Student Organizations

There are over fifty active student organizations at Pitzer College. Recognized and funded by the Pitzer College Student Senate, our student organizations encompass a wide range of interests and welcome your participation. If you do not see an organization that you find interesting, you can always propose a new one.

All student organizations are overseen and supported by the Secretary of Student Senate. For more information about proposing a new student organization, finding a meeting space, or anything else, please feel free to contact Secretary Kamyab Mashian at sensec@students.pitzer.edu.


For more information about running a student organization at Pitzer, see the Student Organizations Guide.

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Student Organizations at Pitzer College

  • A Cleaner Tomorrow (ACT)

    ACT’s mission is to foster clear awareness about a range of environmental issues, and to create new patterns of behavior amongst our students and inspire them to live more sustainable lifestyles.


    President: Polina Goncharova ’18

    Website

  • Advocates for Survivors of Sexual Assault

    Pitzer Advocates is a group of individuals seeking to support and foster community and allyship for survivors of sexual assault, sexual harassment, domestic violence, hate crimes, or related experiences. Advocates are a support system and someone to talk to, and can help find the right resources for each individual and aid in the reporting process. Their primary goal is to support survivors, but they also strive to create a campus climate that combats rape culture in a variety of contexts, including, but not limited to, classrooms, campus nightlife, extra-curricular communities, institutionally, and within interpersonal relationships.


    Presidents: Katie Nelson, Mary Thomas

    Website

    Charter

  • Agora

    The purpose of Agora is to create a comfortable space on campus where members of the Pitzer community can come together to discuss and debate topical issues, as well as improve their public speaking skills.


    President: Arnesh Batlaw ’19

    Charter

  • Art Collective (ArtCo)

    ArtCo is a student organization which works to foster art on campus, both by providing funding to student art projects and by hosting workshops and other programs that nurture artistic education.


    President: Lizzy Freedman ’18

    Website

    Charter and Bylaws

  • Asian Pacific American Coalition (APAC)

    The Asian Pacific American Coalition aims to create and maintain a community, which integrates and celebrates A/AAPI (Asian/Asian American Pacific Islander) cultures at Pitzer College.


    President: Therese Boter ’19

    Facebook Page

     

  • Black Student Union (BSU)

    The Pitzer Black Student Union is an organization that is committed to creating, promoting, and maintaining both an educational as well as a comfortable environment at Pitzer. Moreover, it is the organization’s objective to ensure that this environment is conducive to the retention and emotional well-being of all students of Black and African American descent.


    Presidents: Bashel Lewis ’19, Nimiye Ogoun ’19

    Facebook Page

  • Boxcar Club
    The mission of Boxcar Club is to aid students in experiencing live music while at Pitzer College. The club funds portions of students’ concert tickets as well as bring local and live music to campus.

    President: Henry Dolin ’20

    Facebook Page

    Charter

  • Breakfast Club

    The Breakfast Club aims to form community and relationships through food, coffee, and conversation. The club brings together students to prepare and cook a wholesome and healthy breakfast and drink coffee once a week.


    President: Molly Edison ’18

    Facebook Page

    Charter

  • Chess Club

    Pitzer College Chess Club connects a community of chess players from across Pitzer and provides a regular space for chess players to compete. All experience levels are welcome.


    President: Parker Beak ’19

    Facebook Page

    Charter

  • Cooking Club

    Pitzer College Cooking Club creates a space where students can practice and share the art of cooking meals.


    President: Hana Oshita ’18

  • EcoCenter

    EcoCenter works to increase awareness and engagement on campus around environmental issues and sustainable initiatives through speakers, workshops, film screenings, and other events.


    President: Ann Sasaki ’18

    Facebook Page

    Charter

  • Encuentros

    Encuentros are weekly events in partnership with the Pomona Economic Opportunity Center (PEOC) in which day laborers from the PEOC and the Rancho Day Laborer Center come to Pitzer’s campus during lunch. Each week the club discuss a new topic relevant to social responsibility and/or the day laborer community, followed by a roundtable discussion on the topic at hand.


