Living in Mead Hall’s suite-style community is a completely different experience than living in the the other residence halls. Mead is a six-tower, three-story residential community that houses approximately 225 sophomores, juniors and seniors. Mead Hall is historically known for the student murals on the exterior walls and hallways that span back many years, representing the interests and creativity of past and current community members.
- Mead suite-style living allows upperclass students to have more independence in their living experience. Students live either in a suite with eight students or four students. There are both double and single rooms in each of the suites, as well as a bathroom for every four residents. For more community within their suites, each suite has a common room equipped with couches and side tables. All second and third floor suites have balconies off their common rooms, which is a great place to view the varying Mead murals and the Pitzer campus.
- Each tower in Mead has one Substance Free Suite where the RA lives. This exemplifies one of the College’s educational objectives; awareness of the social and ethical implications of action.
- There are six Resident Assistants (RAs) who live in Mead; they are devoted to serving the upperclass residents as they navigate their academic and co-curricular experiences. The RAs facilitate community building in the residence hall though program planning as well as security checks throughout the building every night of the week.
- There is one Residence Director (RD) who also lives in an apartment in Mead. The RD is a full-time, professional staff member who lives year-round on campus. She is responsible for supervising the Mead RAs, overseeing hall programming, managing facilities, and promoting respectful conduct.
Mead Hall Resources
Mead Hall offers a wide variety of resources to all Pitzer students. In most cases these resources are conveniently located in the complex and students have access to them 24 hours a day.
- Recreation Room – The Mead Rec Room is located on the 3rd floor between W and X towers. This recently renovated common room serves as a social gathering space for the Mead community. The Mead Rec Room has couches, a piano, tables, and a flat screen TV. The Mead Rec Room is a great hangout space for residents, a place that clubs and organizations host meetings, and location that programs are held. Students can also always find an RA in the Rec Room every night from 9-10pm.
- Laundry Room – Located on the 2nd floor between W and X towers, the laundry is a community space that allows Mead residents to wash and dry their clothes conveniently. Laundry costs $1.00 to wash and $0.75 to dry and can be paid for with Claremont Cash on a Pitzer student ID card or with quarters. There are tables and chairs in the laundry room, so residents can stay nearby and work on other things while their laundry is being washed.
- Community Kitchen – The Mead Community kitchen is located off the lobby between W and X towers. The Mead kitchen is available for residents to do personal cooking projects and for the staff to prepare for events. The kitchen has a refrigerator, oven, stovetop, sink, and a small dining area. Some cooking supplies for the kitchen are available for checkout from the West Hall Service Desk.
- Service Desk – The Mead Service Desk has bulletin board information and a vacuum cleaner. This vacuum cleaner can be checked out by visiting the West Hall Service Desk everyday from 11 am-8 pm. Toilet paper can be acquired from the Service Desk or from the toilet paper trolley which visits each residence hall on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 8 pm.
- Marquis Library and Reading Room – The Lucian Marquis Library is located off the lobby between W and X towers. A comfortable study lounge and desks provide a quiet space. There are also basic reference materials and books that may be taken out for a limited time.
There are also several offices housed in Mead Hall. They include:
- CAPAS (Center for Asian Pacific American Students) – CAPAS seeks to enrich and develop social, intellectual and personal growth in our students by providing Asian American resources as well as a welcoming, supportive environment. The Center serves as an advocate for the Asian and Pacific Islander community and promotes an educational dialogue that embraces the unique experiences of ethnic communities, the cultural fabric of our institution.
- Office of Communications – The Office of Communications promotes Pitzer College as an exceptional institution of higher learning. It does so through its publications, website, news releases, media outreach, videos and more.
- Writing Center – Located in 131 Mead Hall, just across from the fountain, the Pitzer Writing Center offers Pitzer students free individual conferences with experienced writers trained to consult on assignments in any discipline at any stage of the writing process, from brainstorming ideas to polishing a final draft. The Writing Center is one of Pitzer’s most popular academic resources. If you are a Pitzer student, we encourage you to schedule a session. Regular 50-minute appointments, two-hour appointments for thesis writers, and special consultations for international students are available. Please visit the Writing Center’s website for more information.
- The Pitzer College Archives office is located in a space in the Marquis Library. The Archives is the institutional memory of Pitzer College and shares its mission with that of the College: to facilitate the search for and acquisition of knowledge. If you would like to visit the Archives, please contact archivist Stacy Elliott.
Ways to Get Involved in the Mead Community
Student engagement is one of Pitzer’s core values and getting involved early on is as easy as looking around your residence hall! Some ways to get involved in the Mead community are:
- Mead Hall Council – Each residence hall has a Hall Council to address student issues in that building, purchase items for the living area, and provide social opportunities. Hall Council represents the students residing in each residence hall and are governed by Pitzer’s Student Senate. Mead Hall Council has a variety of leadership positions. Elections are held during the first few weeks of school. You are encouraged to attend whether or not you hold an elected position.
- Resident Assistant Programming – The Resident Assistants (RAs) that live in Mead put on programs that all residents are welcome to attend. These events vary from tie-dye programs, study breaks, diversity programs, educational initiatives, and fun, community building get-togethers. Students can get even more involved by working with their RA to put on their own program and simply get funding from their RA or Hall Council to buy supplies. Students are encouraged to be involved with the Hall Council and RA programs if they are interested in applying to be a RA during their subsequent years at Pitzer.