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Pitzer Rises in Annual Ranking of Top Liberal Arts Colleges

Pitzer College Tree from logoClaremont, Calif. (September 15, 2022)—In its 2023 Best Colleges list released this week, U.S. News & World Report ranks Pitzer #33, two spots up from last year and tied with the College of the Holy Cross and Scripps College. U.S. News evaluated 1,500 colleges and universities on 17 measures of academic quality, including graduation and retention rates, undergraduate academic reputation, [Read More...]
September 15, 2022
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CASA Pitzer Expands Social Justice Program with $250,000 Pledge

People gather for a slideshow workshop presentation about abolitionism at CASA Pitzer.An anonymous donor pledged $250,000 over five years to help sustain and advance Pitzer College's Critical Action & Social Advocacy (CASA) Pitzer’s work in critical analysis and community partnerships around the most pressing social justice issues in the Inland Empire. Based in Ontario, CASA Pitzer brings local residents, organizers, activists, artists, and nonprofits together with Pitzer College faculty and students to build community and enact change. “We did research this past semester with a CASA Pitzer student who looked at other community engagement centers across the country, and he could not find a single one that is quite like ours."
September 12, 2022
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Pitzer Hive Fellows Make Social Impact Through Human-Centered Design

Tommy Shenoi '24 and Paul Grandchamp '24At the Hive, you fall in love with the problem, not the solution. A creative hub for The Claremont Colleges, the Hive taught this motto to its seven Summer Design Fellows—six of whom are Pitzer College students—as they pursued projects to promote student health in a variety of ways. Discover how the Hive taps into “the Pitzer brain” through out-of-the-box, hands-on innovation.
August 23, 2022
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Celebrate National Wellness Month With Pitzer’s Strive2Thrive Staff

Kristin Williams and Stephanie Hannant sit in Grove House patio with Pitzer mugs on a table.Wellness is as unique to a person as a fingerprint. In honor of National Wellness Month, Strive2Thrive staff members Kristin Williams and Stephanie Hannant share health tips and how Pitzer students can access self-care that is tailor-made for their needs. “We don’t just want you to survive, we want you to thrive. Strive2Thrive looks at the whole student in a holistic manner.”
August 18, 2022
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The Princeton Review Ranks Pitzer Among Nation’s Best Colleges

Brant clock tower at Pitzer CollegeThe Princeton Review has ranked Pitzer College among the nation’s top higher education institutions in its Best 388 Colleges: 2023 Edition. Based on student survey responses, Princeton Review highlighted Pitzer in several categories, including #2 for “Most Politically Active Students,” #3 for “Green Matters: Everyone Cares About Conservation,” and #5 for “Best Campus Food.”
August 18, 2022
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Immigration Law Clinic in a Liberal Arts Classroom

Professor Sumangala BhattacharyaProfessor Sumangala Bhattacharya leads two lives: one as a professor of British literature at Pitzer and another as an immigration attorney and owner of the solo law firm ImmPowered Law Office. In spring 2022, Bhattacharya’s lives came together for the first time when she offered a new praxis course, Immigration Advocacy Clinic: Humanitarian Immigration, to invite undergraduate students to a rare opportunity to help with legal cases. “This is stuff that you would do as law school students."
August 15, 2022
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From Incarceration to the California State Assembly: Pitzer Alumnus Reggie Bullock ’22

Reggie Bullock '22 wearing a gray jacket over a maroon dress shirtReggie Bullock ’22, who earned his degree through Pitzer’s Inside-Out Pathway-to-BA program, has been accepted to the Jesse Unruh California Assembly Fellowship. Assembly fellows serve as full-time legislative staff to gain hands-on experience in public policy, politics, and the California state legislature. “When I sit back and reflect from my time beginning in the criminal justice system at 14 years old to now, just getting out after a 17-year sentence, it’s definitely surreal."
August 15, 2022
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Pitzer Alumna Abigail Biddle ’20: Advocate in the Gym, the Law, and Beyond

Abigail Biddle '20 in a light gray T-shirt and with long brown hair.“Your arms were the talk of graduation.” This is what Pitzer alumna Abigail Biddle ’20 heard from a fellow graduate after their long-awaited Class of 2020 commencement ceremony. Indeed, Biddle’s biceps belong in a superhero movie. A competitive bodybuilder and soon-to-be Duke Law School student, Biddle says the first time she took the stage in a body-building competition, she was hooked. "I loved it because for most of my life, even though I was an athlete, as a woman I was told I should take up less space physically. When I was on stage, I was surrounded by women who were so buff and by people who were cheering for us.”
August 8, 2022
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Student Spotlight: Carlos Gomez ’24 Mentors New Students

Carlos Gomez '24 stands in front of a green bush backdrop.Pitzer College junior Carlos Gomez ’24 learned a hard lesson about burnout when he juggled a full-time job while he had to attend college remotely during the 2020–21 academic year due to the pandemic. Now that he understands the importance of self-care and asking for help, he looks for different ways to support incoming students. Almost nothing makes Gomez more excited than mentoring them. “Things may be very overwhelming in your first semester, so make sure that you’re doing daily check-ins with yourself and that you’re seeking help if you need it."
August 1, 2022
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Pitzer Professor José Z. Calderón’s New Book Explores Immigrant Rights, Repression, and Resistance

José Z. CalderónClaremont, Calif. (July 29, 2022)—Organizing Lessons: Immigrant Attacks and Resistance!, a new book co-edited by Pitzer College Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Chicano/a-Latino/a Studies José Z. Calderón, is a collection of articles by immigrant rights activists, labor activists, and scholar-activists who are dedicated to immigrant and workers’ rights. The anthology, co-edited with Victor Narro of [Read More...]
July 29, 2022