Chicano Latino Student Affairs (CLSA) provides enrichment programs and services that enhance the academic success and personal development of Chicanx/Latinx students at The Claremont Colleges. Our office offers academic support, personal guidance, graduate/professional school advice, cultural enrichment and leadership opportunities. We strive to promote programming that establishes a strong foundation in order to ensure success at The Claremont Colleges.
A three-day community building experience that strengthens social and cultural ties. Located in a rustic mountain setting (with all the modern amenities), the retreat is an invaluable opportunity for all participants to interact and build friendships. Team-building activities such as sponsor-led sessions, campfires, volleyball, nature hikes and crystal-clear mountain evenings under the stars are enjoyed by all. New students begin the academic year invigorated and with a strong sense of belonging within the Chicano/Latino college community.
Parents weekend is hosted by each of the five undergraduate colleges. CLSA hosts a welcome reception for parents and families on the Friday before festivities begin to welcome families into the space.
Bring the student community together on a regular basis for social and cultural interaction. Friendships are fostered in an easygoing, casual dining atmosphere.
A time to relax and refresh, study breaks are a great opportunity to visit with other students while taking a few moments away from the books. CLSA is happy to host a number of study breaks during the year.
Chicano Latino Graduation
A celebration that includes a bilingual ceremony and reception for seniors, graduate students and their families. This celebration is coordinated by a committee of undergraduate and graduate students who wish to honor and highlight the achievements of Chicano and Latino students.
Alumni Sessions and Panels
Sessions provide an opportunity for undergraduates to meet with alumni to discuss careers, postgraduate perspectives, and build networks for professional growth and development.
Sponsors are returning students whose goal is to mentor the incoming class with the transition to college life. The sponsor serves as a supportive resource person through the freshman year. The CLSA Sponsor application for the 2020-2021 school year will be available in early March.
Graduate Student Brown Bag Series
As a resource to students from Claremont Graduate University (CGU) and Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) CLSA hosts a graduate brown-bag lunch series during the academic year. The workshops take place in a conducive and supportive environment in which graduate students present their research to their peers as a means of receiving constructive feedback. This is a wonderful opportunity for scholarly development and intellectual growth.
Chapbook “Almas Unidas: Nuestra Visión”
The Chapbook serves as a medium for students to have their original poetry, short stories, essays, monologues and art work submitted for publication. The book is published in the spring semester.
Dolores Huerta Leadership Gala Planning Committee
Students assist in planning and implementation of this event where student leaders are recognized for their community service both on- and off-campus. The Dolores Huerta Leadership Gala is the culminating event of the César Chávez Commemoration.
Chicano Latino Graduation Planning Committee
This celebration is coordinated by a committee of undergraduate and graduate students who wish to honor and highlight the achievements of Chicano Latino students.
Latino Heritage Month
A calendar of events that celebrates the cultural heritage of Chicanos and Latinos. Films, speakers, lectures and social events all constitute the five-college celebration held in the fall semester.
Día de los Muertos Celebration
CLSA celebrates this festive occasion that honors those who have passed away, while also celebrating the continuation of life. With an emphasis on joy rather than sadness, Día de los Muertos comes alive with vibrant colors as an altar is adorned with photographs, candles, fruit, bread, orange marigolds, bright papel picado (paper cut-outs), sugar skulls and many treasured belongings.
César Chávez Commemoration
Celebrates the life and accomplishments of the founder of the United Farm Workers Union. Speakers, lectures, dinners and musical events are all part of the extensive five-college celebration.
These outings are planned to complement relevant issues to the Chicano/Latino community and CLSA programming.
Feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe
An annual celebration in honor of La Virgin de Guadalupe, the Patroness Saint of the Americas, co-hosted every December with the Chaplain’s Office. The commemoration includes a mass with music, followed by a traditional meal. In addition to being a spiritual event, this is also a cultural celebration throughout the Americas. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Students are able to participate in a variety of different art workshops and activities throughout each semester. The art workshops celebrate Latino culture in different ways and provide students stress relief.
