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Pitzer College is a small, private, liberal arts college located in Claremont, California. The college is the youngest of the undergraduate colleges of the Claremont college system in southern California.Pitzer College was founded in 1963, as a women's college by Russell K. It remained the only women’s college for seven years, until it became co-educational in 1970.Today, the college enrolls about 900 students in more than 40 fields of study. A member of the Claremont Colleges, Pitzer offers a distinctive approach to a liberal education by linking intellectual inquiry with interdisciplinary studies, cultural immersion, social responsibility, and community involvement.

Claremont Colleges

The Claremont Colleges (known colloquially as the 7Cs) are a consortium of seven private institutions of higher education located in Claremont, California, United States. They comprise five undergraduate colleges (the 5Cs) — Pomona College, Scripps College, Claremont McKenna College (CMC), Harvey Mudd College, and Pitzer College — and two graduate schools — Claremont Graduate University (CGU) and Keck Graduate Institute (KGI). All of the members except KGI have adjoining campuses that together cover roughly 1 square mile (2.6 km 2 ).

The consortium was founded in 1925 by Pomona College president James A. Blaisdell, who proposed a collegiate university design inspired by Oxford University. He sought to provide the specialization, flexibility, and personal attention commonly found in small colleges, but with the resources of a large university. [7] The consortium has since grown to roughly 8,500 students [8] and 3,270 faculty and staff, [8] and offers more than 2000 courses every semester. [9] The colleges share a central library, campus safety services, health services, and other resources managed by The Claremont Colleges Services (TCCS). Among the undergraduate schools, there is significant social interaction and academic cross-registration, but each college still maintains a distinct identity. [10] [11] [12]

Admissions to the Claremont Colleges is considered highly selective. [13] For the Class of 2020 admissions cycle, four of the five most selective liberal art colleges in the U.S. by acceptance rate were among the 5Cs, and the remaining college, Scripps, had the second-lowest acceptance rate among women's colleges. [14] The Fiske Guide to Colleges describes the consortium as "a collection of intellectual resources unmatched in America." [15]

Why Choose Pitzer College?

Pitzer College is one of the 7 colleges in the well-renowned consortium of the Claremont Colleges. It is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) to offers quality degree programs to students from all over the world. Some reasons to choose Pitzer College are listed below:

  • Pitzer College gives the student the flexibility to direct their own career and educational paths but allowing them to create their own majors with the help of a counselor
  • All campuses of the Claremont Colleges are within walking distance from each other.
  • It is known for its landscaping and has an auditorium, cafe, health, and wellness center among other educational and recreational facilities on campus.
  • The Ontario Airport is just 15 minutes away from the campus, it also has a shuttle service
  • Pitzer College celebrates cultural diversity and intercultural understanding
  • Pitzer has students coming from different socio-economic, ethnic, and geographic backgrounds
  • There are around 100 student clubs and organizations on campus for the students to participate in, which include: Climbing club, Bowling and Making friends club, Cooking club, Filmnatics, Psychological student association, Breakfast club, and Reggae fest.

A Trustee Exits Pitzer College

Photo: Student protest against BlackRock Vice Chairman and then Pitzer Trustee Robert Fairbairn, on the wall of a Pitzer College dorm in Fall 2019. | Donnie Denome - The Student Life.

By Daniel A. Segal, Professor of Anthropology & History, Pitzer College of the Claremont Colleges

A trustee exits from the board of a small liberal arts college. In most cases, not much of a story. But in this case, the trustee (former trustee now) is Sir Robert Fairbairn, also the Vice Chairman of BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager.

Fairbairn exited the board of Pitzer College following four semesters of principled student activism, grounded in rigorous research, that insisted he leave Pitzer because of BlackRock’s major financing of so many of the normalized evils of global capitalism in our time. The evils the student activists highlighted included (but were not limited to) continued extraction of fossil fuels, migrant detention centers scattered across the United States, and Amazon deforestation in defiance of both Indigenous sovereignty and specific calls to BlackRock from the Association of Indigenous People of Brazil.

For four semesters, the student activists who protested Fairbairn’s presence on the Pitzer board consistently told one important truth: BlackRock’s investments cannot be reconciled with Pitzer’s proclaimed “ core values ” of social responsibility and sustainability. Fairbairn’s exit from the Pitzer board—after an unusually brief tenure—is nothing less than a tacit but dramatic admission of this truth.

Yet, so offensive was this truth to the Pitzer administration that to keep it from being heard, the administration censored student artistic and political expression at one moment, and made untruthful claims at others. The censorship of student speech occurred after the Pitzer Art Galleries called for student submissions of “manifestos” on the subject of racial justice, and stated, in the Galleries’ call, that all manifestos would be accepted and added to the Galleries’ website. Yet, when one of the student activists provided submissions that spoke with candor and in truth about Trustee Fairbairn and BlackRock’s investments, the administration stepped in and directed the Pitzer Galleries to reject those student submissions. A week later, and after widespread student protest, the administration reversed itself, and the BlackRock Manifestos were finally posted to the website—albeit without the administration accepting responsibility for violating and harming campus speech and academic freedom protections at the College.

In a second episode, senior Pitzer administrators came to the Pitzer Student Senate to respond to continued student activism demanding trustee Fairbairn’s exit, and in that forum, the administrators made false claims. Fairbairn, the administrators declared, bore no responsibility for BlackRock’s investments because he had no role in the firm’s investment decisions—even though BlackRock’s own website stated fully the opposite . And in a pique of disingenuous sentimentality, the administration subsequently attacked the student activists for “targeting” Sir Robert Fairbairn’s “family”—even though nothing of the sort had occurred.

Rhetorical question: why was Pitzer College’s administration so outspoken about the non-existent targeting of Fairbairn’s family, but fully reticent about the real targeting, precisely by BlackRock’s investments, of migrant families in US detention centers and Indigenous families throughout the Amazon?

Here let me add that an inspiring aspect of the student’s anti-BlackRock campaign was its “moral constancy,” to invoke a phrase Cornel West has drawn from Jane Austen. Thus, while the anti-BlackRock campaign was not defined in terms of the Palestinian struggle, it very importantly did not neglect or exclude that struggle. Among the many normalized evils of BlackRock that the student activists called out was BlackRock’s financing of the surveillance of Palestinians living under Israeli apartheid by Ebit Systems, the Israel-based electronics firm. Put simply: this student-driven social justice campaign pushed beyond Progressive Except for Palestine and was quite the other thing: Progressive Without Exceptions.

In a better world, instead of Fairbairn exiting the Pitzer Board, Fairbairn would have brought Pitzer’s stated “core values” into BlackRock and dramatically changed the firm’s investments. But the great difficulty in that urgent project is that as the world’s largest investment manager, BlackRock is not a “bad apple” of capitalism: it is instead a full-blown proxy for global capitalism. When a firm has some $8.7 trillion dollars under its management, it can avoid financing the normalized evils of global capitalism only when we leave capitalism behind.

In a profound sense then, the lesson of the students’ anti-BlackRock campaign is not just that Pitzer’s “core values” of social responsibility and sustainability are incompatible with BlackRock, but more fully, that those values are incompatible with capitalism. And to the extent—small but not trivial—that the students’ anti-BlackRock campaign has taught that truth, this activism has chipped away at capitalism’s social license or legitimacy. In so doing, it has increased the possibility—even if only a small bit—that we might yet end capitalism before capitalism ends us. This is an extraordinary achievement.

A trustee exits from the board of a small liberal arts college. In most cases, not much of a story. But in this case perhaps, a small but not trivial step toward a social justice and sustainable future for us all.

Kudos to the great student activists at Pitzer and the other Claremont colleges! Kudos!

As this struggle turns next to challenge Pitzer College’s investments through BlackRock as the College’s asset manager, follow Students Demand Change and Divest5Cs on Instagram, and @SDCCoalition and @Divest5Cs on Twitter.

Pitzer College Launches Country's First Inside-Out Bachelor's Degree Program for the Incarcerated

CLAREMONT, Calif. , Dec. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Incarcerated men at California Rehabilitation Center (CRC) in Norco, CA , can now earn a bachelor's of arts degree from one of the country's top liberal arts colleges. Pitzer College , a member of The Claremont Colleges, is the first university or college in the country to develop a bachelor's degree program for the incarcerated based on a sustainable inside-out curriculum. The inaugural cohort of eight incarcerated students in the Pitzer Inside-Out Pathway-to-BA are expected to graduate by the end of 2021.

