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Harvey Mudd College

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
301 Platte Ave.
Claremont, California 91711
Phone
(909) 621-8000
Email address
info@hmc.edu
School Information
Harvey Mudd College, the nation’s top liberal arts college of engineering, science and mathematics, was chartered in December 1955. Two years later, in 1957, when the Space Race made technical education a priority in the United States, the College opened its doors. The founders’ vision—to attract the nation’s brightest students and offer them a rigorous scientific and technological education coupled with a strong curricular emphasis in the humanities and social sciences—has been successfully realized and expanded. In 1963, the College initiated the nationally recognized Clinic Program, which allows student teams to solve problems posed by sponsoring industry, government and nonprofit organizations. The emphasis on undergraduate research for all students has led to Harvey Mudd graduates earning PhD degrees in science and engineering at one of the highest rates in the nation. Number of students: 893. Gender ratio: 50 percent female, 50 percent male. Student-to-faculty ratio: 8:1.
General Information
Social Justice Clinic: Like many college students, Harvey Mudd students are concerned about social justice, and look for ways to apply their skills in ways that can support societal inequities and the threats to our natural world that impact us all. In 2018, the college launched a program to commit to two Social Justice Clinics each year to provide technical support to community-based organizations working in areas including educational, environmental, economic and social justice.

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The OID is providing several seminars and programs such as the "WOKEshop Series."
  • In the summer of 2022, students attended the OID's "Summer Institute." Those who were invited were notified that they "would benefit from having additional time to learn about the culture and resources at HMC."
  • Diversity Educational Programming at the college includes the "Anti-Racist Series" which is a "speaker series focused on the intersections of anti-racism and STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, Math]."
Resources
  • The Office of Institutional Diversity hosts a lecture series called Power of Your Voice.
  • Harvey Mudd, in 2018, committed to two Social Justice Clinics per year.
  • The Office of Institutional Diversity (OID) held the “On Becoming an Anti-Racist Institution: Implications for College and University Educators" event in 2020.
  • The OID hosted the “Challenging Complicity in Anti-Blackness” event in March 2021.
  • During the 2020-2021 academic year, the Folger Institute at Harvey Mudd College presented "Critical Race Conversations" and stated the following: "Racial injustice has been and continues to be systemic and damaging. Today, premodern critical race studies scholars are offering new insights into the prehistory of modern racialized thinking and racism. They are helping to create anti-racist spaces. And they are furthering an overdue and necessary push towards reinvigorated investigations, innovative teaching agendas, and social and political activism, all with the goal of creating a more just, inclusive academy and society."
  • The Office of Institutional Diversity at Harvey Mudd "develops, promotes, and supports a welcoming environment for underrepresented students, faculty, and staff in STEM by providing transformative and educational learning experiences."
  • Diversity Educational Programming at the college includes the "Affinity Group Leadership Retreat" which is for students who are passionate about social justice. Students will "engage in workshops and activities that foster effective community organizing and leadership strategies."
  • The Division of Student Affairs at Harvey Mudd values "Inclusive Communities" and "foster[s] a welcoming environment by educating across identities and celebrating communities through awareness, allyship, and action."
Symbolic Actions
  • On June 24, 2020, the President and college administrators issued a statement titled "Addressing Systemic Racism" which reads in part as follows: "Black Lives Matter. We condemn these senseless killings. We condemn police violence. We condemn the crushing sense of injustice that we feel when we hear these stories day in and day out. We believe that no Black person should be afraid of a traffic stop, of a jog in their own—or any—neighborhood, or of just sitting in their own home. But they are. And it is incredibly challenging for those of us who are not Black—who’ve never experienced that fear for a single moment in our lives—to even remotely comprehend what that is like. To understand that for some members of our community, this is everyday life. And it has got to stop."
Last updated October 31st, 2023
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