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Since 1969, we at Chicano/Latino Student Affairs (CLSA) have provided support services and resources to students and their families at the Claremont Colleges. We are strongly committed to the retention and graduation of Chicano/Latino students by providing academic, social and cultural events throughout the academic year.

In addition to CHISPAS, our e-newsletter, staff will utilize this CLSA Blog to notify you of deadlines and/or events both on- or off-campus that fall between newsletter issues. You can also find us on Facebook—friend us at CLSA Claremont.

Intersections of Race and Gender Identities

Giovanni Ortega, Assistant Professor of Theatre at Pomona College, will provide a presentation on Intersections of Race and Gender Identities, Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at noon at  Chicano Latino Student Affairs.  Ortega prides himself in creating accepting and inclusive relationships with artists and communities regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation and class. Lunch will be provided.  Please contact for additional information.

Chicano Latino Graduation Ceremony

Chicano Latino Student Affairs will host a bilingual ceremony for 2017 graduates of The Claremont Colleges.  The ceremony will be held on Friday, May 12, 2017, at Bridges Hall of Music at 7:00 p.m. and will be immediately followed by a reception in the Edmunds Union Ballroom.  Both event sites are located on the Pomona College campus.  For additional information, please contact

Adriana Ramos Returns

Adriana Ramos, CMC Alumna and graduate student at USC, returns to CLSA to conduct research on reproductive health knowledge among Latino men and women.  Ms. Ramos will also talk about her experience as a graduate student and share internship opportunities at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

Graduate Student Brown Bag Series

Claudia Caceres, CGU Doctoral Student in Student Information Systems & Technology, will lead off the Chicano Latino Student Affairs Graduate Student Brown Bag Series on Thursday, February 16, 2017.  Ms. Caceres will present Analyzing the Relationship between Climate Change and Food Insecurity in Developing Countries at 12:00 noon at CLSA located on the 2nd Floor of the Tranquada Student Services Center.  Bring your lunch and join us for this highly anticipated presentation which won Claudia First Place in the prestigious ESRI Global Content Challenge, Population Category.  CLSA will provide dessert and beverages.

A Call for Poems

Almas Unidas: Nuestra Vision, the Chicano Latino Student Affairs Chapbook, will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this spring.  CLSA wishes to make this 10th and final issue of Almas Unidas as evocative and expressive of the Latino experience as possible and encourages students to submit a poem or two to by February 1st.   

Dia de la Familia

Chicano Latino Student Affairs will be celebrating its 47th annual Family Day on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at the Pomona College Seaver Theatre.  This is a celebration of student achievement and family. Students, if you would like to be part of the formal program, please contact Dean Maria Torres.

New Student Retreat

In an effort to build community, Chicano Latino Student Affairs invites incoming Latino first-year and transfer students to participate in the annual New Student Retreat scheduled for Friday, September 9-11, 2016. If interested, contact Registration deadline is August 26.  Space is limited to the first 100 students.

Welcome 2016-17 Sponsor Team!

CLSA is eager to work with the wonderful group of returning students that will serve as Sponsors to incoming undergraduate students. In preparation for their year-long commitment, CLSA will provide Sponsors with a week-long training session beginning August 22nd through the 26th.

Chicano Latino Graduation Ceremony

Chicano Latino Student Affairs will host its annual graduation ceremony to honor the Class of 2016.  The bilingual ceremony will take place on Friday, May 13th at 7 pm at the Scripps College Garrison Theatre.  For tickets or more information, contact

Valenzuela presents Research

Jessica Valenzuela, CGU Doctoral Student of Education, is the next presenter of the Graduate Student Brown Bag Series to be held on Friday, April 29th at 12 noon and hosted by Chicano Latino Student Affairs. Valenzuela's presentation title is  "Coming Out"  Identity Embracing Among Undocuqueer Young Adults."  Reserve your spot at CLSA workshops at Bring your brown bag lunch; CLSA will provide beverages and dessert.  For more information, contact