A new report from the American Talent Initiative (ATI) praised Claremont McKenna College’s work as a national leader in building academic success and opportunity among middle- and lower-income students.
Like everyone in higher education this spring, Brian Davidson ’08 has been doing his share of adjusting and re-adjusting with advisees. The good news: CMC has, once again, produced an impressive roll call of selective domestic and overseas fellowship and scholarship winners, including five Fulbrights. The challenges: Some programs have gone virtual, postponed travel, or been cancelled completely given ongoing restrictions stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.
About the Kurds
Worldwide, some 35 million Kurdish people inhabit more than 50 countries. Denied a nation state, their ancestral homes cut across Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and Syria. An autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan emerged after the 1991 Gulf War. Beginning in 2011 with the Syrian Civil War, a second Kurdish homeland took shape in northeastern Syria, near the Turkish border. The recent American retreat from Rojava dealt a blow to Syrian Kurds in their bid for independence.
For someone who doesn’t spend a lot of time on social media, Tori Johnson ’21 sure knew how to make a bold, visual statement about it.
Transformative. Challenging. An embodiment of the CMC spirit.
This year’s Woolley Fellows—Laleh Ahmad ’20, Sabrina Hartono ’21, and Sophia Krivatsy ’20—are grateful for how the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum has shaped their growth and education at CMC. No longer just visitors, the trio will serve as student faces for the Ath by introducing speakers, initiating head-table discussions, and facilitating the Q&A period during the 2019-20 academic year.
Three CMC students were named winners of the annual Harold T. Geneen Charitable Trust case competition and will share the $5,000 prize for future student opportunities.
A crucial test of the leadership skills Lindsay Burton ’19 developed at CMC came last summer, during the month of intensive training ROTC cadets go through in Fort Knox, Kentucky, to qualify for commissioning.
After two weeks of sleeping on the ground in the woods and eating meals out of a bag, Burton said she didn’t feel ready for what came next. Her training officer asked her, as a platoon leader, to conduct an area defensive (an exercise where cadets must hold a position against an opposing force)—something she had never done before.
Whether it’s starting a therapeutic photography program at a group home in Pomona or teaching and conducting research in diverse locations around the world, CMC students are ready to make a difference near and far.