection (including critical analysis and empowerment); and (b) pathways for moving forward, inspiring hope, healing, care/empathy, dialogue, and community connections.

These student-focused opportunities to lean into community provide multidisciplinary pathways in alignment with where they may be on their civic engagement continuum and the intersection of their holistic wellbeing. Together, we strive to be Mindful of Each Other by honoring diversity of perspectives, civil discourse, disruptive transformation, and intersectionality of individual student pathways related to their identity as activists, organizers, civically engaged community members, allies, healers, listeners, and responsible catalysts for social change.


Pre- & Post-Election Cross-Divisional Resources for Students

Pre & Post-Elections Cross-Divisional Resources for Staff and Faculty


Student clubs, organizations, staff or faculty who wish to add events or opportunities for community connections during this time can email Brianna Anania at brianna_anania@pitzer.edu.

All times are Pacific Standard Time


Week of November 16-22


Transgender Awareness and Empowerment Week
November 13-19
Each year between November 13-19, people and organizations around the country participate in Transgender Awareness Week to help raise the visibility of transgender people and address issues the transgender community faces the week before Transgender Day (Nov. 20). More information at GLAAD. Connect with events and resources coordinated by the Queer Resource Center.

For those who are interested in learning more about our trans community and their experiences in college and in various societal institutions, the QRC recommends two books:

Normal Life by Dean Spade – In Normal Life Dean Spade presents revelatory critiques of the legal equality framework for social change, and points to examples of transformative grassroots trans activism that is raising demands that go beyond traditional civil rights reforms. Spade explodes assumptions about what legal rights can do for marginalized populations, and describes transformative resistance processes and formations that address the root causes of harm and violence (Duke Press).

Trans* in College by Z Nicolazzo – Published in 2017, Trans* In College is the first book-length empirical study focusing on trans* college students.

Pitzer students will be allowed an opportunity chance to win these books in the upcoming book drawing featuring pre and post elections community connections and support panelists and speakers.

Origami Tutorials
November 16-20
Join the Residence Life Community Assistants in origami making. Please sign up to receive an origami making kit while supplies last or by November 9th at http://forms.gle/zNdYQT2yEAfof49w9 
Tutorials will be posted on the @pzreslife Instagram page.

Father Gregory Boyle

Father Gregory Boyle in Conversation: The Power of Boundless Compassion and Radical Kinship
Tuesday, November 17, 5 p.m.
Register now
Join us for a conversation with Father Gregory Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries, the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program in the world. Father Boyle popularized the radical notion that even the most demonized individuals can thrive when given a second chance. Father Boyle’s 2010 New York Times-bestseller, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion, is the first reading selection of Pitzer’s new Alumni & Family Book Club. His most recent book, Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship, was published in 2017. Father Boyle delivered the annual Pepper Distinguished Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture at Pitzer in December 2019 in conjunction with the Pitzer College Art Galleries’ exhibition Disruption! Art and the Prison Industrial Complex.

Qi Gong, Insomnia, & Compassion (A Health Equity Project)
Wednesday, November 18, 5:45-6:30 p.m.
https://pitzer.zoom.us/j/513664738
With the organization Interfaith Movement For Human Integrity (IM4HI), Dr. Kathy Yep invites you to participate in a drop-in qi gong class. The goal is to teach simple practices to help people grappling with hard situations (e.g. illness, natural disasters, chronic stress, violence, imprisonment, inequities, death, immigration policies, etc.)

Wellness Wednesday: Gratitude
Wednesday, November 18, 4-5 p.m.
https://pitzer.zoom.us/my/stephaniehannant
Join us to hear and talk about what we are grateful for, and wellness strategies as we get closer to finals and winter break!

Building Community through Mindful Eating
Thursday, November 19, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Center for Asian Pacific American Students (CAPAS)
RSVP link to come.
https://pitzer.zoom.us/j/96697762776
Join us as we learn and practice mindful eating based on the practice by Vietnamese Zen Master Thích Nhất Hạnh. Bring/prepare a dish, food item, or ingredient that gives you nourishment.