Guest Speakers and Lecturers
The academic year is augmented with speakers addressing important issues to students and the Chicano/Latino community. During the 18-19 school year we invited, musicians, poets, authors, doctors and lawyers to present to our students on a variety of topics.
CLSA partners with the Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services department to offer students at the 7 colleges free workshops and drop-in mental health services.
Graduate and Professional Schools Success Series
Graduate school application workshop
Advice for graduate school (by appointment only)
Statement of purpose workshop
How to successfully apply for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship
Medical school application advising
1960’s: Striving for Representation
In 1969 the Mexican-American Studies Center was established as a result of Chicano student movement. The Council of Presidents designated the center as a central program in February 1969. The center included both an academic and a student affairs component. The first director of the center was Ron Lopez who had oversight upon the faculty and staff. Augustina (Tina) Lopez Snideman was appointed dean of students and was responsible for student programming. The first center was located in a small house on Dartmouth Avenue and 11th Street.
1970’s: Being Part of the Social Fabric at the Claremont Colleges
In the fall of 1971, the Mexican-American Studies Center became the Chicano Studies Center. Funding was on a year-to-year basis. Ed Quevedo, the second director, provided the leadership and guidance that firmly established the center. In the 1970’s, there was a significant increase in the enrollment of Chicano students. As the student numbers increased so did the activities and student programs created by the center. In response, an additional program coordinator position was recommended for the Chicano Studies Center. By 1973, the center was housed in the basement of the McAlister Center.
In 1980, the student affairs component and the faculty were officially established as individual departments. The student component became the Chicano Student Affairs Center and the staff included a director/dean as the chief administrative officer, an assistant dean and an administrative assistant. The academic component became the Intercollegiate Department of Chicano Studies (IDCS) with a faculty chair.
In 1998, under the TCCS leadership of Mr. Mitch Dorger, the center was moved from the basement of the McAlister Center to a new location on the corner of 7th Street and College Way. The Student Deans Committee (SDC), in conjunction with the Council of The Claremont Colleges, endorsed the focus on academic support and retention as the mission for Chicano/Latino Student Affairs (CLSA).
CLSA moved to the Smith Campus Center in the summer of 2004 and was housed there for one year, while its permanent home was under construction. During the 2004–05 academic year, CLSA went through an extensive program review process. The review resulted in a new direction for CLSA that emphasized more social/cultural programming. CLSA added a significant number of social/cultural activities such as the Latino Heritage Month celebration and the Cesar Chavez Commemoration program. The CLSA Sponsor Program, lectures, alumni sessions, workshops, community lunches and leadership development programs highlight the program offerings. CLSA moved to its permanent location on the second floor of the Tranquada Student Services Center in the summer of 2005.
Since its establishment in 1969, Chicano/Latino Student Affairs has played an integral role in the lives and experiences of Chicano/Latino students in Claremont. Chicano Latino students comprise a thriving and vibrant community that reflects the diversity of the fastest growing group in the U.S. CLSA promotes the concept of “familia” within the Chicano/Latino community and encourages the educational goals of students.
2010-Present: The Shift
Student and Alumni Highlights
Café con Leche
Café con Leche seeks to provide a forum for the discussion of social, political and economic issues that affect women, particularly those of Latina descent. We intend to raise awareness of diversity and its implications in our immediate community and surrounding areas. We dedicate ourselves to social justice by developing a critical lens through which we can analyze ourselves and the world. We welcome all members of the Scripps community regardless of racial and cultural heritage to join us in this pursuit.
The Claremont Caballeros (ΣΘΧ)
The Claremont Caballeros (ΣΘΧ) work to create an environment that is inclusive and accepting. ΣΘΧ is a socially, intellectually and politically progressive alliance of students who provide support for other students of color and their allies at The Claremont Colleges, through organizations such as Chicano Latino Student Affairs (CLSA) and Uncommon Good. ΣΘΧ strives to provide a safe space that builds coalitions that affirm and educate about the multi-dimensional, intersectional identities of students of color. This includes but is not limited to race, ethnicity, nation of origin, citizenship, religious affiliation, gender, sexuality, sexual orientation, ability, and socio-economic status. The 2018–19 Officers are Alex B. Delgado, Juan “Johnny” Villaseñor and Jaime Gonzalez-Hernandez.