A ceremonial "college acceptance letter" and memorandum of understanding signing event will be held on December 10 at 1 p.m. PST. The ceremony will be hosted virtually on Zoom with key speakers, including Pitzer College President Melvin L. Oliver , California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Superintendent Shannon Swain from the Office of Correctional Education and admitted students from CRC.

Pitzer Inside-Out Pathway-to-BA is the country's first degree-seeking prison education program whereby incarcerated "inside" students and "outside" students from The Claremont Colleges attend classes together in prison and are working toward earning bachelor's degrees.

The Pathway is part of the intercollegiate Justice Education Initiative (JEI) program at the Claremont Colleges, which builds on established partnerships between the five undergraduate institutions of The Claremont Colleges. Courses in the program are taught by professors from Pitzer , Pomona , Claremont McKenna , Harvey Mudd and Scripps colleges.

The Claremont JEI model consists of an equal number of inside and outside students in each course. All inside students earn college credit, whether they are degree-seeking or not. The model allows Claremont College professors to teach their regular curriculum. The only difference is that the classes are held inside a prison (via online video-conferencing during COVID). This program has demonstrated a unique pedagogy opportunity for both inside and outside students and professors. Currently, The Claremont Colleges provide the densest concentration of inside-out classes available in the nation.

"Pitzer Inside-Out Pathway-to-BA is at the heart of the College's educational objectives and core values, particularly social and racial justice, social responsibility and the ethical implications of knowledge and action," says Pitzer President Melvin L. Oliver . "Our Claremont students and faculty get the experience of a unique pedagogy and academic environment, and it provides inside students a path to a better future."

Incarcerated students in the Pitzer Inside-Out Pathway-to-BA program go through the same rigorous application process as all other prospective students. They are held to the same academic policies, including the 32-course requirement to graduate as Pitzer students.

The Pathway requires up to three years of college credits before entering the program, two from community colleges and up to one year of accumulated credits from four-year accredited institutions. This year's cohort is working toward earning degrees in organizational studies, an interdisciplinary course of study focusing on administrative, economic, political, psychological and sociological factors.

The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world, with nearly 1.5 million people in state and federal prisons in 2018, according to Department of Justice data. Following their release, 86% of prisoners will be rearrested in three years. A RAND Corporation study found that correctional education programs reduce the inmates' chances of returning to prison, and those who participate had 43% lower odds of recidivating. Additionally, such programs significantly increase formerly incarcerated individuals' odds of obtaining meaningful employment upon release. California has the country's largest prison system and the second largest number of incarcerated individuals behind Texas .

" Pitzer is demonstrating that there is a sustainable way for colleges and universities to build degree programs in prisons and better serve the needs of their traditional students," says Nigel Boyle , Pitzer professor of political studies and head of the program. "Widely replicated, this model can have a crucial role in moving the US away from this cycle of mass incarceration."

The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Foundation provided a grant to Pitzer College to help launch this unique in-prison bachelor's degree program that aims to increase successful re-entry transition into society upon release. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation provided a grant to support the JEI program and its transition to an online learning format due to COVID-19.


There are 11 women's and 10 men's teams. [6]

Women's varsity sports Men's varsity sports
Basketball Baseball
Cross country Basketball
Golf Cross country
Lacrosse Football
Soccer Golf
Softball Soccer
Swimming and diving Swimming and diving
Tennis Tennis
Track and field Track and field
Volleyball Water polo
Water polo

Pomona College's first intercollegiate sports teams were formed in 1895. [1] The college was one of the three founding members of the SCIAC in 1914, and its football team played in the inaugural game at the Los Angeles Coliseum in 1923, losing to the University of Southern California Trojans. [1] Between 1946 and 1956, Pomona joined with Claremont Men's College (CMC) to compete as Pomona-Claremont. [1] In 1970, Pomona began competing with Pitzer College (then seven years old) on an interim basis, and the arrangement became permanent two years later. [1]