Transgender Day of Remembrance
Friday, November 20
Virtual Healing Space w/ Patty from MCAPS, 3-4:30 p.m.
https://pomonacollegezoom.us/j/81327431513
**This healing space is created for our trans and nonbinary community members across the 7C’s**
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. You can read more about the Transgender Day of Remembrance below, and find out how you can show support for the community on this day. Additionally, the week before TDOR, people and organizations around the country participate in Transgender Awareness Week to help raise visibility for transgender people and address issues the community faces.

Ford Digital Festivals: Movement / Matters
Saturday, November 21, 4 p.m.
RSVP on Facebook
From the Soul Train line to the Ovahness Ball to Krumping at Black Lives Matter protests, Black Street and Club Dance in Los Angeles has allowed dancers to occupy space, create community, and flip the scripts ascribed to Black bodies in motion. Curated by Tyree Boyd-Pates, Movement/Matters is a day-long celebration of how LA dancers have found connection, care, power, and potential on the dance floor and in the streets.


Week of November 23 – December 3


The 2020 Election: What Happened, What Comes Next?
Monday, November 23, 4-5 p.m.
https://pitzer.zoom.us/j/3480871699
Join panelists Professor Adrian Pantoja, Professor Rachel VanSickle Ward and outstanding activists and scholars A’shanti Gholar and Natalie Masuoka

  • Post-panel student debrief led by Office of Student Affairs Residence Life Priscilla Cobian and Tasmia Moosani https://pitzer.zoom.us/j/85797193893
  • Pitzer students will receive instructions from the Office of Student Affairs on how to join an opportunity chance to win books by scholars from the September 10 Racial Justice in Our Time: A Conversation with Activist Scholars, October 15 Rainbow Wave panel, Father Gregory Boyle, Ruha Benjamin and this event. Books will be purchased from minority-owned bookstores. This event is supported by The Agnes Moreland Jackson Diversity Program Fund / Campus Life Committee.
  • Sponsored by Office of the Dean of Faculty, Racial Justice Initiative, Office of Student Affairs, Chicano Latino Student Affairs, and Office of Black Student Affairs

The City Boi Podcast: Unity in Community: Reflections on the 2020 Election
Friday, November 27, 4–5 p.m.
Lean into community for students, by students, with Residence Life Co-curriculum Community Assistants Noah A. Williams and Marcus L. Jackson focusing on unity in community and reflections on the 2020 election.

* Podcast participation is limited to students at The Claremont Colleges. Details for student participation are forthcoming. Participating Pitzer Students will have an opportunity chance to win a $50 gift card to The Huntley Bookstore.

Sponsored by the Office of Residence Life and Office of Student Affairs

CASA Pitzer Community Research Symposium
Thursday, December 3, 4 p.m.
Zoom link to come
Join us for student final presentations about their research and action projects to community partners, fellow students, family and friends.


Access Free Greater Community-Based Asynchronous Events Anytime

VIRAL JUSTICE: How We Grow the World We Want
Ruha Benjamin is Associate Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University and Founding Director of the Ida B. Wells Just Data Lab, which draws together students, activists, and artists to develop a critical and creative approach to data and technology. Ruha is the author of the award-winning book Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code (2019), which has been adopted in over a hundred classrooms around the nation, and the recipient of numerous awards, including the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton. For more info visit www.ruhabenjamin.com

In this talk, Ruha Benjamin examines the twin crises of COVID-19 and police violence, mapping the many vectors through which racism gets under the skin, into the blood stream, attacking our bodies and body politic. She offers a theory of change, viral justice – as a practical and principled approach to transmuting a hostile racial climate into one that is more habitable, hopeful, and just. Access to this asynchronous event recording is made possible thanks to the generous partnership by The Intercollegiate Department of Africana Studies and permission from Dr. Ruha Benjamin to limit this access only to members of The Claremont Colleges community. Pitzer students, staff, and faculty who would like access may email Brianna Anania at Brianna_Anania@pitzer.edu.

