Berger Events

2018 – 2019 Events

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APIDA Mental Health Panel
April 11, 2019

A panel of CMC faculty and staff came together to discuss Asian mental health and identity with the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) community on campus. Any other interested students, faculty, and staff were welcomed as well. Co-hosted by the Asian Pacific American Mentors (APAM) and the Berger Institute, the event was created to bring awareness to the issue. Topics revolved around how APIDA communities and 7C’s students respond to mental health issues, how having faculty of color on campus benefits the students, and strategies to help improve well-being.

Creative Resistance: Artist and Activist Terisa Siagatonu
March 12, 2019

Art and well-being aligned in this workshop and performance with viral poet and community mental health leader Terisa Siagatonu. Known across the nation for her poetry videos, creative mental health workshops, and advocacy work, Terisa graced the Claremont Colleges with her presence on Tuesday, March 12, for an afternoon workshop, evening dinner, and open mic night with other student performers. The workshop focused on the power of healing from trauma with the unique perspective offered by Terisa’s experience as an Oceania artist and mental health clinician. This event was sponsored by the Berger Institute, CMC Asian Pacific American Mentoring Program, Pomona Asian American Resource Center, CARE, SCORE, Pacific Basin Institute, Ad Board, OID, Scripps Diversity and Inclusivity Chair, Motley Coffee House, IDAAS, Scripps Intercollegiate Feminist Center for Teaching, Research and Engagement, and Scripps Humanities Institute.

Thomas Fuller-Rowell: Health Disparities in an Era of Rising Income Inequality
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 – Athenaeum Lunch Program

Social inequality has increased substantially in recent decades and has become a salient issue in many societies around the world. Thomas Fuller-Rowell, associate professor in the College of Human Sciences at Auburn University, discussed trends in income inequality in the United States and potential consequences for population health.
Pamela B. Gann, J.D.

Women & Leadership Workshop: Redefining Work and Life
February 22, 2019

Open to students and alumni of the Claremont Colleges, this year’s 10th annual Women and Leadership Workshop connected students with successful alumni and further prepared them for leadership roles after graduation. The workshop featured keynote speaker Pamela B. Gann, J.D., President Emerita of Claremont McKenna College, Trustee Professor of Legal Studies and George R. Roberts Fellow, and Senior Fellow at the Kravis Leadership Institute. There was also a panel of CMC alumnae, including San San Lee ’85, Harmony Palmer ‘13, and Charlie Stoddard Fitzpatrick ’94. This event was sponsored by Susan and Thomas Handley ’77, the Berger Institute, the Kravis Leadership Institute, and the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights, and the Women and Leadership Association.

img_0500January 29, 2019 – Women in Law Panel

In an event that merged networking, insightful speakers, and a three-course meal at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, aspiring law students were able to receive words of wisdom and talk conversationally with women in the field. Sponsored by the Berger Institute, the CARE (Civility, Access, Resources, and Expression) Center, and the Soll Center for Student Opportunity, the Women in Law panel consisted of a diverse group of lawyers with varying experience and backgrounds. Panelists included Immigration Attorney Meredith Brown (CMC P’22), Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) Attorney Ruth Calvillo (CMC ’11), CMC Assistant Vice President/Chief Civil Rights Officer Nyree Gray, and Disability Attorney and Berger Institute Advisory Board Member Marci Lerner Miller (CMC ’89).

October 5th, Innovations in Wellness

UPDATED Innovations In Wellness

October 3 and October 24th, Social Justice and the Environment

EAC Athenaeum Flyer

September 19 – “Black Professionals in a ‘Post-Racial’ Era” 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. CMC Athenaeum


Professor Adia Harvey Wingfield
With technological advances, declining support for labor, and increasing income inequality, work has changed dramatically over the past half century. Adia Harvey Wingfield, professor of sociology at Washington University in St. Louis, examines specifically how blacks in professional jobs navigate work in this new economy.

Sponsored by: The Berger Institute and the Athenaeum.

September 21 – “Engaging Community through Feminist Pedagogies” 9:00am – 2:30 p.m. CMC Athenaeum

Feminist Pedagogies

Sponsored by the Berger Institute, Gould Center for Humanistic Studies, and Gender and Sexuality Studies

March 28 – “Being Unapologetically Yourself in the Workplace” 6 – 7:30 p.m. Bauer Center North, Founders Room

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Maria KlaweMarch 21“Breaking the Glass Ceiling” featuring Maria Klawe, President of Harvey Mudd College.

