Office of Institutional Diversity (OID), Platt Campus Center

OID webpages

Headed by Sumun Pendakur, associate dean for Institutional Diversity, and Angelica Ibarra, assistant dean for Institutional Diversity, the OID serves as the hub of campus diversity and social justice education and as an additional resource for students, faculty and staff. This office coordinates campus diversity planning with a variety of committees and provides funding for cultural programs sponsored by student clubs. The OID also hosts the Summer Institute, an intensive, four-week summer residential experience for new students.

Asian and Pacific Islander Sponsor Program at Mudd (API SPAM)

API SPAM provides support for new Asian American and Pacific Islander students through peer sponsorship and targeted enrichment activities. The group offers informal peer guidance during the first year of transition to HMC. It also hosts a welcome program during the on-campus admitted students program and Orientation, as well as regularly scheduled social/cultural trips off-campus. Contact information is available through the Dean of Students Office.

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

Founded in 2003, the HMC NSBE chapter develops programs for increasing Black and other ethnic minority participation in the fields of engineering, science and mathematics. Contact the Office of Institutional Diversity for more information.


PRISM, People Respecting Individuals’ Sexualities at Mudd, is HMC’s queer-straight alliance. Chartered by ASHMC in the fall of 1999, PRISM meetings provide a comfortable gathering place for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and straight students, faculty and staff to meet and discuss the LGBTQ experience. The group works to make Mudd a place where all people are welcomed, safe and respected, regardless of their sexuality and/or gender identity. PRISM, while specific to HMC, has ties to the other 5-C LGBT organizations, including the Queer Resource Center and its Queer, Questioning and Allied Mentor Program (QQAMP). Contact the Dean of Students Office for more information.

Society of Professional Latinos in STEM (SPLS)

Formerly known as the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, SPLS promotes the development of Latinos in science, technology, engineering and science to achieve educational excellence, economic opportunity and social equity. SPLS empowers the Hispanic community to advance in the STEM fields by inspiring the next generation to realize their potential. Contact the Office of Institutional Diversity for more information.

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

It is SWE’s mission to encourage women to achieve their full potential in careers as engineers and leaders and to demonstrate the value of diversity. SWE also hopes to expand the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving the
quality of life for all. The HMC chapter of SWE hosts professional and social programs for all engineering students. It also sponsors a daylong program for high school girls to experience science, mathematics and engineering education on HMC’s campus. SWE’s contact information is available through the Department of Engineering.

Asian-American Resource Center, Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth Street

Asian-American Resource Center website

Pomona College’s Asian-American Resource Center provides programs and services for Pomona’s Asian-American students and their guests. Established in 1991, the center offers various forms of assistance for students. It also organizes and sponsors cultural and educational programs.

Chicano Latino Student Affairs Center (CLSA), Tranquada Center, 757 N. College Way

CLSA website

The CLSA serves as the center for Chicano academic and social activities for The Claremont Colleges and offers academic and personal services such as counseling, advising, career planning, freshman orientation and cultural activities.

The CLSA is a 5-College organization providing interested students with the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the depth and breadth of Hispanic culture. The CLSA specifically strives to encourage enrollment of Chicano students; provide support services; and promote unity, pride and diversity within The Claremont Colleges community. For more information, contact the Chicano Latino Student Affairs Center.

Queer Resource Center (QRC), Walton Commons, 395 E. Sixth Street

QRC website

The QRC provides outreach and resources to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning students of The Claremont Colleges. It has a library of books and information regarding resources in the L.A.-area and beyond. Its services include bringing guest speakers to campus, showing films and organizing events concerning gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual issues. The QRC is staffed daily, especially in the evenings. Everyone is welcome.

Office of Black Student Affairs (OBSA), 139 E. Seventh Street

OBSA website

The Office of Black Student Affairs addresses the educational needs of students of African descent. The office, through its cultural programs and academic services, seeks to create a supportive environment for students that will help them attain their undergraduate and graduate degrees. OBSA also hopes to help students develop emotional autonomy, coping skills, feelings of self worth and independence, a positive ethnic identity, mature relationships with peers, appropriate educational plans, mature career paths and a responsible lifestyle.

The Office of Black Student Affairs is committed to diversity. All of its programs and services are open to all students of The Claremont Colleges. It sponsors numerous activities, which include the New Students Retreat, Black History Month programs, leadership training, cross cultural programs, speakers series, poetry readings and other programs to enhance students’ interpersonal skills.

International Place (I-Place), Heggblade Student Center, 400 E. Ninth Street

I-Place website

International Place is a 5-College student center comprising a network of students, faculty, staff and community people. I-Place is located on the CMC campus with a lounge that is open weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You are encouraged to drop by at any time for conversation or company. Donald Delgado, director, serves as HMC’s international student advisor.

Office of the Chaplains, McAlister Center, 919 N. Columbia

Office of the Chaplains website

The Claremont Colleges community is served by an interfaith chaplaincy—Catholic, Jewish and Protestant. The Office of the Chaplains is located in the McAlister Center for Religious Activities at Tenth Street and Columbia Avenue. There is a full schedule of weekday and Sabbath worship, as well as study and social programs sponsored by student organizations. The center also provides a 24-hour meditation chapel, lounge and library. Counseling and referral services are available through appointment.