Thank you for checking out our alumni page. Below you will find information about making connections to other LGBTQ graduates from across The Claremont Colleges, as well as more about the programs available to alums through The QRC. Our events open to alums and members of the surrounding community touch not only on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, and allied (LGBTQQIAA) experiences in a collegial environment, but on our lives and work as we build communities in larger contexts. Every year, we also plan alumni-specific programming such as our Student and Alumni LGBTQIA Mixer. For more information about these events, please read below.
Please Take a Moment to Complete Our Alumni Survey
Another service The QRC is committed to is the preservation of queer her/his/their stories at The Claremont Colleges. That said, we want to hear from you. We encourage all former students of The Claremont Colleges to complete this quick and easy online survey found here: you can update your contact information, give permission to share your name and info on the Roster page, and let us know your interests in other Alumni activities.
Also, did you know that the QRC has a collection of surveys from LGBTQIA alumni dating back to graduation dates in the 1920s? Well, in the 2012-13 school year, the QRC staff decided it was time to start collecting some histories from the community today. Thus, the oral [her/his/their]story was conceived, and the project continues! For the past two years, The QRC has been collecting interviews from members of queer and allied communities across the 7Cs, including our alumni. In the Fall Semester of 2013, The QRC joined the Pomona College Museum of Art for a special exhibition of our oral archives in commemoration of LGBTQ History month. In this installation, photographs, alumni surveys, quotations, and a visual display complimented exhibition of our audio files during an Art After Hours event at the Dunn Gallery. At the end of the semester, The QRC moved the installation to our premises so that returning graduates could also view it, and we will continue to display the project in the coming school year. For more information about adding your story to this ongoing project, please see below.
Spring 2014 Events
Thanks to all alums who attended our Spring 2014 events! we had an amazing time hosting folks this year, and hope you will return next year to reconnect with your 7Cs Queer Resource Center. Please check back in September for information on the 2014-2015 schedule of events. In the meantime, read below for a snippet of some of what we were able to offer this year. Thanks again to all who participated.
See you next year!
Lavender Graduation: Celebrate the accomplishments of The Claremont Colleges LGBTQA graduates!
Friday, May 2nd, 2014 at "Little Bridges Auditorium," Pomona College
Keynote speaker: Dr. Van Bailey, Director of The Office of BGLTQ Student Life at Harvard University
Noted in the Trans 100 List in 2014, Dr. Bailey holds a Doctorate in Education from California State University, Northridge. Dr. Bailey sits on the Board of the Boston Hispanic Black Gay Coalition, the Harvard Gender and sexuality Caucus, and is an active member in the Brown Boi Project, a social justice organization focused on racial and gender justice. He has shared his story of inspiration and resilience across the nation at conferences, in classrooms and public forums.
LGBTQA Luncheon: Bridging the Generations
Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 at The Queer Resource Center, Pomona College
5C Faculty, Staff, and Students enjoyed the 4th annual LGBTQA Alumni Luncheon and contributed to a growing collection of queer oral histories at The Claremont Colleges. These interviews will not only serve an academic purpose to catalogue different individuals’ experiences, but also as a practice of reclaiming and authoring our own histories.
Student and Alumni LGBTQIA Mixer
Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 at The Queer Resource Center, Pomona College
The second QRC mixer for current students, graduating seniors, and alumni from across the 7C's: a swanky soiree at the QRC celebrating the end of the year.
Queer [Her/His/Their]story Archive Reaches out to Alumni
Ongoing Project, Interviews are collected at the Queer Resource Center
During our Bridging the Generations Alumni Social, the QRC staff conducts interviews with members of the queer and allied community interested in sharing their story. These interviews become part of the QRC library archive, and will eventually become part of the permanent holdings of the Honnold/Mudd Library's Special Collections. Please consider sharing your story with us; make your history something future students can look back on, and in doing so, know more about their own place in history. Please email our graduate assistant for an appointment or FMI.
Affinity Group for LGBTA Community
Alumni Weekend 2010 spurred conversations and questions about support on campus for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students and alumni. In early June, Alumni Association past presidents Carlos Garcia ’73, Frank Albinder ’80 and Tom Minar ’85 met with fellow alumnae Jehan F. Agrama ’80 and Alumni Director Craig Arteaga-Johnson ’96 and others from the College’s student affairs and advancement divisions. The result is an Alumni Association resolution to create and recognize the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Allied Alumni Affinity Group. This group will be a collegial network to support LGBTA students, alumni and parents and be a resource to the Queer Resource Center of The Claremont Colleges. The next step in the creation of an Alumni Association affinity group is easy—an outreach campaign to develop a roster of alumni and friends who would like to be affiliated. Anyone identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or as allied to this community is invited to participate by sending their contact information to Alumni Director Craig Arteaga-Johnson.
Past Alumni Events
The following includes some of the programs featured on our schedule of events for alumns in previous years. If you would like more information on this year's events, please read above or check out our evens page. And, don't forget to like us on Facebook for up-to-date information on QRC events throughout the year.
"The Luxury of Love: The Retreat/Retirement of Single Gay Men and the Rise of 'Bats' in Post-IMF South Korea"
Monday April 1st, 2013 at the Athenaeum Parents Dining Room, Claremont McKenna College
Professor John (Song Pae) Cho's talk entitled "The Luxury of Love: The Retreat/Retirement of Single Gay Men and the Rise of 'Bats' in Post-IMF South Korea."
Event Sponsors: Claremont McKenna Dean of Faculty’s Office, Center for Human Rights Leadership (Claremont McKenna), Pacific Basin Institute (Pomona College) and the Queer Resource Center for the Claremont Colleges
Two competing models of understanding gay/queer identity have recently dominated the field of queer studies: the globalization model and the newer cultural citizenship model. While the first presumes the dissemination of sexual identities from the “center” to the “margins” and the production of the “global gay,” the latter prioritizes “the significance of ‘cultural belonging’ which functions as a culturally distinct mechanism of emotionality that produces and reproduces identities and differences” (Chao 2002). This paper problematizes both models by examining the retreat/retirement of single gay men in South Korea. If the mid-1990s onwards were a period of great liberalizing reforms and sexual and romantic experimentation, then the contemporary period of deepening neoliberal reforms can be seen as an era of diligence, self-development, and, paradoxically, risk-taking.
John (Song Pae) Cho is an SSRC Postdoctoral Fellow for Transregional Research at UC Berkeley. After completing his PhD in socio-cultural anthropology at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2011, he served as the Korea Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Berkeley. In fall, he will serve as the Soon Young Kim Postdoctoral Fellow in the Korea Institute at Harvard University. He is currently completing his book manuscript, Faceless Things: South Korean Gay Men, Internet, and Sexual Citizenship. His research has appeared in several journals, including Anthropological Quarterly (2009), Journal of Sociolinguistics (2012), and GLQ (forthcoming).
Career Check-in with Alumni and CDO
Thursday April 25th, 2013 at The Queer Resource Center of The Claremont Colleges
Dinner and a conversation with queer alumni and Pomona’s Office of Career Development to discuss life and work post- college: What does it mean to be queer in the workplace and how do alumni, who have been active in the LGBTQIA community, navigate activism outside of Claremont? This is a space to share experiences, concerns, joys, and ask lots of questions.