October 2022

IDEA Newsletter

IDEA Newsletter – October 2022


Community Learning and Reflection

Fall Greetings! It is so wonderful to be in community with each of you! As summer has given way to fall, so too do each of us have an opportunity for time to renew and reflect. Recently, the Scripps College of Board of Trustees did just that under the expert guidance of Dr. Aireale Rodgers, a learning scientist of higher education whose research explores how people and organizations learn and how educators can better facilitate learning that advances critical race consciousness for faculty and students in postsecondary institutions. The topic: The Self & Society: A Conversation on Personal and Social Identity. Beginning with social identity, the Board reflected on what individuals’ identities mean for their understanding of self and their membership in a social group; how the personal identities connect them to social structures that confer or threaten; and how social identity has important implications for the sense of belonging in a context. The Board then engaged in a conversation about gender, gender expression, and sexuality. The session concluded with a discussion on identity and power. The Board will continue the conversation throughout the academic year.

We encourage every community member to reflect on what we are taking in from our interactions on campus, how this insight might impact how we think about Scripps, and make one commitment to take up something that we’ve learned and turn it into action.

-EJ Team

Welcome Leslie Schnyder, 2022-2023 Equity and Justice Graduate Fellow

Leslie Schnyder, MSW is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Dworak-Peck School of Social Work at the University of Southern California. She was previously the Assistant Dean for Academic Resources and Services at Scripps from 2015-2018. We are thrilled to welcome her back in this new role. Leslie’s scholarship investigates actions and outcomes related to diversity and inclusion, through exploring inclusion policy-practice and means-ends decoupling, conceptualized as gaps between policy and practice and practice and outcomes, respectively. Leslie has also completed research on employee voice behaviors, climate for inclusion within organizations, racial justice-oriented organizational communication, as well as the welcome experiences within organizations. Additionally, she has taught doctoral and masters courses related to DEI and organizational development. In her previous work within student affairs, she served diverse student populations, such as first-gen students, transfer students, historically excluded gender identity groups, disabled students, and students of color. Her wealth of experience and knowledge of Scripps will contribute to the work ahead this year in reviewing the data from the NACCC student survey administered in Fall 2021. Please join us in welcoming Leslie back to our community!

Committee on Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (CIDE)

The 2022-2023 CIDE committee has been confirmed and will focus its efforts on understanding and probing deeper into the results of the National Assessment of Collegiate Campus Climates (NACCC) Student Campus Climate Survey data. NACCC is a trio of quantitative surveys on campus racial climate administrated annually in an alternating cycle of students, staff, and faculty. Students participated in a fall 2021 survey, staff in a spring 2022 survey, and faculty will have an opportunity to participate in the spring 2023 survey. Scripps has received the data file from the student survey. EJ Fellow Leslie Schnyder will work collaboratively with CIDE on the results and identification of practical recommendations.

Upcoming Events

A Community Conversation with Scripps College Racial Justice and Equity Student Fellow,
Molly Yeselson ’23 and faculty mentor, Kimberly Drake.

As part of the Justice Education Initiative at the Claremont Colleges and Scripps College “Inside Out” courses focused on establishing a peer-to-peer
Writing Center within the California Rehabilitation Center (CRC), Molly has furthered her commitment to racial justice and equity by contributing
to the creation of the CRC Writing Center Handbook, an open-source publication that can serve as a model for other educational institutions
interested in collaborating with incarcerated tutors.

Join Molly and Professor Drake to learn more about this inspirational work.
Thursday, October 20
3:00 p.m.

EJ Team Student Dinner

EJ Team is hosting a dinner with student leaders on Wednesday, November 16. Details to follow!

Shout Out!

Assistant Director and First-Gen Coordinator Elba Mandujano

Assistant Director and First-Gen Coordinator Elba Mandujano (she/her/ella) has made a tremendous impact on Scripps’ community. In addition to serving as the advisor to all identity-based Clorgs and developing a phenomenal SCORE intern team this year, Elba successfully led the first in-person First-Gen Pre-Orientation since before the start of the pandemic in 2020. The First-Gen Pre-Orientation which ran alongside the International Student Pre-Orientation was wildly successful and we are grateful for her leadership!

Scripps Resources

Advisors, Deans, Advocates

Primary Contact Dean (PCD)
First-Generation@Scripps Program

Academic Resources

Academic Resources and Services
Disability Services-Academic Accommodations
Claremont Colleges Library (Honnold Mudd Library)
Denison Library
Office of Dean of Faculty
Study Abroad and Global Education

7C Resources

Campus Safety
Chicano Latino Student Affairs (CLSA)
Claremont Colleges Library
Claremont University Consortium (CUC)
Eating Disorder Task Force
EmPOWER Center
Health Education Outreach (HEO)
Huntley Bookstore
LiveSafe App
Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services (MCAPS)
Office of Black Student Affairs (OBSA)
Student Disability Resource Center
Student Health Insurance Plan
Student Health Services
Queer Resource Center (QRC)

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