Office of Black Student Affairs, CUC

OBSA supports and enhances the well-being of undergraduate and graduate students of African descent earning degrees at The Claremont Colleges.

OBSA collaborates with faculty, staff, and alumni of the Claremont consortium of colleges to ensure comprehensive consideration and creation of services that complement our students’ stellar education with culturally significant scholarship, programming, and events. We offer individual and small group advising and mentoring to advance our students’ academic, professional, and personal excellence.

Operating as usual

04/19/2023

Don’t miss out on our first and last open mic of the semester. We have food, book giveaways, and cash prizes!! .sw will be hosting and sharing some of his new poetry.

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04/18/2023

Join us on April 30th in the OBSA Garden for the Black Alumni Brunch! This event is open to all 7C Black students and Alumni. This is a perfect opportunity to network with Alumni and Graduate Students! RSVP using the link in our bio.

04/18/2023

Join us for an exciting third and final session in the OBSA/IDAS Centering Blackness series. Submit your questions on our registration form (link in bio), bring your lunch and spend time with Professors Mukasa Mubirumusoke, J Finley and Eric Hurley! We’ve enjoyed spending time in conversation with the students, faculty and staff in attendance and look forward to the series returning next fall. Don’t miss this Thursday’s open Q&A forum, 12:30pm-1:30pm in the bungalow.

04/11/2023

OBSA and IDAS present Centering Blackness: A lunchtime series with Africana studies faculty hosted in the OBSA bungalow. Join us for lively discussions on topics that focus on Black experiences three Thursdays in April. Meet Professor Eric Hurley hosting a conversation Examining the Ethics of our Institutions, on April 13th from 12:00-1:00pm. Bring your own lunch; snacks and drinks provided! Register in bio to choose some or all sessions and submit a question for the April 20th open forum.

04/11/2023

OBSA and IDAS present Centering Blackness: A lunchtime series with Africana studies faculty hosted in the OBSA bungalow. Join us for lively discussions on topics that focus on Black experiences three Thursdays in April. Meet Professor Nikia Robert hosting a conversation Examining the Ethics of our Institutions, on April 13th from 12:00-1:00pm. Bring your own lunch; snacks and drinks provided! Register in bio to choose some or all sessions and submit a question for the April 20th open forum.

04/11/2023

OBSA and IDAS present Centering Blackness: A lunchtime series with Africana studies faculty hosted in the OBSA bungalow. Join us for lively discussions on topics that focus on Black experiences three Thursdays in April. Meet professor Eric Hurley hosting a conversation Examining the Ethics of our Institutions, on April 13th from 12:00-1:00pm. Bring your own lunch; snacks and drinks provided! Register in bio to choose some or all sessions and submit a question for the April 20th open forum.

03/28/2023

OBSA and IDAS present Centering Blackness: A lunchtime series with Africana studies faculty hosted in the OBSA bungalow. Join us for lively discussions on topics that focus on Black experiences three Thursdays in April. Meet professor Mukasa Mubirumusoke hosting a conversation on Pleasure and Joy in the face of Antiblackness, on April 6th from 12:30-1:30pm. Bring your own lunch; snacks and drinks provided! Register in bio to choose some or all sessions and submit a question for the April 20th open forum.

03/27/2023

OBSA and IDAS present Centering Blackness: A lunchtime series with Africana studies faculty hosted in the OBSA bungalow. Join us for lively discussions on topics that focus on Black experiences three Thursdays in April. Meet professor J Finley hosting a conversation on Pleasure and Joy in the face of Antiblackness, on April 6th from 12:30-1:30pm. Bring your own lunch; snacks and drinks provided! Register in bio to choose some or all sessions and submit a question for the April 20th open forum.

Photos from Office of Black Student Affairs, CUC's post 03/27/2023

On March 25th, our OBSA fellows were in attendance and enjoyed back to back talks from Postdoctoral Fellows Dr. Cornel West and Dr. Nikia Robert at CMC!

Dr. Cornel West discussed some ideas in his 1993 book, Race Matters, and reflected on how the insights and reflections outlined in the book might have shifted and evolved over the last 30 years.

Dr. Nikia Robert gave a job talk on Policing Black Womanhood, and she will also be featured in OBSA/IDAS Brown Bag Series this coming April!

Thank you to everyone who made it to these events, and stay tuned for more!

03/06/2023

Registration is now open for OBSA’s Black Graduation 2023!
7C students should use this form to register to attend and indicate whether you’d like a free kente stole.
Faculty and staff who wish to be part of the processional and audience to stage seating should use this form to register as well. Registration link in bio.

NOTE TO GRADUATES: HOW YOUR NAME APPEARS ON THIS FORM IS HOW IT WILL APPEAR ON THE PRINTED PROGRAM. Please use your preferred name and avoid misspellings and abbreviations.

EVENT AT-A-GLANCE
Black Graduation is a free, celebratory and community centered event designed to acknowledge the journeys of students of African descent.
Seating is limited and there is no reserved seating for general audience members. General audience members do not register.
Graduates, faculty and staff should register on this form, and will have reserved seating in the audience.
Following the alumni keynote, graduates, faculty and staff will move onstage for ceremony and graduates' optional 30 second speeches.
Regalia/cap and gowns are encouraged but not required.
There is no dress code for graduates.
OBSA does not provide cap and gowns.
No food or beverages inside of the theater, however food and drink are allowed in the courtyard. Reentry is allowed!
Small children are welcome. We have reserved seating for those with accessibility needs (check in with ushers or OBSA staff on arrival).
Ample free parking available in the parking structure on Columbia avenue
OBSA will hire professional photographers and provide a step and repeat at the event. Photos and videorecording of the event will be shared with attendees.