The Sagehens ranked ninth out of 446 Division III schools and second among SCIAC schools in the 2019–2020 NACDA Directors' Cup Division III Final Fall Standings, which ranks athletic programs and awards points relative to their finish in NCAA championships. [7] [8] The water polo, track and field, women's soccer, and women's tennis teams are regarded as particularly strong. [9]

Pomona-Pitzer's primary indoor athletics facility is the Liliore Green Rains Center for Sport and Recreation, built in 1989 [10] and located near the center of Pomona's campus. It is undergoing renovation that is expected to be completed by 2022. [11] [12] The Rains Center is complemented by various outdoor facilities, mostly located within the naturalistic eastern portion of Pomona's campus known as the Wash. [13]

The official mascot of the team is Cecil the Sagehen, a greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus). [15] [16] The bird is a large ground-dweller native to the western United States (although not Southern California), and is distinguished by its long, pointed tail and complex lek mating system. It is named after the sagebrush on which it feeds. [17]

Pomona-Pitzer is the only team in the world to use the Sagehen as a mascot, [18] and it is often noted for its goofiness. [19] [20] Rather than in the grouse's natural brown and white colors, the mascot is rendered in the team's official colors, blue (for Pomona) and orange (for Pitzer). [21]

The precise origin of the nickname is unknown. Pomona competed under a variety of names in its early years, including "the Blue and White" and "the Huns". [1] The first known appearance of "Sagehens" was in a 1913 issue of The Student Life newspaper, and in 1918 it became the sole nickname. [15] Later Pomona-Claremont began using it, and it is now the nickname for the combined Pomona-Pitzer team. The first known reference to "Cecil" was made in the 1946 Metate (Pomona's yearbook). [15]

The Sagehens' primary rival is the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Stags and Athenas, the joint team of the three other undergraduate Claremont Colleges. [5] [22] The rivalry is known as the Sixth Street Rivalry, [23] referring to the street that separates the teams' athletic facilities. [24]

Barbaro Chinen, Pitzer & Duke, LLP Celebrate 130 Years of History

Philip Barbaro, Jr., partner of the estate planning, trust administration and family law firm of Barbaro, Chinen, Pitzer & Duke, LLP, today recognized the firm’s 130-year history by announcing its expansion. Founded on April 15, 1891, by J.H. Merriam, the law firm has held a prominent place in Pasadena’s history since its inception. While the firm’s name has changed from time to time through the years, to reflect the names of its partners, what has not changed is its dedication to providing high-quality legal counsel in trust administration, estate planning, trust and estate litigation, conservatorships, guardianships, and probate work, as well as family law.

Attorney Barbaro, the firm’s longest-serving partner, stated, “We are very proud of our 130-year legal history which is built on word-of-mouth referrals from clients, colleagues, and the professional business community. While we are not a large law firm, we have among us some of the most prominent attorneys in their respective fields who, along with our incredible staff, are committed to serving our clients and our community. Each of us are involved in sustaining our community by serving in positions of leadership, just as our founder Judge Merriam did as one of the founding members of the Pasadena Bar Association. As we celebrate the past, we are also focused on our future. Today, I’m pleased to announce the appointment of our newest partner, Brittany Duke, who brings a vibrancy to our practice, ensuring our long legacy will continue well into the future.”

Also joining the firm at this important juncture is Attorney Kristen Schwarz Jones whose legal practice provides comprehensive analysis for long-term care needs, customized estate planning, and assessment of government benefits, namely Medi-Cal and Veterans benefits. Mr. Barbaro additionally welcomed Associate Attorney Daniel Sullivan who joined the firm last year bringing his practice in estate planning, property tax, and trust litigation.

“With the added contributions of these three, valuable individuals, I have every confidence that our practice will continue to strengthen and grow,” said Mr. Barbaro.

“Being named a partner by the firm’s well-respected attorneys is an honor and an achievement that makes me proud to continue our 130-year heritage,” stated Ms. Duke. “My vision for the future is to continue to add amazing talent and great lawyers to our firm who can provide the same high-level legal services for our clients.”

Involvement in the legal and local community is part of the firm’s DNA, as partners Barbaro, Chinen and Pitzer have each served as president of the Pasadena Bar Association, partner Duke currently serves as its treasurer, and attorney Jones is a trustee of and chair of its Women’s Section.

