Civil Rights

Professor Briana Toole stands in front of campus building

In June, CMC announced its Presidential Initiative on Anti-Racism and the Black Experience in America. As part of this ongoing effort, individual CMC faculty, departments, and institutes are addressing race and racism through various curricular and co-curricular actions. We asked faculty members to share their work in these areas, and what they will continue to do to promote sustained and substantive engagement with issues of racial inequality.

Prof. Briana Toole is an assistant professor of philosophy at CMC

Dear members of our community,

Upon her recent appointment as CMC's Assistant VP for Diversity and Inclusion, Nyree Gray discusses prospects, progress and challenges as she moves into her new role. 

Q. Why is diversity and inclusion important to CMC?

Nyree Gray, CMC’s Chief Civil Rights Officer, will take on an expanded role and additional title as Assistant Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, President Hiram Chodosh announced Wednesday. Gray will assist efforts across all offices at the College to support a diverse and inclusive student body, faculty, and staff.

Nyree Gray, Claremont McKenna College Title IX coordinator and cheiief civil rights officer.

Nyree Gray, CMC's Title IX coordinator and chief civil rights officer, was named the 2016 Outstanding Alumna of the Year by the Black Law Students Assn. of Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles.

Harvard Law Professor Randall Kennedy

Randall Kennedy, the Michael R. Klein Professor at Harvard Law School, wanted input from attendees of his Marion Miner Cook Athenaeum talk (“The Race Line in American Life”) last Wednesday.

The project for which he solicited input stems from Martin Luther King Jr.’s last public speech; the famous “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech he gave on April 3, 1968, the day before he was assassinated.

Laverne Cox

An advocate with an empowering message of moving beyond gender expectations to live more authentically, Laverne Cox, Emmy-nominated actress, documentary film producer, and prominent equal rights advocate, is scheduled to speak at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum on December 4, 2015.

Debuting in the groundbreaking role of Sophia Burset in the critically acclaimed Netflix original series “Orange is The New Black,” Cox is the first trans woman of color to have a leading role in a mainstream scripted television show.

Marcie Gardner Marcie Gardner

President Hiram Chodosh has announced the appointment of a new Assistant Vice President for Investigations. Here is text of the announcement:

nyree-gray Title IX Coordinator and Chief Civil Rights Officer Nyree Gray

Dear Members of the CMC Campus Community: