The Queer Resource Center of The Claremont Colleges (QRC) was tasked with serving the 7 Claremont Colleges (Claremont Graduate University, Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, Keck Graduate Institute, Pitzer College, Pomona College, and Scripps College) in 2010 and officially became a 7C center in 2011. As part of the QRC’s 5-year anniversary of serving the 7Cs, an External Review was completed to look back on the past 5 years, and to provide suggestions for the next 5 years.
The External Review took place on October 5 – 6, 2015. Reviewers included Raja Gopal Bhattar (University of California, Los Angeles), Dr. Matthew Damschroder (Illinois Wesleyan University), LB Hannahs (University of Florida), and Dr. Sumun Lakshmi Pendakur (Harvey Mudd College). During the two days of the review, reviewers spoke with faculty, staff, student, and alumni constituencies across the 7Cs. Among student groups, specific time was held for reviewers to meet with queer and/or trans students of color, as well as with trans and non-binary students.
We held a series of open review sessions to discuss the recommendations of the review and answer any questions folks may have regarding process, the review, and recommendations. The one-hour sessions were held between March 21 and April 12, 2016 at the Queer Resource Center, Office of Institutional Diversity (HMC), SCORE (SCR), Office of Student Life and Diversity (CGU), 535 East Conference (KGI), CAPAS (PZ), AARC (PO), and I-Place (CMC).
In addition, we held four one-hour sessions for QTPOC students (queer and trans people of color) only. These sessions focused on healing and support; specifically, what areas students did not feel supported, how the QRC could do better, and what QTPOC students needed from us in order to heal. The focus sessions were facilitated by QTPOC undergraduate and graduate staffers and occured between March 27 and April 13, 2016.
If you have any questions regarding the review, please contact the QRC at QRCclaremont@gmail.com
Thank you to all who participated in the review, and all who have worked and continue to work to better serve LGBTQIA communities at The Claremont Colleges!