While all Pomona students experience peer mentorship through the sponsor group program — sophomores who live in residence with first-year students as part of a sponsor group — there are many other opportunities for students to benefit from and serve in peer mentoring relationships.
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.
Office of Black Student Affairs (OBSA) Mentorship
The OBSA mentorship program provides group mentoring for incoming first year students of African descent in the five colleges, and pairs incoming students with trained peer mentors according to shared academic and co-curricular interests. Mentors apply, interview and are selected and matched on a rolling basis in the fall, with trainings in spring and summer, and mentees apply and are selected from winter through summer. Each incoming students receives an invitation to apply online from OBSA. Groups of mentors are supervised and supported by head mentors from each campus and an OBSA student manager. Mentors are required to communicate with their mentees three times per month, attend core group meetings led by their assigned head mentor, and are invited to attend program-wide workshops and activities to ease the transition from high school to college. Finally, all mentorship participants are invited to the annual OBSA first-year retreat, an overnight experience to strengthen relationships with communities of African descent in The Claremont Colleges.
OBSA mentorship is committed to the following goals:
- Provide incoming freshmen of African descent with an immediate connection to students in The Claremont Colleges who can offer advice and resources
- Nurture positive relationships between mentors and mentees, and head mentors and mentors
- Create a supportive environment where advice and experiences can be shared comfortably
- Form groups that offer mentees one-on-one and group guidance with students and mentors that relate to their academic, professional or social preferences
- Offer diverse activities, programs and events that span a range of campus life
- Encourage positive leadership in mentors and mentees
- Build community with students and serve a variety of academic and extracurricular interests
- Make The Claremont Colleges smaller by sharing campus and community resources with incoming first-years
Asian American Mentor Program (AAMP)
The Asian American Mentor Program (AAMP) is a student-run organization that fosters community among individuals who self-identify as Asian, Pacific Islander, Asian American, multiethnic, and/or multiracial (API/A). First-year and transfer students who self-identify as API/A on their college applications are placed in small mentor groups led by student mentors. AAMP mentors support these individuals and their allies through meaningful relationships, providing a safe space for discussion and education, and encouraging activism concerning issues that relate to the API/A community. Mentors work with mentees to explore and express identities within historical, social and personal contexts. AAMP also strives for inclusivity by building coalitions and promoting discourse with other organizations and communities within and beyond Pomona College.
AAMP is anchored at the Asian American Resource Center (AARC). For more information about the Asian American Mentor Program & the Asian American Resource Center, please visit AAMP's website 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 returning student leader who is culturally sensitive and serves as a mentor who strives to build friendship and support for new Chicano/Latino students. The sponsors also conduct and lead the sessions at the CLSA new student retreat. 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 students across The Claremont Colleges. The retreat serves as a major cornerstone of the first-year experience for Chicano/Latino students. The retreat promotes leadership development, team building, networking and cultural awareness as a means to create a foundation of support for new students. The retreat offers an opportunity to establish friendships that will provide support throughout the college experience. For more information about Chicano/Latino Student Affairs and the program offerings, visit CLSA's website or call (909) 621-8044. CLSA is located on the second floor of the Tranquada Student Services Center.
IDEAS Mentoring Program
The IDEAS Mentor Program is the mentoring counterpart of the student-run immigrant rights and educational organization, Improving Dreams Equality Access and Success (IDEAS) at The Claremont Colleges. Our mentors are DACA/undocumented current students whose aims to provide support and resources to incoming DACA/undocumented students with questions about navigating college (including study abroad!). We value your confidentiality and do not disclose the status of any of members of the undocumented community.
For more information about the IDEAS Mentor Program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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. 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.
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 ISMP or have any questions, please send an email to ISMP.Pomona@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing from you.
Multi-Ethnic and Multi-Racial Group Exchange (MERGE) Mentoring Program
Born out of the 5C club, Multi-Ethnic and Multi-Racial Group Exchange, the MERGE Mentor Program is a resource for all multi-ethnic and multi-racial first years at the five Colleges. Our program consists of mentor groups in which two mentors support three to five mentees throughout the academic year. MERGE Mentors are upperclassmen who have been trained to help mentees thrive at the Colleges as they tackle rigorous coursework, have new experiences, and face unique and challenging questions about their multi-racial/multi-ethnic identities. Our mentors also introduce mentees to resources and opportunities at or near the campuses via monthly excursions into Claremont Village, Ontario, L.A., and more.
While our main goal is to be a support system for multi-racial and multi-ethnic first years, the MERGE Mentor Program also strives to raise the political consciousness of our mentees so that the Colleges may be a safer place for all students. Much of our programming, which includes cultural events, film screenings, speaker events, and faculty and student-led workshops, focuses on dismantling racist, sexist, and classist systems of power on our campuses and in our society.
For more information about the MERGE Mentor Program please contact Head Mentors Amanda McCullough and Victoria Poulos at email@example.com
Queer, Questioning & Allied Mentor Program (QQAMP)
The Queer, Questioning, and Allied Mentor Program (QQAMP) is a seven-college program open to all students. The confidential program 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 LGBTQ allied communities at The Claremont Colleges.
The QQAMP mentors are students from all seven 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 the upcoming academic year, please fill out the online request form on the QRC website under the QQAMP tab.
Quest Mentor Program
The Quest Mentoring Program is a program at Pomona College open to all incoming first-generation or low-income students. What will you get out of the mentoring process?
- 2 to 3 upperclassmen mentors who are also first generation and/or low-income students at Pomona College, who will provide guidance and support to help you adjust to he college's atmosphere.
- 3 to 4 first years' who along with your mentors, serve as immediate family for first years at the College and the years ahead.
- Opportunities to meet other low-income and first-generation students at Pomona College
- Monthly excursions with your mentors and other mentees to ensure a fun, successful year
- Workshops to guide you through financial aid, choosing classes and making the most of your time at Pomona College and in California
- Mentor-mentee dinners and outings
What constitutes as being a low-income student?
- Traditionally, a household income of $65,000 or less. We do understand however that people may have different circumstances, such as debt or substantial bills. If your family income is above $65,000, just contact us about your circumstances and we'll be happy to tell you if you qualify.
What constitutes as being a first-generation student?
- If neither of your parents attended college, you are considered a first-generation student.
South Asian Mentoring Program (SAMP)
The South Asian Mentorship Program (SAMP) is a student run program designed to provide support to incoming South Asian first years and transfer students during their transition into The Claremont Colleges. SAMP aims to build a community between South Asian faculty, staff, and students by organizing cultural, social, educational, and community outreach activities across the 5Cs. This program provides spaces for dialog on identity while furthering awareness of South Asian issues.
For more information about SAMP, please contact Head Mentors Justin Joseph (firstname.lastname@example.org), Nikita Akkala (email@example.com), and Shimona Srivastava (firstname.lastname@example.org)