Contact the 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

Downloadable OBSA Fact Sheet PDF

Meet the OBSA Staff

Lydia Middleton, Dean and Director

I provide leadership to the Office of Black Student Affairs and work with the staff to deliver meaningful services to The Claremont Colleges. I began my role in July of 2015. I received my B.A. from Wellesley College and completed my graduate studies in English language and literature at the University of Michigan, where I began my career in higher education.

Dr. Latreace Cox, Assistant Dean

I was born and raised in Pomona and graduated from Montclair High School. I attended Chaffey College and transferred to the University of Southern California, where I ran cross country and track and field for the Trojans. I received a B.A. and M.S. from USC and Ed.D. from Azusa Pacific University.

Cleopatre Thelus, doctoral fellow (CGU)

Alumni Engagement and Academic Development: I am currently building relationships and networks with Black students throughout the colleges, as well as expanding culturally competent and efficient resources for Black students at The Claremont Colleges. My primary focus is developing an alumni network including directing the alumni-student mentoring initiative and designing alumni engagement activities, serving as the scholarship chair for the annual Black Intersections conference and providing learning, identity and cultural based programming. At CGU, I am a doctoral student studying basic and applied social psychology and evaluation.

Esmé Taylor, doctoral fellow (CGU)

Mentorship Program manager and Service Learning: Esmé received an MA and MBA from CGU (Women’s studies and Drucker School of Management respectively) and is currently pursuing doctoral studies in Organizational Behavior. She manages OBSA’s 5C peer-peer mentoring program, co-leads OBSA’s 5C Black Alternabreak and develops programming to engage and support incoming students and the campuses as a whole.

John West, undergraduate fellow (Pomona)

Student Outreach and Leadership: John is a current Pomona student studying Sociology, Educational Policy and Social Reform. John develops content for OBSA’s publications and online platforms, conducts outreach to 7C BSUs and Black affinity groups, supports the Ambassador program and builds leadership engagement opportunities for students.