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OBSA Current Programs

Key Initiatives, 2015-2020

    • OBSA Mentorship 
      • (Academic year) OBSA Mentorship is a community for first-year undergraduate students matched with upper-class students across the five undergraduate colleges. 
      • The program runs fall through spring. Mentees are recruited from all five undergraduate colleges over the summer, selected and matched before classes begin. Mentors are interviewed and selected in winter/spring.
      • Mentorship offers an overnight retreat, mentor training and yearlong activities and events to assist in the freshman year transition process.
      • Are you a first-year student of African descent entering The Claremont Colleges this fall and would like a mentor? APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN! Deadline August 16, 2019. Click here for the Mentee Application
    • Black Intersections Conference
      • (Annual; spring) Since 2017, Black Intersections is OBSA’s signature academic conference that explores Black issues and themes in an engaging, supportive environment.
      • Students at all 7 Colleges, faculty, staff, alumni, and local/national communities are encouraged to submit work to present and/or attend as a general registrant.
      • With sponsors and community partners at several Claremont Colleges institutions, Black Intersections is collaborative, celebratory and student centered.
    • OBSA Building Partnerships Grant
      • (Academic year) A funding award process open to student organizations or individuals who wish to develop a collaborative project that supports OBSA’s mission.
      • Students meeting the criteria are coached through the program development process and funding amounts varied based on stipulations of the grant, which meets the following goals: 1) incorporating student projects and input into OBSA’s yearly programming 2) providing opportunities to students to fund unique, innovative projects 3) continuing OBSA’s commitment to student engagement and development. Cycles are awarded biannually.
      • For grant information and criteria, email 
      • (Annual; January) A celebration of the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) that occurs each January. A 7C committee chaired by the OBSA dean and a representative from the yearly host institution develops an annual theme and invites a distinguished keynote who underlines Dr. King’s impact and commitment to social justice. 
      • (Annual; February) An annual celebration of Black History at The Claremont Colleges. OBSA collects submitted events from student organizations, departments and units to develop a monthly calendar to highlight and promote student-generated events and those occurring across the colleges.
      • OBSA sponsors several community engagement anchor events for the month, including student-organized art and cultural festivals, a family dinner and faculty keynote, film series, educational events and more.
    • Social lunches and dinners:
      • (Fall and Winter) These are themed meals that occur monthly throughout the academic year. Social lunches occur fall semester, and social dinners occur winter semester.
      • Social lunches target the 7C community and are a way to introduce students, faculty and staff to key TCCS resources, new initiatives in OBSA and 7C resources while offering space for social engagement. Social dinners target students, occur in winter and are tie-ins to OBSA’s monthly campus-wide celebrations and provide an additional community for students.
    • OBSA Arts Engagement program
      • (Academic year) OBSA’s co-curricular arts engagement program connects students to a range of arts-related events, opportunities and initiatives across the colleges and occurs throughout each academic year. OBSA Arts Engagement program offers a series of outcome-based campus performances, local outings, presentations and calls for submissions to promote student cultural, social and educational development and self-expression, as well as support exposure to campus and local arts initiatives.
    • OBSA Alternative Spring Break program
      • (Annual; March) Known as OBSA Black Alternabreak, this is a service trip for undergraduate students of African descent, connecting enrolled 5C students to Black communities in California beyond The Claremont Colleges. Black Alternabreak is a service-based model for students to examine issues of access, environment and marginalization and take measures toward resolving social problems affecting people of African descent locally. The outings occur over spring break and include discussion-based activities, community renewal projects and engagement with local activist groups. Presented in collaboration with the Pomona College Draper Center for Community Partnerships.
      • (Annual; May) OBSA’s jointly held graduation and service awards ceremony honors graduates from The Claremont Colleges in all degree programs. Featuring an alumni keynote, OBSA and community-nominated distinctions, graduate recognition and post-event luncheon for attendees. Graduates receive complimentary kente stoles. Calls for registration begin in March each year.