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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.

February 1, 2017

Spotlight on Alumnae: Sarah Han ’15 fighting for a healthier world, starting with Humboldt County

When she discovered that the worst death rates in California were in her own home county in northern California, Sarah Han ’15 wasted no time pitching the Davis Projects for Peace scholar program on her “Rx for veggies and wellness” idea. The Scripps alumna—then in her senior year studying human biology—not only landed the grant but implemented a wellness program with a local nonprofit using community gardening as a primary strategy. A year later, the program continues via Open Door Community Health Centers, employing Humboldt State University students as interns/volunteers, and Han continues her pursuit of making the world a healthier place—one person, one farm-to-fork plate at a time.

January 24, 2017

Laspa Center for Leadership: “Leading for Good” Center Kicks Off a New Series of Leadership Summits

On Thursday evening, January 26, the Laspa Center for Leadership will host “Leading for Good,” the first in a series of biannual leadership summits intended to deepen the Claremont community’s engagement with topics related to women’s leadership. For this inaugural event, Laspa will host a panel of successful corporate, political, and nonprofit leaders to discuss […]

January 23, 2017

Humanities Institute: “Borders, Walls, Fences” Spring Series Will Examine Border Conflicts Around the World

This spring, the Humanities Institute, under the directorship of Scripps Professor of Anthropology Lara Deeb, presents a series of public lectures focused on the theme “Borders, Walls, Fences.” The series examines geographical, political, and social conflicts in a variety of border zones around the world, including the United States, Israel/Palestine, the Mediterranean, and Kashmir.

January 19, 2017

Spotlight on Alumnae: Lydia Ringwald ’70 Scripps Gave Her a Lifelong Interest in Art, and Now She’s Giving Back

After graduating from Scripps with a degree in comparative literature, Lydia Ringwald ’70 began to develop her talent as an artist, exhibiting her works in galleries and museums in Southern California and Europe.