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Claremont McKenna College

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
888 N Columbia Ave
Claremont, California 1711
Phone
(909) 621-8000
Email address
admission@cmc.edu
School Information
"Claremont McKenna College, one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges, prepares students to make a difference. The College educates students for thoughtful and productive lives and roles of responsible leadership through its strong, real-world mission. Admission to the College is need-blind and emphasizes the demonstration of leadership accomplishments. The College attracts a student body that is broadly diverse and accomplished beyond the classroom. "Located on a scenic, tree-lined residential campus 30 miles east of Los Angeles, Claremont McKenna is a member of The Claremont Colleges, a seven-college consortium modeled after Oxford University. CMC students choose from more than 2,200 classes and participate in co-curricular activities with 7,000 other students at Harvey Mudd College, Pitzer College, Pomona College, and Scripps College, as well as the Claremont Graduate University and Keck Graduate Institute. Students have the best of both worlds: the intimacy of a small residential college with small classes and a student-faculty ratio of nine to one, and the shared resources of a larger research university." (Source: https://www.cmc.edu/about)
General Information
Claremont McKenna College has taken steps to change training for staff and students. This year, the college began to require anti-bias and intergroup dialogue training for incoming students and current staff. It is considering adding anti-racism programs for current students. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • Anti-Bias and Intergroup Dialogue Training for Incoming Students and current Staff. Adding Anti-Racism programs for students.
  • On October, 1, 2022, as part of Claremont McKenna’s ImpactCMC 2022 event, the university held an Impact Workshop on the Presidential Initiative on Anti-Racism and the Black Experience.
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • On April 14, 2022, the Claremont McKenna College faculty voted for a proposal for a new Racial-Ethnic Cultural Understanding General Education requirement that was sent to the college Board of Trustees for approval.
Disciplinary Measures
  • The college placed Government professor Christopher Nadon “under investigation for quoting ‘Huckleberry Finn’ during a class discussion of literary censorship” and “removed him from the introductory course he had taught for years.
  • After adjunct literature professor Eva Revesz “taught the book and film versions of ‘The Color Purple,’” the college canceled her classes for the following semester and did not renew her contract. School administrators “strongly urged that she attend a sensitivity training counseling session, which she completed.” However, “as summer got underway, Revesz learned her teaching assignments for the upcoming fall semester were canceled — even though the college had already scheduled the class and assigned a classroom.”
Program and Research Funding
  • The Chief Civil Rights officer highlighted the "Presidential Initiative on Anti-Racism Faculty Fellows program," where the college "selected 15 proposals from faculty members who’ve committed to building capacity within the college to work on anti-racism."
Resources
  • The college library created an "Anti-racism & Black Lives Matter Resources" site.
  • In an interview with Ithaka S&R, the Chief Civil Rights officer said that the school launched the "President’s Initiative on Anti-Racism and the Black Experience," with "steering committees with students, staff, faculty, and alumni."
  • The Center for Teaching and Learning hosted events on "Equity-Minded Advising" and "Black Feminist Pedagogies."
  • The college has a "Faculty Steering Committee for the Presidential Initiative on Anti-Racism and the Black Experience in America."
Symbolic Actions
  • The Alumni Association issued a "Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement," which says, "Through the Alumni Association’s programming, communications, and opportunities for the greater CMC community, we work to combat discrimination in all forms while reinforcing an anti-racist and inclusive culture to which all alumni belong."
  • The Claremont Independent reports, "President of the Associated Students of Claremont McKenna College (ASCMC) announced that ASCMC and the Dean of Students Office (DOS) will host a black-only event at the CARE Center Thursday night." The Claremont Independent also reports that the ASCMC president's "announcement on Instagram stated that Thursday's event would be for 'Black students only!'"
  • The Methodological Examination of Teams Research in Inter-Cultural Settings (METRICS) Laboratory at CMC functions to “maximize the benefits of cultural diversity.”
Last updated October 13th, 2022
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