To build a dynamically diverse community at Pomona and to deeply engage our students with diverse perspectives around today's issues of political divisiveness, social upheaval and structural inequities, Pomona College is committed to building and sustaining strong and consistent recruitment processes and supporting our faculty through curriculum development and learning opportunities.
This work is not just about creating curricular adjacencies and diverse perspectives in the learning environment; it is about making the most of that diversity in pursuit of a critical education mission for our students.
To this end, the College, particularly within the Academic Dean's Office, is working to refine faculty recruitment and hiring efforts and to promote a supportive environment where all faculty members are able to succeed.
The Academic Dean's Office and The Claremont Colleges Center for Teaching and Learning, along with other Pomona College and Claremont College offices, sponsors events, workshops and learning opportunities throughout the academic year. Watch for email announcements. Past events include:
- "Reframing the Production of Racial Inequity in the University as an Organizational Learning Problem" - lecture by Estela Mara Bensimon (University of Southern California)
- "Learning with PAYS: Lessons From Pomona’s College Access Program" - panelists included Stephanie Rios, assistant director of educational outreach, Draper Center; Roberto Garza-López, chemistry professor; Godis Jackson, Pomona College student and PAYS student coordinator, Draper Center; Phyllis Jackson, art history professor; and Adolfo Rumbos, mathematics professor.
- "Active Learning 2.0: Making It Intentionally Inclusive" - facilitated by Darryl Yong (HMC Math, CTL)
Analyzing Differences Courses
Students must pass at least one Analyzing Difference course to graduate. These courses are primarily focused on a sustained analysis of the causes and effects of structured inequality and discrimination, and their relation to U.S. society. Such courses will make use of analyses that emphasize intersecting categories of difference. Examples include, but are not limited to: race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, citizenship, linguistic heritage, class, religion, and physical ability. Approved courses may also concurrently fulfill a Breath of Study Area requirement.
An Analyzing Difference Committee certifies approved courses. The committee includes at least three faculty (appointed by the Executive Committee, in consultation with the President’s Advisory Committee on Diversity) and two students (appointed by ASPC). The Executive Committee may elect to appoint additional faculty based on their ability to support the charge of the committee. The committee maintains learning outcomes related to the requirement, provides sample syllabi of approved courses, and creates evaluative criteria and standards related to the approval of courses.
Community Partnership Courses
The Draper Center for Community Partnerships works with Pomona College faculty to provide community engagement opportunities throughout Southern California. Whether as part of a Community Participation (CP) course integrating community work as part of the learning process, a community-based research project, or an extracurricular activity, the Draper Center is available to help Pomona College faculty every step of the way.
Gilda Ochoa (Sociology and Chicana-o/Latina-o Studies) served as the 2017-18 Faculty Coordinator for the Draper Center. In that capacity, she supports the creation and execution of Community Partnership courses. She coordinates an annual series of workshops to promote and guide the development of Community Partnership curricula, as well as the process for assigning classes the CP designation. Professor Ochoa also meets with partnering faculty and organizations, compiles and offers suggested readings and other resources to instructors, and provides support in negotiating the logistical demands of CP curricula.