Service and Leadership Opportunities
Asian American Mentor Program (AAMP)
This student-run peer mentor program was established in 1988 by concerned students and the Office of Student Affairs in order to meet the specific needs of first-year Asian American students. Incoming students are placed in groups headed by upper-class students. These groups provide opportunities for discussion of Asian American issues, peer advising, social and cultural activities.
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Community Fair
One of the biggest events each year is the community fair held at Pomona College campus. The APA Heritage Month community fair consists of vendors, food, entertainment, and community based organizations. To prepare for the Community Fair, committees are completely student run, giving students an opportunity to use programming skills to coordinate different aspects of the Community Fair. These committees include publicity, non-food vendors, food, entertainment, logistics, and community based organizations. All students from the Claremont Colleges are encouraged to head a committee or work on a committee. Weekly dinner meetings with committee heads throughout 1st and 2nd semester are necessary to coordinate all the logistics of the Community Fair. To be involved with the APAHMCF, please call the AARC at x18639.
The Asian American Resource Center reaches beyond the boundaries of the Claremont Colleges and into the community through service projects, by providing students an opportunity to become more involved specifically with the Asian American youth and elderly. Several times each year, the newsletter The Real World is issued to inform students of opportunities available at community based organizations or for selected service projects.
Inland Valley Asian Pacific Islander Student Leadership Conference
In collaboration with Cal Poly Pomona, UC Riverside, Pasadena City College and surrounding local high schools, the annual Inland Valley Asian Pacific Islander Student Leadership Conference is a day-long conference including workshops of various subjects and levels to help boost leadership skills and awareness in API students.
The Real World
The newsletter The Real World is mailed out to inform students of summer internships, scholar ships, and full-time jobs with community organizations, legal and legislative offices, health clinics, etc.
Student Internships at the AARC
The AARC is staffed by about 14 student interns from the Claremont Colleges who work on different program committees and work with the director and assistant director of the AARC. Each year openings are available for students wishing to pursue a more active role in the Asian American community at the Claremont Colleges. Application is open to students of all backgrounds, experience, majors, years and (contingent on funding) any of the 5 Claremont Colleges. Leadership, office, professional, and programming skills are enriched from working at the AARC.