From the Ford: Lula Washington Dance Theater
For 40 years, the iconic Lula Washington Dance Theatre has been reflecting on the Black experience through a contemporary dance lens, combining modern, hip-hop, jazz, and African movement vocabularies. A Los Angeles institution, the company brought the house down during the 2018 season with a joyous evening featuring choreography by Lula Washington and Tamica Washington-Miller.
The piece “There’s Always Tomorrow” provides a renewed journey as people today are “taking the glasses off” and “living in the truth”.
Access the Asynchronous Event here

The Ford Digital Festivals: Solidarity for Sanctuary
Solidarity for Sanctuary brings together Latinx musicians, poets, and activists to elevate the conversation – and to help promote solidarity between Black and Brown communities. Enjoy thought-provoking panel discussions, performances inspired by the legendary Selena, and introductions to the organizations and artists working to make L.A. a more vibrant city for all.
Access the Asynchronous Event here

The Ford Digital Festivals: Living Resistance – Wellness and Self Care as an Act of Resistance
Co-curated by Todo Verde founder Jocelyn Ramirez, Living Resistance explores holistic health in Los Angeles, inviting audiences to learn from the contemporary practitioners and activists who are making strides in the wellness of their communities. With a dive into the history of community farming and food justice, sharing in activities around physical and mental space, nurturing bodies with nutritious fuel, and finding movement in music, dance, and yoga, everybody is invited to participate in creating a sense of home and belonging in a world where self-love, acceptance, and freedom can feel like radical acts of resistance.
Tribute to George Floyd
The festival begins with Maria Isa’s bomba for George Floyd, who worked security at Minneapolis’ Conga Latin Bistro, the city’s longest-running Latinx nightclub. “I remember him dancing Merengue at the door,” she told The Current, and how knowing him showed her “how we can bridge Black and Brown communities to have our safe spaces when we’re the ones that are protecting each other.
Access the Asynchronous Event here


Past Events


Week of November 9-15
Mindful of Each Other:
Week of Reflection and Empowerment

CASA Pitzer Fall Speaker Series
Tuesday, November 10, 11 a.m.-12 noon
https://pitzer.zoom.us/j/96435826013
Fall 2020 Speaker Series on Racial and Healing Justice: Art as Culture, as Resistance, as Industry with John Machado and Lolofi Soakai

Qi Gong, Insomnia, & Compassion (A Health Equity Project)
Wednesday, November 11, 5:45-6:30 p.m.
https://pitzer.zoom.us/j/513664738
With the organization Interfaith Movement For Human Integrity (IM4HI), Dr. Kathy Yep invites you to participate in a drop-in qi gong class. The goal is to teach simple practices to help people grappling with hard situations (e.g. illness, natural disasters, chronic stress, violence, imprisonment, inequities, death, immigration policies, etc)

Wellness Wednesday: Finding the Joy
Wednesday, November 11, 4-5 p.m.
https://pitzer.zoom.us/my/stephaniehannant
Instagram takeover! Join us as we takeover @pzstrive2thrive around lunchtime and talk about finding the joy! As we enter into winter, let us take a few minutes to find something to be joyful about and celebrate it.

Journal Reflections on the Meaning of your Pitzer Experience & Vision for your Legacy – Part I
Wednesday, November 11, time TBA
Lean into community by engaging in reflection through a journaling exercise about your student engagement in and out of the classroom as a scholar, through your community engagement, and leadership. This can take many forms such as club/organization involvement, serving as a peer mentor, activism, support to local community partners, research, student-athlete, internship, fellowship, and student employment. Dive into a reflection on your personal vision or calling as a catalyst for disruptive transformation, explore the meaning of these experiences, your personal growth in community, strengths, sustainable lifelong acts of radical self-care, and how you aspire to pay it forward, uplift and bring others into community to continue the legacy forward. To participate, please email Brianna Anania at brianna_anania@pitzer.edu.
Students will be able to join Dean of Students Sandra Vasquez in Part II in Spring 2021.

The City Boi Podcast: Post-election and Upcoming Finals
Friday, November 13, 4–5 p.m.
Lean into community for students, by students, with Residence Life Co-curriculum Community Assistants Noah A. Williams and Marcus L. Jackson in a post-election and upcoming finals discussion.

*Podcast participation is limited to students at The Claremont Colleges. Details for student participation are forthcoming. Participating Pitzer Students will have an opportunity chance to win a $50 gift card to The Huntley Bookstore.