This event is part of the “Your Identity, Your Career: Intersectionality in the Workplace Series.”

Maria Klawe began her tenure as Harvey Mudd College’s fifth president in 2006. A renowned computer scientist and scholar, President Klawe is the first woman to lead the College since its founding in 1955. Prior to joining HMC, she served as dean of engineering and professor of computer science at Princeton University. She received her PhD (1977) and BSc (1973) in mathematics from the University of Alberta.

Klawe is a renowned lecturer and has given talks at international conferences, national symposia, and colleges across the U.S. and Canada about diversity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines and industries, gender and gaming, and lessons from her own career in STEM industry and education. She has devoted particular attention in recent years to improving K-12 science and mathematics education.

Sponsored by: Berger Institute and Career Services at the 5C colleges.

March 20 – “Adversity & resilience: Perspectives from a DACA Alumna featuring Dr. Karina Ramos ‘ 05 CMC.”

Dr. Ramos (’05) is a licensed senior staff psychologist at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), where she holds a liaison role with the UCI DREAM Center.  Dr. Ramos will be facilitating a talk on strategies to navigate undocumented immigrant, DACA status concerns and issues at an affluent, high achieving liberal arts college. She has both personal and professional experiences that she can draw upon and will share her stories and tips of how to navigate such an identity while in college as well as host open office hours for private consultations with students.

 Sponsored by: Berger Institute and CARE Center

WoC Flyer 2.12.18March 2 and 3  – Women of Color Power and Purpose Conference

Women of color navigate through life facing different experiences – whether it be around their identity, relating to others or asking for help. This workshop explores the dynamics women of color face and offer some tools for finding their passion, radical self-care and building community.

In the keynote address Judy Belk, president and CEO of The California Wellness Foundation (Cal Wellness), will share reflections on how her personal journey has been shaped by deeply held values and how informed choices have helped advance her career in the public and private sectors, including as the current leader of one of California’s largest health philanthropies. She will share examples from her own experience that point to ways “You” can make a difference.

Sponsored by: Berger Institute, CARE Center, Slack Global, and Kravis Leadership Institute.

WLW FLYER FINAL 20180124February 23 –  Women and Leadership Workshop: Making Her-Story – Changing the Narrative

Effective networking and negotiation skills differ for women. Women’s interactions should highlight as much about their skills, talents, and potential as possible. This workshop will help women navigate and network in their respective fields. This workshop focuses on women recognizing and maximizing their potential and values by engaging with CMC alumnae and Board members.

Our featured keynote speaker will be Archana Sahgal, JD. She is the former Senior Associate Director, Office of Public Engagement, at the White House. Sahgal is a former program officer with the Equality Fund at the Open Society Foundations.

Sponsored by: Berger Institute, Women & Leadership Alliance, Roberts Day Scholars,  and Kravis Leadership Institute.

February 24 –   Annual Berger Board Meeting and Retreat

womenintechFebruary 8Women Driving Innovation: A Conversation with Three Tech Leaders: Featuring: Candace Adelberg ’10, Alicia Rockmore ’87, and Faye Sahai ’90, panelists

The panelists, CMC graduates at various career stages, are in diverse, high-profile jobs, ranging from working in established firms to leading start-ups. Panelists will discuss a broad array of topics including: preparation for careers in tech, how to leverage past accomplishments and personal and professional networks to develop careers in tech, workforce and occupational trends, obstacles and challenges faced in the competitive and male-dominated culture of Silicon Valley, and approaches for problem solving, including work/life balance issues.

miry_s18February 6 –  A lunchtime event with Miry Whitehill, CEO and Founder of Miry’s List a the Athenaeum.

Refugee families come to the United States seeking safety from violence and persecution in their home countries. They leave behind family, friends, and virtually everything they own. Come hear more about how Miry’s List uses crowdsourcing and social media to provide a mechanism for people here in Southern California to help newly arrived families whose needs are not completely met by the resettlement system.

Miry Whitehill started Miry’s List in July, 2016 when she accidentally met a family of new arrival Syrian refugees through a friend. Until then, she was a stay-at-home mom and community activist with over 10 years experience in digital marketing. As of December 2017, Miry’s List has helped more than 250 families resettling from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, and Kurdistan. In 2018, Miry’s List plans to enroll an additional 500 families into their program and launch an app in partnership with Microsoft to streamline and automate the model and roll out Miry’s List programming to every refugee resettlement city in America.

Sponsored by: Berger Institute, The Athenaeum,  and the Gender and Sexuality Studies Sequence.

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