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Office of Black Student Affairs

Serving The Claremont Colleges

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 programs, services and activities 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 monthly celebrations, and collaborative partnerships with 7C colleges, departments and organization. 

OBSA Swipe Access and Space Use

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. Download the OBSA Card Swipe and Space Use Agreement before completing the online form for OBSA building access. Access carries over each year until a person is no longer employed at or enrolled at the colleges, so no need to renew an access form. Access may be suspended or limited if policy rules are not kept. To reserve space for meetings or events, you must email requests to Latreace dot Cox at claremont dot edu.

OBSA Newsletters

Stay up to date with OBSA by reading our news. 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.

Fall 2018

Winter 2019 

Spring 2019

OBSA CLSA Joint Anniversary Newsletter Fall 2019

Winter 2020

OBSA’s Black Book: A resource guide for students of African descent at The Claremont Colleges.

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 20182019

BlackBook 20172018

BlackBook 20192020

OBSA Programs and Services

  • Identity-based workshops
  • Skill-building activities
  • Mentoring
  • Arts engagement activities
  • Student organizational support
  • Professional/career workshops
  • Heritage month programming and other monthly celebrations
  • Collaborative partnerships with 7C colleges, departments and organizations

Subscribe to OBSA!

Sign up here to receive our monthly newsletter and electronic announcements about our upcoming events.