Throughout the years, the partners have also served in leadership positions with Pasadena City College Foundation, Pasadena Community Foundation, the Northeast Area Los Angeles City Planning Commission, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, and the Police Activities League of Pasadena, just to name a few.

Going back to its roots in the early 1920’s, Ralph Merriam was one of the founders of the University Club. Next year Richard Chinen will preside as president at the Club’s 100th anniversary, bringing this firm’s history full-circle.

With over 125 years of combined legal experience, the attorneys at Barbaro, Chinen, Pitzer & Duke, LLP, continue to provide integrity and personal attention to their clients as they celebrate 130 years of history in Pasadena.

Pitzer College

Pitzer College, located in California, is liberal arts colleges and part of one of the Claremont Colleges, which include Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, Pomona College and Scripps College. It is approximately 40 miles from downtown Los Angeles.

Pitzer started out as a women’s college in 1963 and the first academic term in 1964 began with just 11 members of faculty and 153 students.

As it is one of the Claremont Colleges, resources, which include the libraries and dining halls, are shared between all students and they are also encouraged to take classes at the other four undergraduate Claremont Colleges as well.

The college has a particular emphasis on the study of social sciences, behavioural sciences, international programmes, and media studies. Interestingly, in contrast with religious studies degrees offered at the vast majority of universities, Pitzer offers a Secularism degree.

Some three-quarters of students study abroad during their studies at Pitzer college which include a semester in Costa Rica at the school’s Firestone Centre for Restoration Ecology.

There are more than 100 student clubs and organisations on campus for students to participate in. These include: Climbing Club, Bowling and Making Friends, Cooking Club, Filmnatics, Psychological Student Association (PPSA), Breakfast Club and Reggae Fest.

Athletic teams at Pitzer College join with Pomona College to compete in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Sports teams include soccer, basketball, football, baseball, track & field, golf, tennis, water polo, swimming and diving. Moreover, Pitzer students also participate in the Claremont Colleges club sports programmes that compete nationally.

Notable alumni include John Darnielle, an American musician and novelist best known as the primary member of the American band the Mountain Goats, Fabian Núñez, a labour union adviser and Democratic politician, and Anne Archer, an American actress who was nominated for an Academy Award for the 1987 film Fatal Attraction.


The goal of this program is to prepare Native American students for academic achievement and leadership roles. In the Native Youth to College Program, students will be introduced to cultural studies, media studies, academic writing, and learn how to navigate college application process. Our partnership with Western University of Health Sciences (WesternU) will expose students to the fields of medicine, including career tracks in dentistry, veterinary practice, nursing, pharmaceutical, osteopathy, and health administration. Time spent at Wishtoyo Foundation’s Chumash Cultural Village will introduce students to marine science from both a Western and Chumash perspective, as well as surfing, local plant knowledge, Chumash Elders, & Chumash language and history.

The Program will emphasize both academic and traditional tribal ways of learning and provide an interdisciplinary perspective of Native Americans through academic learning. Students will emerge with an understanding of both the challenges and the opportunities available for Native people in higher education. They will also develop and apply communication, time management, problem-solving and decision-making skills. Furthermore, students will learn about social responsibility through community engagement projects, and experience a variety of avenues of self-expression. During the Program, students will meet speakers, Elders, mentors, and staff members who will serve as supportive contacts throughout their future college application process, university, and post-university journeys

Admissions Chances

Pitzer College has a highly competitive admissions pool with a low acceptance rate and high average GPAs. However, Pitzer has a holistic admissions process and is test-optional, and admissions decisions are based on much more than numbers. A strong application essay, writing supplement, and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. Pitzer's curriculum has a strong focus on social justice and intercultural understanding, and their website notes that they look for evidence of an applicant's "socially conscious independence." Pitzer also encourages applicants to participate in an optional interview. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and scores are outside Pitzer's average range.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that the majority of successful applicants had high school averages of "A-" or better, combined SAT scores of 1200 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 26 or better. Your high school grades and extracurricular involvement are going to be far more important than standardized test scores due to Pitzer's test-optional admissions process.

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