In addition to the offices of financial aid, registrar, and student accounts, Student Affairs encompasses a number of units providing student support geared with promoting student success. The organization is headed by the Assistant Vice President for Student Services and Dean of Students.
Interim Dean of Students and Campus Life
Office: (909) 621-8965
The Dean of Students and Campus Life (Dean of Students) is the primary advocate for student success at CGU, ensuring students receive the support, information, and resources to effectively meet their academic endeavors and achieve their degree goals. The Dean of Students espouses a commitment to service as the core of the mission of the organization. Defining service as both helpful assistance and a contribution to the welfare of others, the functions of the Dean of Students extends beyond administrative compliance with University policies, to encompass the human and personal concerns of students. The Dean of Students welcomes the opportunity to address student need in the areas of mental/physical health and wellness, diversity and inclusivity and safety. Whatever the challenge a student may face, the Dean of Students is always available to assist.
Administrative offices reporting to the Dean of Student include Student Life, Diversity, and Leadership, International Student Scholars and Services, Disability Services, and Housing Services. These units encompass an array of functions including, but not llimited to, student government, minority mentoring, student activities and programs, student visas, student accommodations, and the CGU Apartments. All of these services contribute to a comprehensive effort for advancing the goal of student success by complementing the academic experience.
Lisa Flores Griffith
AVP of Student Services
131 East Tenth Street
Office: (909) 607-9448
The Student Success Center (SSC) provides an array of services to enhance the graduate student experience at CGU. Programs help students develop the knowledge, skills, and capacities flourish. The SSC is comprised of the following offices and programs:
- Career Development Office
- Digital Learning Lab
- Disability Services
- Preparing Future Faculty
- Student Life, Diversity, and Leadership
- Writing Center
Director: Christine Kelly, Ph.D.
131 East Tenth Street
Office: (909) 621-8177
The Career Development Office focuses on personalized career planning for both students and alumni. Whether your future path is decided or undecided, or even if you are in the midst of reinventing yourself, we can tailor our approach to fit your needs. Our comprehensive services consist of one-on-one appointments, a job search database, workshops, presentations, and events that are designed to educate and illuminate students about careers and the career development process. Through a collaboration with alumni relations, we offer students a unique opportunity to gain insight from dynamic professionals who are knowledgeable and active in their fields. By accessing specific information about career interests, students make informed decisions about acquired and developing competencies for personal growth and an appropriate job fit.
Make an appointment today. The earlier you come in, the more we can do to help you envision and prepare for a successful future.
Instructional Technologist: Sunny Chau
160 East Tenth Street, Harper 14 & 12
The Digital Learning Lab (DLL) offers technology-focused resoures and services to CGU students, alumni, faculty, and staff. Recognizing that technology is an integral aspect of teaching, learning, research, and professional work, with constantly emerging products and tools, the DLL offers individual and group coaching by appointment, workshops open to the community, and introductions/orientations to useful technology tools for academiic departments. The lab is staffed by DDL Fellows, all graduate students.
The DDL’s constantly growing list of technology tools is available on its website. Among the technology tools offered are the following:
- Basic computer/internet navigation
- Citation management tools, such as Mendeley
- Cloud-based collaboration tools, such as Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, Skydrive
- Excel, Powerpoint, Publisher, & Word
Dean of Students Office
Office: (909) 607-9448
Claremont Graduate University is committed to offering auxiliary aids and services to students with verifiable disabilities, in compliance with section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. To ensure that your individual needs are addressed, students with disabilities are encouraged to contact the Dean of Students Office.
Director: Shamini Dias, Ph.D.
131 East Tenth Street
Office: (909) 607-6225
The Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) Program offers professional development in teaching to CGU and Claremont Consortium students, alumni, faculty, and staff. All PFF program offerings - except the two PFF courses - are free to the CGU community.
PFF workshops and resources cover aspects of teaching and learning from understanding higher education contexts and one’s own approach and values as an educator to course design and classroom processes. PFF offers the community, the following services and opportunities.