    President: Adriana Cerón ’18, Laila Alvarez

    Facebook Page

    Charter

  • Filmnatics

    Pitzer College Filmnatics evaluate a canon of highly regarded films from across the globe. The club watches the films as a community and asses the value that these narratives bring to our culture and society and also contemplate why filmmakers might opt to make films outside of the Hollywood industry.


    President: Imdad Haque

    Facebook Page

    Charter

  • First-Gen Club
    The First-Gen Club works to create an open, inclusive, and safe space on Pitzer’s campus for students who identify as the first in their family to attend college in the United States. The club works to create a stronger network of diversity as well as be in extension of the first-gen mentorship program.

    President: Tori Arnau

    Facebook Page

    Charter

  • Garden Club

    Pitzer College Garden Club maintains and organizes Pitzer’s student-run organic garden. The club produces sustainable food and provides an educational resource for students on campus.


    President: Gabe Elliott

    Website

    Club Constitution

  • Green Bike Program (GBP)

    The Green Bike Program is a student-run organization created to promote cycling, bike safety and sustainability at The Claremont Colleges and the surrounding community. This is done through the reuse of old bikes and parts along with the organization of cycling events. The Green Bike Program gives community members free access to bicycles, tools, repair lessons.


    President: Griffin Cloud Levine

    Website

    GPB Handbook

  • Grove House Committee

    The Grove House Committee provides structure and support to strengthen and care for the many facets of Pitzer College’s iconic Grove House. They work toward making the House ever-more inclusive and attuned the needs to of a dynamic community, and to provide programming and events.


    Caretaker: Molly Edison ’18

    Website

    Constitution

  • Kohoutek Music and Arts Festival

    Kohoutek Music & Arts Festival is a Pitzer institution that has brought together students, community members, and musicians for over 40 years. The planning committee creates space for its committee members to experience & work in all aspects of event planning, including but not limited to booking performing artists, managing vendors, interfacing with the Pitzer administration & various law enforcement agencies, distributing promotional material, making art, and general planning.


    President: Austin Zimmerman ’18

    Charter

  • KUYA Movement

    This organization is affiliated with non-profit organization Pusong Pinoy, an international non-profit organization that contributes to the eradication of poverty and corruption by increasing education in the Philippines; they hold book drives, school supplies drives, and collect monetary donations to help improve the education system in the rural and poor areas in the Philippines.


    President: Chris Cabunag ’19

    Facebook Page

    Constitution

  • Latinx Student Union (LSU)
    The purpose of Pitzer College LSU is to provide a forum of current political, cultural, and social awareness, as well as involvement and support in the Latina/o community and the surrounding Claremont College community.

    President: Melissa Banale ’18

    Facebook Page

    LSU Constitution

     

  • Middle Eastern Student Association (MESA)

    The purpose of this student organization is to provide a gathering place for students of Middle Eastern origin or descent to come together for the purposes of organizing, learning, sharing, and healing together as a community. MESA is a safe space that aims to be inclusive and welcoming to all students, especially those who self-identify with Arab, Persian, Kurdish, Turkish, Egyptian, and other middle-eastern ethnicities. Although is is a secular non-affiliated organization, it also aims to also provide a community safe space for Muslim students on campus.


    President: Simone Bishara ’18

    Facebook Page

    Charter

  • Mixed Identity Exchange (MIX)
    The purpose of MIX is to create an inclusive community for people who identify as mixed race, bi/tri/multi racial, and/or multicultural. The organization provides a space for students on campus with similar identities and backgrounds as well as visibility for a marginalized, and often invisible, group of students. MIX will allow for a more diverse perspective to be heard and engaged with both within and outside of the group.

    Presidents: Katia Mafra Spencer, Alaina Orr, and Sarah Sato

    Facebook Page

    Charter

  • Movies, Anime, Gaming, and Entertainment Club (MAGE)
    The M.A.G.E. Club creates a community for students to explore the multifaceted, interwoven mediums of comics, video games, anime, trading card games, movies, etc. The club works to widen people’s horizons concerning entertainment options, encourage communal fun, and provide a time for people to relieve stress from academic rigors.

