Sponsor and Peer Mentoring Programs
Pomona College Sponsor Program
One of your most significant experiences at Pomona will be living in residence as part of a sponsor group. The Sponsor Program is a residential program through which all first-year students are housed with approximately 15 other first-years led by two students called sponsors. More recently, sponsors have been sophomores. The 58 sponsors live in the halls with their sponsees throughout the year. The main objective of the program is to assist in the transition to college by creating a safe, welcoming and sustainable living environment for all first-years as well as increasing interactions with older students.
The Sponsor Program is supervised by the Associate Dean of Campus Life and Director of Residential Life. There are four head sponsors who are given a great deal of latitude implementing the program. They help select the sponsors, they play a key role placing the incoming class in their sponsor groups, and they assist in training sponsors. The sponsor groups are created based on similar interests and lifestyles indicated by first-year housing forms. All new students to Pomona College, whether first-years or transfer students, are placed in a Sponsor Group.
Participation in the following peer mentoring programs is entirely voluntary, and complements the residential Sponsor Program. In some of these peer mentoring programs, students will be automatically provided mentors based on the information given in your admissions application, and in other programs, incoming students need to request a mentor. We encourage incoming students to meet with their mentors, and learn more about the program before making a decision about opting out. These programs provide valuable support and resources for students.
Ujima Peer Mentoring Program (OBSA)
The Office of Black Student Affairs’ Ujima Peer Mentor Program is a five college peer-adviser program designed for first-year students of African descent. Students helping students is Ujima’s guiding philosophy. The primary objective of the program is to contribute to the advancement of first-year students by aiding in their academic, emotional and social adjustments to college in addition to nurturing their academic and leadership potential. For more information about the Office of Black Student Affairs and the Ujima Peer Mentor Program contact Kimg@cuc.claremont.edu, call (909) 607-3669, or visit their website at http://www.cuc.claremont.edu/obsa/ .
Asian American Mentor Program (AAMP)
The Asian American Mentor Program (AAMP) is a Pomona College organization that helps incoming students who identify as Asian Pacific-Islander American (APIA) to adjust to college life by providing mentors familiar with Asian American issues. AAMP raises awareness through relevant, comprehensive, honest and powerful programs, and seeks to empower students to actively work toward the betterment of life within and beyond Pomona College. AAMP works to create an atmosphere that is sensitive and understanding of various and multiple identities.
AAMP is a student-run organization, but collaborates with the Asian American Resource Center (AARC), another resource for Asian American students on campus. First-year and transfer students who self-identify as APIA on their college applications are placed in small mentor groups, led by informed mentors who are supervised by head mentors. For more information about the Asian American Mentor Program & the Asian American Resource Center, please visit their website at http://www.pomona.edu/administration/asian-american-resource-center/asian-american-mentor-program or call (909) 621-8639.
Chicano/Latino Student Affairs Sponsor Program (CLSA)/ Chicana/o Latina/o Liaisons
The CLSA Sponsor Program is a five-college support network for first-year students, designed help assist new students with the transition to college life. CLSA Sponsor groups work together on social and cultural events such as movie nights, dinners, study breaks and host sessions regarding current issues that impact Latino students. Each new Latino/a student is assigned a sponsor from the home campus who is familiar with the social and academic climate of the college, and knows how to access supporting resources. The CLSA Sponsor Program offers first-year students the opportunity to meet, network and build community with Latino/a students on the home campus and across the Consortium.
The CLSA Sponsor is a mentor and friend who is culturally sensitive and strives to build friendship and support for new Chicano/a Latino/a students.The CLSA New Student Retreat is a three-day off campus program that offers first-year students the opportunity to build community, develop friendships and support networks with Latino/a students across the Claremont Colleges. The Retreat serves as a major cornerstone of the first-year experience for Chicano/a Latino/a students. The Retreat offers an opportunity to build relationships with Chicano/a Latino/a students from all five colleges at the beginning of the academic semester and establish friendship that will provide support throughout the college experience. For more information about Chicano/Latino Student Affairs and the program offerings, visit their website at http://www.cuc.claremont.edu/clsa/ or call (909) 621-8044.
Pomona College also has Chicana/o Latina/o Liaisons who plan programs and work with students, staff, and faculty to help build a vibrant community for Latinas/os on campus. The Liaisons can also help with adjustment problems experienced by first-year students. They will offer events ranging from ice-cream socials to identity workshops that will interest new and continuing students. For more information on Chicana/o Latina/o Liaisons, please email Alexya Aguilera (email@example.com).
Queer, Questioning & Allied Mentor Program (QQAMP)
The Queer, Questioning, and Allied Mentor Program (QQAMP) is a five-college program open to all students. It is designed to provide students with support, one-on-one interactions, social activities, information, tools to navigate the college environment as a queer, allied or questioning student, and opportunities to get involved with the queer and allied community at the Claremont Colleges.
The QQAMP mentors are students from all five schools who may identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, or allied. They are trained and can provide support and informed guidance on any queer-related issue, including but not limited to:
• Self acceptance as lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender, questioning, or intersex students
• Coming out to friends and/or family
• Finding resources at the college, local and national levels
• Learning what it means to be a good ally to the queer community
• Working through confusion about sexual orientation and/or gender identity
• Meeting other queer, questioning and allied students on the campuses and in the community
• Understanding how sexual orientation and/or gender identity intersect with other aspects of identity, including race, sex, religion, physical ability, culture, class, etc.
If you would like to request a mentor for Fall 2013, please fill out our online request form at www.pomona.edu/administration/qrc/. The mentee application is under the QQAMP tab. If you would like more information about the program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jewish Mentor Program (JMP)
Having a Jewish mentor is a great way to explore Jewish life on campus, meet fellow first-years and students at the other colleges, and have a friend and mentor who is available to discuss any issues that arise during the first year of college. Mentors affirm students' specific Jewish backgrounds while also supporting all aspects of their mentees' personal growth. The Jewish Mentor Program (JMP) strives to foster a sense of community for all students who self-identify as Jewish, including but not limited to interfaith and/or intercultural Jews, queer Jews, Jews of color, secular and/or cultural Jews, and religious Jews. JMP provides a space for students to explore Jewish identity through personal mentor-mentee interactions, workshops, and social events. The Jewish Mentor Program is independent of other organizations, but nevertheless works in conjunction with the Jewish Student Union and Hillel. For more information or to request a mentor, please visit http://www.cuc.claremont.edu/jmp/ .
International Student Mentor Program (ISMP)
The International Student Mentor Program (ISMP) is a Pomona College organization that helps incoming international students adjust to life in the United States. The ISMP aims to foster a supportive community of international students at Pomona through organizing activities, discussions, and events geared towards fulfilling international students’ unique needs. Incoming international students are given mentors who they can rely upon to answer their questions, introduce them to life at Pomona, and provide academic, emotional, and social support. ISMP mentors are returning international students who are familiar with international issues, and are enthusiastic about befriending and helping to support incoming international students.
The ISMP is open to students of all nationalities outside of the U.S., as well as to American citizens that have lived a substantial part of their lives overseas. If you are interested in taking part in the ISMP, or have any questions, please send an email to ISMP.Pomona@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing from you!