Sponsored by the Office of Residence Life and Office of Student Affairs

Draw your Feelings, Inspired by Blue13
Saturday, November 14, 10:30 a.m.
Sign up online
Artist, writer, and performer Nasimeh B.E.’s comics, books, and poetry meet at the intersection of mindfulness, mental health, and humor, so she knows how challenging artmaking can be – and how having a good guide can help! With her uplifting assistance, you can tap into your inner artist and let yourself out on the page!
The first 50 to sign up will receive the necessary supplies from The Ford at no cost!
Shipping to continental US only. Signing up does not guarantee supplies.

October 28-November 8

Qi Gong, Insomnia, & Compassion (A Health Equity Project)
Wednesday, October 28, 5:45-6:30
https://pitzer.zoom.us/j/513664738
With the organization Interfaith Movement For Human Integrity (IM4HI), Dr. Kathy Yep invites you to participate in a drop-in qi gong class. The goal is to teach simple practices to help people grappling with hard situations (e.g. illness, natural disasters, chronic stress, violence, imprisonment, inequities, death, immigration policies, etc.)

Latinos, Religion and the 2020 Election: A conversation with Gastón Espinosa
Friday, October 30, 1-2 p.m.
RSVP to this event
Dr. Gaston Espinosa will examine the findings from his report of “Latino Religions and Politics National Survey,” which was comprised of 1,292 Latinx registered voters across the US, completed on September 22, 2020. This national survey included a large number of Latinx Catholics and Protestant Evangelicals. It will also explore the impact these Latinx religious groups may have in 2020, especially in Florida, Nevada, Texas, and California, as well as the Latinx vote by religion, gender, generation, born-again, candidate favorability, COVID-19, and other key factors.

Strive2Thrive Program Student Care Kit Mailings
Friday, October 30
Submit a Student Care Kit Request
Inspired by Pitzer student voice, Pitzer students will have an opportunity to request a Strive2Thrive program student care kit mailing as a tangible and meaningful way to be connected to community care.
Brought to students through a partnership with Residence Life Co-Curriculum Community Assistants, Office of Admissions, Assistant Professor of Art Sarah Gilbert and Art 030 Sustainable Sculpture: Crafting, Care, Curiosity, and Community Class – Office of Student Affairs & Strive2Thrive Program.
*Requests will be accepted on a rolling basis while supplies last. Limited to Pitzer students only.

Ford Digital Festivals – Tovaangar Today
Sunday, November 1, 4 p.m.
Access the live event
Before Los Angeles’ name was first written on a map, there was Tovaangar: a gathering place and nurturing home to the Tongva people. Co-curated by Kenny Ramos, Jessa Calderon, and Kelly Caballero, Tovaangar Today is a virtual celebration of the Native artists and cultural creators who still thrive in the region working as poets, actors, emcees, multimedia artists, and advocates. While centering on the Tongva and other California Nations, the festival will also feature artists from the local intertribal urban Native diaspora and highlight the connections between art, activism, identity, and tribal sovereignty.

CASA Pitzer Fall Speaker Series
Tuesday, November 3, 11 a.m.-12 noon
https://pitzer.zoom.us/j/96435826013
Fall 2020 Speaker Series on Racial and Healing Justice:
Immigrant Justice in the IE with Immigrant Justice in the IE with Javier Hernandez and Angel Fajardo

The People’s Pitzer US Election Live Streaming Watch Party
Tuesday, November 3, 6-8 p.m.
https://pitzer.zoom.us/j/95779967634
Watch the US election ballot count as it comes in and talk about it with student facilitators.

Wellness Wednesday: Election 2020
Wednesday, November 4, 11 a.m.-12 noon
https://pitzer.zoom.us/my/stephaniehannant
Office of Student Affairs Strive2Thrive Program
Connect in community with Stephanie Hannant and Kristin Williams for tips, tools, and resources promoting wellness, tips, videos, tools, and resources promoting wellness.