    Presidents: Jack Barman, Jordan Wong

    Facebook Page

    Constitution

  • Music Coalition

    The Pitzer College Music Coalition provides a framework for the spread of musical culture across Pitzer’s campus. Organization meetings are designed to introduce student-musicians or students interested in music to their peers and to maintain the wellbeing of the Music Coalition studio in the basement of McConnell.


    President: Austin Zimmerman ’18

    Facebook Page

    Charter

  • Order of the Sagehen
    The mission of the Order of the Sagehen is to create a safe space for all magical creatures, and for those with whom magic exists, by the creation and enforcement of weekly meetings or events with the intent of securing community, respect, and an outlet for creativity during the sometimes repetitive nature of the university setting.

    Headmastrix: Aubrey Lancaster ’19

    Facebook Page

    Constitution

  • Pangea Dance Company

    The purpose of Pangea Dance Company is to provide the Pitzer community with an active dance crew and to act as an outlet for creative expression through dance. This is a club for dedicated, talented dancers with a passion for hip-hop.


    Lead Dance Coordinator: Eemon Tizpa

    Facebook Page

    Charter

  • Peer Health Educators (PHE)

    PHE works to foster an inclusive and educational environment for students from all backgrounds to engage in practicing and maintaining holistic wellness and healthy balanced lifestyles. The organization educates and engages the student body through events, movie screenings, speakers, and retreats.


    Point-Person: Nikki Bansal ’19

    Facebook Page

    Charter

  • Photography Club
    Pitzer Photography Club is a resource for students who want to explore photography outside of the Claremont Colleges. The club provides a space to discuss current trends in photography as well as provide resources for students to exhibit their own work.

    President: Clint Isom ’20

    Facebook Page

    Constitution

  • Pitzer Activities Committee (PAct)
    PAct is a student-run programming board at Pitzer College that organizes a variety of on-campus events and off-campus adventures, including our weekly late night snack event.. The organization plans and funds events, both on and off campus, and creates alternative programming that offers “substance free” options for students who wish to be involved in a vibrant student culture.

    Presidents: Krystle Yu ’19, Jan Bragado

    Website

    Charter

  • Pitzer Climbing Club (PCC)

    Pitzer Climbing Club is an interdisciplinary club that promotes the values of student engagement and environmental sustainability through the teaching of climbing and the building of its community. PCC makes climbing a more accessible sport by reimbursing part or all, depending on need, of the money required to join Hanger 18, a climbing gym in Upland.


    President: Zach Weiss

    Facebook Page

    Charter

  • Pitzer Dialogue Initiative (PDI)

    PDI is a space within the Pitzer community where students can have productive dialogues surrounding student and world issues. It organizes forums to discuss issues where students can learn strategies for conflict mediation, and where participants come to better understand views different from their own. Any and all groups are welcome, and the club is politically neutral.


    President: Elinor Aspegren

    Charter

  • Pitzer Electrical Society

    Pitzer College Electrical Society brings Electronic Dance Music from around the globe to the Pitzer community. It also gives Pitzer musicians a place to showcase their talents.


    President: Cameron Coe ’20

    Facebook Page

    Charter

  • Pitzer Faith Community

    The Pitzer Faith Community exists to provide a safe environment for any student or faculty to investigate faith, build community and serve their community. The organization strives to inspire personal and communal growth in love for people and God through service projects, random acts of kindness as well as increasing the diversity of the campus. The Pitzer Faith Community is part of the Claremont Christian Fellowship.


    President: Peter Leung ’19

    Website

    Charter

  • Pitzer International Student Association (PISA)

    The Pitzer International Student Association supports international students in finding a community among people who come from different places around the world but are united by being in an unfamiliar environment and culture. This organization provides a space for students to explore their international identity and how it intersects with identities in the United States.


