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March 23, 2017

Spotlight on Students: 5C Refugee Advocacy Network Scripps Students Establish Group to Assist Refugees in the Claremont Community

Frustrated recent with anti-immigrant and anti-refugee rhetoric in U.S. politics, in fall 2016 Noor Hamdy ’18 founded the 5C club Refugee Advocacy Network (RAN) to provide concrete ways for students can make a difference in the lives of local refugees.

March 22, 2017

The Laspa Center for Leadership: Think-a-Thon Two-Day Event Will Help Students Turn Ideas Into Business Plans

The Laspa Center for Leadership at Scripps College will be holding a two-day Think-a-Thon to promote entrepreneurship on March 24 and 25 to help students develop social innovation ideas into business plans through workshops and a competition.

March 21, 2017

Spotlight on Staff: Jenn Wells, Assistant Dean and Director of SCORE

Scripps College welcomed Jenn Wells as the new assistant dean and director of Scripps Communities of Resources and Empowerment (SCORE). As part of our ongoing Spotlight on Staff series, the Office of Marketing and Communications caught up with Wells in mid-February, during her first week at Scripps,to learn more about her professional background and her aspirations for SCORE.

March 7, 2017

Spotlight on Faculty: Jennifer Armstrong, Professor of Biology and Faculty Director of the Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program

Professor of Biology Jennifer Armstrong has been reappointed as the faculty director of Scripps College’s Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program, having already served one three-year term. Targeted toward college graduates seeking to change their career path to pursue work in medicine, the 13-month premedical program comprises the coursework necessary to apply to medical, dental, or veterinary school. […]

March 2, 2017

Spotlight on Alumnae: Alexandra “Sasha” Leibholz ’16 Looks Within Genomes for Secrets of Evolution

As a young Scripps College student interested in philosophy, Alexandra “Sasha” Leibholz '16 had no idea her academic quest would ultimately lead her to explore life’s mysteries through a completely different academic lens—that of epigenetics. Her interest in science was piqued in an introductory chemistry class as a first-year student, but it was her junior-year genetics class taught by Patrick Ferree, assistant professor of biology, that ignited her passion for molecular biology.

February 28, 2017

Spotlight on Faculty: Rita Roberts, Nathaniel Wright Stephenson Chair in History and Biography

Rita Roberts is a professor of history and Africana studies and the Nathaniel Wright Stephenson Chair in History and Biography at Scripps College. Her courses engage students in the study of the history of the early United States, 16th- through 21st-century African American history, African diaspora, black intellectuals and the politics of race, and the modern Civil Rights Movement, among other topics.

February 27, 2017

5C Black Arts Festival: Wanawake Weusi Presents Student Art Exhibition “Hidden No More”

By Kyla Aiko Smith ’20 On February 17, Wanawake Weusi, a Scripps club dedicated to empowering students of African descent, presented the art exhibition Hidden No More: Artist Showcase at the Motley Coffeehouse. The second of three Black Arts Festival events organized by Wanawake Weusi, Hidden No More featured works by four current student artists: […]

February 21, 2017

The 5C Experience: Intercollegiate Feminist Center Women’s Health and Empowerment Symposium

In the wake of women’s marches around the world this past January in support of reproductive rights and income equality, among other issues, many are wondering how to keep the political momentum going. The Intercollegiate Feminist Center (IFC) is offering a two-day symposium to address a broad array of issues on women’s health and the ways in which individuals can affect public policy to enact progressive change.

February 14, 2017

IDEA Initiative: Change Fair Brings Community Organizations to Scripps

Scripps College’s IDEA initiative hosts its first Change Fair on Wednesday, February 15. The fair supports IDEA’s goals for inclusion, diversity, equity, and access on Scripps’ campus by facilitating exchanges between students and community-based organizations striving to affect positive change.

February 10, 2017

Laspa Center for Leadership We Act Grants: Grace Reckers ’18 Is Advocating for Economic Justice in the U.S. and Abroad

This past summer, Grace Reckers ’18 pursued her interests in public health and workers’ rights beyond her Scripps classes, conducting research, participating in outreach and education programs, and learning about nonprofit work in Cuba and Los Angeles. The public policy analysis and biology major used her Laspa We Act grant to travel to Havana for five weeks to work for the El Centro Martin Luther King (CMLK) on improving public access to healthcare. Upon her return, she spent the remainder of her summer assisting the Los Angeles-based Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA) with a community health education project.