Dear Pitzer Community,

I learned this morning that a student member of our community recently posted videos on social media that were inappropriate and offensive. I have seen these videos and want to publicly state my disappointment and disapproval.

The views expressed in the videos, which have since been deleted by the student, are antithetical to Pitzer’s community values (below), where every member of our community is valued and respected.

Student Affairs, Student Senate, Academic Affairs, Title IX, Pomona-Pitzer Athletics, The Claremont Colleges Services, and others are collaborating to create educational initiatives, and provide resources and support for members of our community. More information on these resources and actions to educate will be shared by Student Affairs soon.

In the meantime, I urge those that need immediate support to utilize the following resources:

Pitzer 24/7 On-Call Dean: Call Campus Safety at 909-607-2000 and ask to be connected to the dean-on-call.

Monsour Counseling Center:  909 621-8202 Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services

Pitzer Academic Accommodations: Contact Gabriella Tempestoso ([email protected]) for any accommodation needs in classes and/or student involvement.

Melvin L. Oliver

Pitzer College Community Values

These aspirations for all members of our community are not enforceable requirements but rather ideals that promote ethical practices in a diverse community built upon trust.Community – We come together to live and work in a shared learning environment where every member is valued, respected, and entitled to dignity and honor founded upon the following rights and responsibilities.
Diversity – We learn from the rich and complex histories, view points, and life experiences in our community. We value and celebrate the synergy created by our differences and similarities.
Dialogue – We support the thoughtful exchange of ideas to increase understanding and awareness, and to work across difference without intimidation. We have the right to be heard and the responsibility to listen. Communication, even at its most vigorous, should be respectful and without the intent to harm.
Inquiry – We prize the powerful possibilities of learning and the principles reflected in our educational objectives including our dedication to access and justice, civic involvement and environmental sustainability, and our respect for pluralism, freedom of expression, and the sustained effort necessary for achieving academic excellence.
Action – These values are mere words until we practice them. We expect to see them evidenced, hear them named, debate their integrity, and demand change on their behalf. We are committed to the hard work and dedication this will demand.