Contact OBSA

Phone | (909) 607-3669
Email | obsa@claremont.edu
Hours | Monday-Friday 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Office of Black Student Affairs
139 E. Seventh St.
Claremont, CA, 91711

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Office of Black Student Affairs (OBSA)

Welcome to OBSA! The Office of Black Student Affairs (OBSA) is a cultural center and service unit within The Claremont Colleges Services. On behalf of The Claremont Colleges, OBSA is dedicated to providing support, resources and space for students of African descent to feel safe, valued, informed and connected. OBSA offers a range of programming on behalf of enrolled 7C students of African descent, faculty, staff and allies. Our key service areas include identity-based workshops, skill building activities, mentoring, arts engagement activities, student organizational support, professional/career development workshops, the sharing of 7C resources and referrals, heritage-month programming and other celebrations, and collaborative partnerships with 7C colleges, departments and organizations. OBSA’s physical locations are currently closed in response to the threat of coronavirus. As such, swipe access to the OBSA main house and bungalow is suspended and our staff will be on a telecommuting schedule, and available to respond to inquiries and requests as they are received, whether via zoom, email or phone. For the 2020-2021 academic year, OBSA is excited to offer virtual events and activities among the many ways we intend to remain connected to our communities.

Upcoming Events

OBSA Programs and Events

OBSA Peer Mentorship

OBSA Peer Mentorship

OBSA Alumni-Student Mentoring

Alumni Engagement

Black History Month

Black Intersections Conference

Black Intersections Conference

Black Grad

Black Graduation

Black Grad

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration

OBSA Services

We stand with the global protests against police brutality and in support of Black lives. We hope all who choose to participate in protests in person are able to preserve their safety and are connected to avenues for relief and legal information. For those sharing information and engaging in discussions, please be mindful of sources interchangeably linking protesting to violence and looting with intention to discredit the aims of the movement. Consider the ways in which Black people engaging in any form of protest are and historically have been over policed, surveilled and the target of violent reprisal from police and civilian forces. If you’re participating in discussions with others around the Black Lives Matter movement, read the publicly accessible information about the organizations’ platform (blacklivesmatter.org) as well as the numerous organizations mobilizing on behalf of Black lives through activism, litigation, monitoring hate groups and sharing resources (Southern Poverty Law center, splcenter.org).

Learn the ways media and other institutions consistently underline white supremacist rthetoric while supporting sensationalist misrepresentations of Black people in general, particularly those who engage in uprisings against oppressive regimes. OBSA supports a nuanced and contextual understanding of global anti-blackness and the ways police and the military are deployed as part of a larger project of Black subjugation.

We are committed to the safety and well-being of our community members and stand in solidarity with those involved in justice movements. We call for an end to state sanctioned genocide, unjust deaths and lack of legal recourse perpetuated against Black people.

In solidarity,

Lydia Middleton, Dean of Black Student Affairs
On behalf of OBSA

Stay up to date with OBSA by reading our newsletter. The publication informs our communities about upcoming events, fellowships and jobs, features special initiatives and partnerships, and highlights a range of student-centered opportunities across the 7 colleges.

Sign up here to receive our monthly newsletter and electronic announcements about our upcoming events.  Here are previous OBSA newsletters:

OBSA From Home Vol I  | May: Graduation Issue
OBSA From Home Vol 2 | June: For Black Lives
OBSA From Home Vol 3 | July: Black Student Voices and Movements
OBSA From Home Vol 4 | August: End of Summer Issue
OBSA From Home Vol 5 | September: Welcome Issue

Each year, OBSA publishes The Black Book to assist students in identifying essential services and faculty and staff of African descent at The Claremont Colleges. The Black Book supports students in connecting to communities of African descent at The Claremont Colleges and beyond, including listings of local Black owned and Black Alumni-owned businesses. Students can easily locate and access health and wellness related services, as well as shared service resources across the colleges.

The book is updated yearly and printed copies are made available to participants in the OBSA Mentorship Program.

View all publications of the Black Book by clicking the links below:

BlackBook 2019-2020

BlackBook 2018-2019

BlackBook 2017-2018

OBSA is pleased to partner with the folowing groups and departments to broaden the experience for The Claremont Colleges Students.

OBSA Affiliations



Student Organizations

Administrative Departments

  • Chicano Latino Student Affairs (TCCS/7C)
  • CARE Center (Claremont McKenna College)
  • Queer Resource Center (lead campus Pomona College)
  • Scripps Communities of Resources and Empowerment
  • Office of Institutional Diversity (Harvey Mudd College)
  • Draper Center for Community Partnerships (Pomona College)
  • Student Life, Diversity and Leadership (Claremont Graduate University)
  • Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Scripps Public Events and Community Programs


Departments and Organizations

If you are from an office or department that wishes to collaborate with OBSA or request a workshop facilitated by our staff, we have developed a set of guidelines to assist in this process. Please see the attached OBSA Workshop Request Procedure to learn more, and arrange a time to talk with our staff about your initiative. Please email completed requests to our office.


Are you a faculty member who wants to get involved with OBSA to connect students to your scholarship or other opportunities? Read our letter to faculty and learn more about how OBSA plans to incorporate and highlight the work of faculty that connects students to learning, mentoring, research and other educational opportunities from various 7C academic departments. Click here to complete our faculty outreach survey!

When in person classes become available, OBSA offers students, faculty and staff enrolled and/or employed at The Colleges permission to use the center after hours (7 days a week, 7am-11pm). OBSA is open for public use M-F, 9am-12pm and 1pm-4:30pm.

1. Download the OBSA Card Swipe and Space Use Agreement

2. Apply for Swipe Access

Swipe access carries over each year until employment or enrollment is completed, no need to renew an access form. Access may be suspended or limited if policy rules are not kept. Request to reserve space in OBSA by email.

View the BLACK GRADUATION ZOOM KEYNOTE with Dr. Eileen Wilson- Oyelaran (POM ’69 and CGU ’77)

This year’s keynote is dedicated to the life and work of Dr. Agnes Moreland Jackson (1930-2020) and the graduating class of 2020. Join us for an inspiring message from our 50th anniversary alumni keynote, Dr. Wilson-Oyelaran.

The keynote and congratulatory videos from Claremont Colleges faculty and staff are available on OBSA’s Black Graduation page

View the webinar: Shifting Narratives–Using Education as a Tool for Protest and DismantlingSystemic Racism

Presented by Harvey Mudd College Office of Institutional Diversity, OBSA and Black Lives at Mudd (BLAM)

This speaker panel from June 2020 discusses pertinent issues for students, faculty and staff as they navigate campus climate during the global responses to police brutality and antiblack racism. Panelists include Dr. Kundai Chirindo (professor, Lewis and Clark College), Dr. Bridget Turner Kelly (Dean, University of Maryland) and Dr. Anna Gonzalez (VPSA, Dean of Students, HMC). Moderated by Lydia Middleton (Dean, Office of Black Student Affairs, TCC). View the panel here