    President: Arman Ahmed ’19

    Facebook Page

    Charter

  • Pitzer Outdoor Activities (POA)

    POA is a forum to discuss, plan, and facilitate activities relating to the outdoors and outdoor activities. The organization’s mission is to foster respect and understanding for nature and our relationship with nature, to help Pitzer students meet and make friendships with other students, faculty, and alumni interested in outdoor activities, and push limits with the utmost safety for those involved. POA activities include, but are not limited to hiking, rock climbing, backpacking, surfing, canoeing, skateboarding, snowboarding, skiing, mountain biking, and all other activities that create a strong link with people and the outdoors.


    President: Natalie Mark

    Website

    Charter

     

  • Pitzer Tabletop Roleplaying Games Club (PZTRPG)

    PZTRPG is a student organization which attempts to give resources to those wishing to play tabletop roleplaying games. The club primarily focuses on the roleplaying game “Dungeons and Dragons” but other Tabletop Role Playing games are available.


    President: Taren Bouwman

    Facebook Page

    Charter

     

  • Pre-Hospital Certification Club

    Pitzer Pre-Hospital Certification Club assists students in completing a multitude of prehospital certification programs. Including but not limited to, EMT, lifeguard, and basic CPR certification.


    President: Marcus Hofer-Curl ’18

    Charter

  • Rainbow People Collaborative

    Rainbow People is Pitzer’s LGBTQQIAAP and everything in between and beyond identity group. It is a community-forming group that seeks to create an open and inclusive space for students who want to discuss sexual identity, gender, and other forms of queer identity and culture and provide interpersonal and communal support for queer students. Meetings rotate between facilitated discussions and club bonding activities.


    President: Krystle Yu ’19

    Facebook Page

    Charter

     

  • Respectacle at Pitzer

    Respectacle of Pitzer exists to re-purpose used, quality prescription glasses by re-distributing them to underserved communities worldwide.


    President: Christopher Santilli

    Charter

  • Shakedown Café

    The Shakedown Café is a student founded and managed restaurant and community space serving delicious, locally sourced meals that are both environmentally and socially sustainable in a venue of art, music and creative energy.


    Website

    Shakedown Manifesto

  • Stitch and Bitch
    Stitch and Bitch is a place for beginner knitters to learn a new skill or experienced knitters to further develop their talent.

    President: Erin Sullivan ’19, Ingrid Topp-Johnson

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  • Student Investment Club

    The Student Investment Club teaches students to intelligently manage investment monies, and to make decisions in a fair, quantitative, and risk-minded way. The organization manages the Student Investment Fund.


    President: Marcus Hofer-Curl ’18

    Charter

  • Students in Business

    Students in Business strives to promote career activities, provide opportunities, and create interest for finance and accounting, while also promoting the importance for basic knowledge in these fields.


    President: Laura Nicklas’19

    Charter

  • The Otherside

    The Otherside Literary and Art journal is a publication founded by Pitzer students in 1979, and refounded in 2017. It publishes student art and writing, including photography, drawing, opinion pieces, fiction, etc…


    Presidents: Emily Sender ’20, Izzy Manson ’20, Sean Clark ’20

    Charter

  • Tutors for a Cause

    Members of Tutors for a Cause tutor and mentor the children and grandchildren of the Dining Hall, Facilities and Maintenance staff of Pitzer College, giving them the opportunity to become accustomed to higher education and its accessibility.


    President: Lauren Churchwell

    Facebook Page

    Charter

     


Student Councils

  • Hall Councils

    Hall councils represent their residence halls, plan events for their residents, and help maintain and improve living spaces on campus. Hall Councils typically elect officers near the beginning of the academic year, and are advised by a residence director. Visit each hall council’s Facebook page to stay up to date on what’s happening in your residence hall.


    Pitzer, Atherton, and Sanborn (PAS) Hall Council

    Facebook Page


    West, East, and Skandera (WES) Hall Council

    Facebook Page


    Mead Hall Council

    Facebook Page

  • New Resources Student (NRS) Council

    The New Resources Student Council represents the New Resources Students (NRS) of Pitzer College. The council works to ensure that the NRS voice is heard at Pitzer College and Student Senate and to create a sense of community.


    Facebook Page


To learn more about other student clubs and organizations at the Claremont Colleges, visit these web pages for additional information: