Office of Black Student Affairs
Serving The Claremont Colleges
Office Closure in response to the COVID-19 Global Epidemic
We regret to inform the communities we serve that OBSA’s physical locations are closed effective March 13, 2020 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. We are saddened that the year has ended abruptly, and that for some, the culmination of their years of effort at the colleges will likely end without formal celebration or ceremony. We are continuing with programming and communication with the many students, staff and faculty we serve during our physical absence.
In the event of questions or an emergency, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Calls to the office (909) 607-3669 and other requests will be forward to the Deans’ personal phones during the campuswide closures, effective March 17.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and are working to preserve the safety of our student communities during a time of much uncertainty.
OBSA’S VIRTUAL PROGRAMMING, SPRING & SUMMER 2020
BLACK GRADUATION ZOOM KEYNOTE (VIDEO NOW AVAILABLE)
THURSDAY MAY 14, 1-1:45pm PT, 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
OBSA PEER MENTORSHIP
OBSA Peer Mentorship is planning a virtual start date in late fall with dates to be confirmed and matching will be 1:1.
PEER MENTOR RECRUITMENT (applications accepted now through August 2020)
We encourage students who wish to mentor in the 2020-2021 academic year to apply here and expect to be contacted for selection and assigned mentee over the summer We encourage existing groups (for the 2019-2020 academic year) to remain in contact and in support during the COVID-19 crisis as students are able.
MENTEE RECRUITMENT (applications accepted June-September 2020)
Incoming students to any 5C College can apply to OBSA Mentorship starting in June 2020. The application will be posted here and on the OBSA Mentorship webpage on June 1.
OBSA ALUMNI-STUDENT MENTORING
Our virtual alumni-student matching program will operate normally, and accepts alumni and student participants yearlong on a rolling basis. Visit the OBSA Alumni Engagement webpage for more information.
OBSA FROM HOME: Monthly Newsletter during campus closure
Resources, information and monthly reminders during the campus closure.
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 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.
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.
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:
OBSA Programs and Services
- Identity-based workshops
- Skill-building activities
- Arts engagement activities
- Student organizational support
- Professional/career workshops
- Heritage month programming and other monthly celebrations
- Collaborative partnerships with 7C colleges, departments and organizations
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