- A self-paced and flexible PFF Certificate in College Teaching program.
- Drop-in workshops even if you are not working for the PFF Certificate.
- Consultation on any aspect of teaching, from lesson design and facilitation, building classroom community, working with issues of diversity and inclusion, course and syllabus design, developing and writing teaching philosophy statements, developing a teaching portfolio, as well as teaching demonstrations and feedback.
- Talks and discussion events on issues and ideas pertaining to teaching and learning.
Workshops toward the Certificate include developing a teaching philosophy and academic portfolio; understanding the fundamental principles of inclusivity and diversity in teaching and learning; understanding the logic of learning design and developing effective courses and assessment plans; designing engaging, active learning processes (lectures, group work, discussions, feedback, class preparation, grading), integrating technology, teaching issues such as academic honesty and difficult students, and classroom community. See the PFF website for the most current list of topics for each semester.
The Certificate program assists participants with developing the following specific skills and abilities:
- Ground the design of inclusive teaching/learning processes and tools in an understanding of higher education contexts and how people learn.
- Begin a reflective practice and identity as a teacher-scholar.
- Design courses that align learning outcomes with effective assessment and feedback strategies.
- Plan and facilitate learning processes that engage students in active learning while promoting academic integrity.
- Develop awareness and strategies for inclusive pedagogy to differentiate learning so as to embrace diversity in all of its forms - culture/ethnicity, nationality, age, gender, sexual orientation, abilities/disabilities, learning modalities, life experiences.
- Identify and integrate appropriate technology tools in the design of teaching and learning.
PFF Certificate in College Teaching. Participants may earn the PFF Certificate by completing a series of Mandatory and Elective workshops, a Teaching Practicum, and a Teaching Portfolio comprising a Syllabus, Teaching Philosophy Statement, and an electronic Portfolio. The program offers multiple pathways toward the Certificate.
|8 Mandatory Workshops OR PFF 520-Teaching Philosophy and Course Design in Higher Education
|9 Elective Workshops OR PFF 531-Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
|CGU students: Practicum and Portfolio Independent Study
|Non-CGU students: PFF 521-Applied Pedagogy Practicum and Portfolio
Senior Assistant Director: Mireya Morales
738 N. College Ave.
Office: (909) 607-0434
The Office of Student Life, Diversity, and Leadership (SLDL) works to engage students, faculty, and staff in ways that promote and develop an includsive and diverse environment. Beyond raising awareness of issues, SLDS helps the CGU community attain our shared values by advocating for social justice and working to institutuionalize policies of equity and inclusion into the fabric of the university.
Director: Mark Pedretti, Ph.D.
141 East 12th Street
Office: (909) 607-0012
The Writing Center offers five ways for students to develop their academic writing skills: peer-to-peer consultation, workshops, embedded writing instruction, writing boot camps, and writing courses.
In-person and online consulting services are available to students free of charge once a week throughout the semester. Individual consulting sessions focus on assisting students at every stage of their graduate work, including study skills, language development, papers, proposals, qualifying exams, cover letters, articles, interviews, presentations, dissertations, and other rhetoric and communication concerns. Writing Center Consultants are trained CGU students with excellent writing skills and teaching or tutoring experience.
Campus-wide workshops address writing-related topics of interest to students in all disciplines, and focus on practical skills development.
The Writing Fellows program, which embeds Writing Consultants in individual classes (at the instructor’s request) to provide tailored writing instruction relevant to the course material. The Writing Fellow serves a first point of contact for students to work with someone familiar with the course material and assignments.
Weekend “boot camps,” hosted once a month, that give students working on their dissertations or Master’s theses quiet, focused writing time with a group of like-minded writers who share strategies for staying motivated, managing time, and writing efficiently.
Courses in writing and rhetoric, such as the International Fellows Program, which introduces international students to the conventions and expectations of American academic discourse, and the Graduate Writing Course (LANG 101), a 0-credit, S/U course open to any student looking to further develop his or her skills in academic argumentation.