FREE KENTE STOLES FOR GRADUATES
Kente stoles are offered free of charge to graduates only, and distributed at check in. Check your email for details, reminders will be sent leading up to the event!

03/02/2023

This Thursday, March 2nd at the Balch Auditorium, join us at the 35th annual Sojourner Truth Lecture, featuring Professor Treva B. Lindsey as the keynote! The lecture starts at 7:30pm, and the event is free and open to the public! For more information, Check out the page!

02/28/2023

The last week of black history month 🥲 It’s been real yall! Here are this weeks events!

As always, the full online calendar is available thru the link in our bio!

02/28/2023

Bayard Rustin was a civil rights activist, a socialist, and an advocate for gay rights. Though not often on the front lines of the movements, he is another figure that shows people that doing work in the background is also a significant part of the movement. As an advisor to Martin Luther King JR, he often coached him on the importance of non-violent protests. In 1941. He was in charge of planning and co-organizing the March on Washington, where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I Have A Dream” Speech.

02/16/2023

Ella Josephine Baker was a Civil Rights Activist and was a major force in the movement’s development. Growing up in Virginia, she was deeply affected by violent racism in the South. She had to flee her home at a young age to escape white supremacists protesting Black people being in the neighborhood. In the 1940s-1950s she joined the NAACP and mainly worked as a behind-the-scenes organizer with many activists like Martin Luther King Jr. and W.E.B Du Bois. In 1955, she co-founded her own organization called In Friendship, which raised money to fight against the Jim Crow laws in the deep South. Today, many organizations strive to continue her legacy of fighting for equity. Ella Baker is a figure that shows people that doing work in the background is also a significant part of the movement.

Photos from Office of Black Student Affairs, CUC's post 02/14/2023

Here are the events happening this week! For more information on Black Girls Trekkin’ , Swipe👉🏾

See the full online calendar by clicking the link in our bio! The online calendar is a living document and we will update the calendar regularly with new events. If you have an event you want to share, the link to submit the event is still up!

02/14/2023

Steve Biko was a South African anti-apartheid activist, well known in academia for pioneering the philosophy of Black Consciousness and founding the South African Students Organization. He spent his entire life speaking and organizing against the apartheid, and started the Black Consciousness Movement. In the 1970s, this movement served as a voice for many and he mobilized Black youth and Black academics alike to fight against racial segregation. Today, Steve Biko is a symbol of Black resistance and Black Empowerment.

02/08/2023

Here are the events happening this week!

See the full online calendar by clicking the link in our bio! The online calendar is a living document and we will update the calendar regularly with new events. If you have an event you want to share, the link to submit the event is still up!

Photos from Office of Black Student Affairs, CUC's post 12/01/2022

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a few flicks from our OTL x OBSA thanksgiving trip!! 🤩 huge shoutout to the leaders for making this happen 💖

11/19/2022

TONIGHT! 5:30-8:30pm, celebrate with us as we close Black Homecoming with the Black and Gold Gala at McKenna auditorium. Open to students, faculty, staff and alumni! Creative semi formal attire encouraged. Music, food, mocktails, photo opps, class of 2023 toast & homecoming court. RSVP and nominations in bio!

Photos from Office of Black Student Affairs, CUC's post 11/16/2022

Black Homecoming continues this week with our 21+ mixer on Thursday, Black Panther screening on Friday and the Black and Gold Gala on Saturday! Register for homecoming court, RSVP for the gala, and find our other news and RSVPs in our linktr.ee!

11/08/2022

This Friday in Smith Campus Center Edmunds Ballroom we will be having our first ever Homecoming Pep-Rally. We have student performers, dj, snack bar, turn-up sessions, a cypher, skits and more prepared! Check is out doors open at 7:15pm. Be on time as we have a strict schedule to follow!

11/04/2022

We also wanted to take the time and post our spirit week so you all can take some time to get them fits together 🖤Our student liaisons have been working hard to bring this event on campus. Some professors will also be joining your spirit week.

Photos from Office of Black Student Affairs, CUC's post 11/04/2022

Check out our revised Homecoming Itinerary and T-Shirt design by the wonderful ._ah! Sign up for Homecoming Court and event RSVPs are now available in our bios.

11/04/2022

Check our bio!!

10/26/2022

Want to see Black Panther II with OBSA during Black Homecoming Spirit Week on Nov 18? Reserve a ticket using the eventbrite link in our bio & follow the instructions on the site. Must have Claremont Colleges ID.

10/26/2022

Click our link in bio to view the October 26th [semi] weekly for details on
-OBSA’s Black Homecoming night at the movies--reserve your BLACK PANTHER II: WAKANDA FOREVER ticket today!
-OBSA’s fall event photo recap
-A Black alumni-hosted info session for finance careers on Oct 31
-The National Black Student Athlete Summit in May 2023
-Drop ins with Dr.A every Tuesday
Registering for a 7C Black alumni mentor

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