Empowered Latin@s in Action
Empowered Latin@s in Action (ELA) is an inclusive, student-driven, Pomona-based 5C organization. We strive to equalize opportunities for all Latin@s, as well as other underrepresented groups. As Latin@s, we are united under our pan-ethnic identity but recognize our differences in race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, class, sexual orientation, citizenship, language, ability, etc. We work to bring cultural, social and political awareness and change to the Claremont Colleges and the surrounding communities.
IDEAS at The Claremont Colleges aims to foster a vibrant community for immigrants and help bring increased awareness of immigrant struggles to The Claremont Colleges community. It is the purpose of IDEAS to organize, promote, encourage and further the education of immigrant students by providing social networks, and academic and financial resources to students. IDEAS plans to carry out, foster and advocate for an accessible environment in university education for all immigrants.
La Fe stands for “the faith” and is a shortened version for the Latino Fellowship, which is a ministry of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship focused on reaching and providing a community of faith to Latino students at The Claremont Colleges. We are a non-denominational group of students as we represent students from Catholic to Pentecostal backgrounds and simply love God and want to maintain our faith throughout our college experience. We meet weekly to have bible study, where we read scripture, pray, worship, eat and commune as a familia. There are two La Fe Chapters — one for Pomona-Pitzer and one for CMC-HMC-SC.
Las Claremont Señoritas
Las Claremont Señoritas is a 5C organization that seeks to establish a lasting social network among the female Latino community through a sisterhood that can bring social, emotional and cultural support. Our sisterhood supports and unites Latino women of all backgrounds and interests by holding weekly social gatherings in a safe and comfortable space where Latinas can express themselves while growing and developing character. We believe that by upholding ourselves to a code of morals and standards, we too can grow to be confident contributing members of society.
Latinx Graduate Student Union (CGU)
The Latinx Graduate Student Union also known as LGSU was established in the Fall of 2018 by a group of students from Claremont Graduate University. The LGSU welcomes graduate students from both graduate universities and all disciplines. The mission of the Latinx Graduate Student Union is to support, uplift, and promote the empowerment of graduate students of color at CGU, KGI, and the surrounding 5 colleges.
Latino Student Union (Pitzer)
The purpose of Pitzer’s Latinx Student Union is to establish a bridge of communication between its members and the larger Pitzer community and to empower and promote Latinx cultural awareness through educational and cultural events, as well as grassroots activism. This student-run organization shall provide a forum of current political, cultural, and social awareness, as well as involvement and support in the Latinx community and the surrounding Claremont College community. For additional information contact: Victoria “Tori” Ramirez
¡Mi Gente! (CMC)
¡Mi Gente! hopes to create a welcoming and inclusive community that will support all students who identify as Latinx at CMC in gaining the knowledge and skills necessary to improve their lives and their communities. Mi Gente is open to all interested students regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status. We have events ranging from social, academic, and professional. Our big goal is to be a support network for Latinx students and allies at CMC.
The Claremont College SACNAS Chapter (Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science)
The Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science is dedicated to advancing minorities and their supporters in science. We are a group of individuals interested in quality science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) research, teaching, leadership, and policy. SACNAS Claremont Colleges seeks to help increase and retain the number of minority students seeking degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. It also pursues to increase the awareness of minority students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in the Claremont Colleges through different activities and events.
SPLS (The Society of Professional Latinxs in STEM)
The Society of Professional Latinxs in STEM (SPLS) is the Latinx affinity group based at Harvey Mudd College. The club strives to promote the inclusion, acceptance, and celebration of all Hispanic/Latinx cultures on campus. The club is driven by four pillars, COPA, which stand for Community, Outreach, Professionalism, and the AMIGO mentor program. SPLS strives to encourage students in the community to pursue higher education in STEM while supporting members in achieving their professional goals and connecting with their multi-faceted Latinx identities. SPLS also hopes to collaborate with groups from other marginalized communities in order to promote thinking about intersectionality.