Post-Election Coffee with the CLSA Deans
Wednesday, November 4, 2-3 p.m.
Connect in community by joining CLSA Dean Tony Jimenez and Assistant Dean Xochitl Casillas post-elections. To sign up, please contact miriam.escobedo@claremont.edu for more information. Chicano Latino Student Affairs

Qi Gong, Insomnia, & Compassion (A Health Equity Project)
Wednesday, November 4, 5:45-6:30
https://pitzer.zoom.us/j/513664738
With the organization Interfaith Movement For Human Integrity (IM4HI), Dr. Kathy Yep invites you to participate in a drop-in qi gong class. The goal is to teach simple practices to help people grappling with hard situations (e.g. illness, natural disasters, chronic stress, violence, imprisonment, inequities, death, immigration policies, etc)

Reflecting on the 2020 Election through Mindful Eating
Thursday, November 5, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Center for Asian Pacific American Students (CAPAS)
RSVP link to come.
Zoom: https://pitzer.zoom.us/j/96697762776
Join us as we learn and practice mindful eating based on the practice by Vietnamese Zen Master Thích Nhất Hạnh. Bring/prepare a dish, food item, or ingredient that gives you nourishment.

Special Drop-In Hours with I-Place
US Election Debriefing Space

Tuesday, November 3 | 4-5 p.m.
Wednesday, November 4 | 8-9 a.m.
Friday, November 6 | 12 noon-1 p.m.

Zoom: https://cmc-its.zoom.us/j/96669070272
Join us at these special office hours the week of the US election, where we will be holding space for anyone who needs to debrief the results and be in community with other international students.

Office of Student Affairs Student Deans Office Hours
Entire Week
Kirsten Carrier: Mondays 3-4 p.m. | https://pitzer.zoom.us/my/kirstencarrier
Sandy Vasquez: 4-5 p.m. | https://pitzer.zoom.us/my/vasquezs
Stephanie Hannant: Wednesdays 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | https://pitzer.zoom.us/my/stephaniehannant
Dan Hirsch: Wednesdays 3-4 p.m. | https://pitzer.zoom.us/my/danhirsch
Gabriella Tempestoso: Thursdays 12-1 p.m. | https://pitzer.zoom.us/my/gtempestoso
Alayna Session-Goins: Fridays 9-10 a.m. | https://pitzer.zoom.us/my/alayna.session.goins

Office of the Chaplains Virtual Office Hours
Entire Week
Chaplains Office Hours: Mondays 11 a.m.-12 noon | Thursdays 3-4 p.m.

Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services
MCAPS is aware that many students may be feeling stress related to the upcoming national elections. During the days leading up to and following Election Day (Tuesday, November 3), we have scheduled the following sessions for students wishing to discuss their hopes, fears, and concerns, in an atmosphere of mutual support.
To sign up, please contact Fiona.Vajk@claremont.edu and indicate the date and time you would like to join, and you will be provided with the link and password.

Support Sessions for Election-Related Stress:
Thurs, Oct 29 – 4-5 p.m.
Fri, Oct 30 – 2-3 p.m.
Mon, Nov 2 – 4-5 p.m.
Wed, Nov 4 – 12-1 p.m.
Wed, Nov 4 – 4-5 p.m.
Thur, Nov 5 – 4-5 p.m.
Tue, Nov 10 – 12-1 p.m.


Special thanks to the Pre and Post Election Co-curricular Planning and Support Working Group: Janet Smith Dickerson (The Claremont Colleges Student Services), Gary De Groot (Monsour Counseling & Psychological Services), Office of the Chaplains, Linda Lam (CAPAS), Adrian Pantoja (Racial Justice Initiative & Office of the Dean of Faculty), Tricia Morgan and Benjamin Shaw (Community Engagement Center and The People’s Pitzer Civic Engagement 2020), Communications (Laurie Babcock and Stephanie Estrada), Todd Sasaki (Study Abroad), Zyana Slade-Bridges (Identity Board Chair), Stephanie Hannant (Strive2Thrive Program and Pitzer Academic Support Services), Brianna Anania (Residence Life Co-Curriculum), Brandon Kyle (Alumni and Family Engagement), and Sandra Vasquez (Office of Student Affairs).

We are also grateful for the support of Professor Rachel VanSickle-Ward, Professor Kathy Yep, Professor Tessa Hicks Peterson, Assistant Professor Sarah Gilbert, Art 30 Sustainable Sculpture: Crafting, Care, Curiosity, and Community Class, Office of Advancement, Office of Admissions, Chicano Latino Student Affairs, Office of Black Student Affairs, Queer Resource Center, Residence Life Co-Curricular Community Assistants, Student Success Advisory Group to the Dean of Students, The Intercollegiate Department of Africana Studies, and The Ford for access to greater community events.