Scripps adds caste as a protected category in discrimination policies

In a first at the Claremont Colleges, caste is now a protected category as part of Scripps College’s discrimination and harassment policies

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5C Black student organizations continue uplifting student experiences

Looking back on their journeys leading 5C Black student organizations, Paris Primm PZ ’22 and Sydney Catherine Jackson SC ’23 affirm the need for more institutional support.

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Before Inside-Out and PAYS, Danny Wilks PO ’71 brought activism into the community

Teaching partnerships between incarcerated people in California and the 5Cs might seem like a recent development. But in the late 1960s, student members of Pomona College’s Black Studies Center developed an educational program for prisoners in Chino, led by BSU founder Danny Wilks PO ’71. 

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‘Faculty and student silence means nothing less than passive consent’: Chronicling the fight for a Black Studies Center in Claremont

The 1960s were an eventful time for Black students at the 5Cs. Until 1967, they didn’t have a Black Student Union, which eventually came to fruition largely because of the efforts of Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran PO ’69, John Payton PO ’73 and Danny Wilks PO ’71. 

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From Claremont to the Supreme Court: John Payton’s PO ’73 search for knowledge and justice

Well before he was tackling some of the most monumental affirmative action cases before the Supreme Court, John Payton PO ’73 was advocating for the rights of Black students at the 5Cs. 

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From Black student admissions to Black-centered curriculum, Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran PO ‘69 paved the way

From Compton to Claremont to Kalamazoo, Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran PO ’69 has been a trailblazer in the field of education her entire life. What started as activism in her teenage years only grew stronger as an undergraduate at Pomona College, carrying through in her years in Nigeria and as president of Kalamazoo College.

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Galactic collisions: What Jorge Moreno’s research on dark matter can help us discover about making life better on Earth

Understanding the complexities of the universe? That’s a tall order for most people. But Jorge Moreno, an assistant professor of astronomy at Pomona College, isn’t just helping discover alternate forms of galaxies across the universe — they’re also using those discoveries to think more deeply about life right here on Earth.

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Edray Goins on being a Black mathematician, building community and confronting racism in academia

In 2017, Edray Goins, then a tenured professor of mathematics at Purdue University, wrote in a widely circulated blog post: “I hate working at research universities.”  He was tired of his colleagues viewing teaching as a punishment. And he was done being the “only one” — the only Black mathematician

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