First-Year Students Build Community through IMPaCT, Mellon-Funded Pilot Program to Launch in August

CLAREMONT, California - July 31, 2018

In May 2017, Scripps was awarded a three-year New President’s Grant to support an initiative of the president’s choosing to further a project or area of importance to her. Scripps President Lara Tiedens has allocated the funds to a new pilot program for incoming students called IMPaCT (Impacting, Partnering, and Changing Together).

The goal of IMPaCT is to foster community among incoming students and connect them with social impact initiatives in the Los Angeles region. The program will be facilitated by Scripps’ Laspa Center for Leadership, which aims to close the gender leadership gap by developing and supporting future women leaders through hands-on projects and programs. Nine Scripps faculty members representing a variety of disciplines will also be participating in the program.

The IMPaCT program will take place over the course of two days prior to new student orientation. Participating students will make site visits to partner organizations to see how those organizations are transforming communities through STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math), sustainability, and education. For the this August’s inaugural program, Scripps is partnering with four area nonprofits: artworxLA, Heal the Bay, Huerta del Valle, and LA Makerspace. Each organization will host 12 first-year students.

“This program is integral to helping our first-year students cultivate a sense of community, not only with their classmates, but with local organizations,” says President Tiedens. “It is one initiative among many at Scripps designed to engage students in the complex issues affecting our region.”

This is the third grant from the Mellon Foundation that Scripps has benefitted from this year. In June, the College was awarded $800,000 to fund a new interdisciplinary humanities initiative. In July, it was announced that Scripps will participate in the Mellon-funded 5C Critical Justice Education program.