Opportunities to Engage with Community

Faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in community engagement efforts. Please read more about the programs available to you and how you can make an impact on society.

Claremont Homeless Advocacy Program (CHAP)

CHAP is a grassroots, all-volunteer group that seeks to end homelessness in Claremont by advocating for and supporting homeless adult individuals within the community. CHAP provides a variety of services to the 50-plus homeless adults who reside in Claremont, as well as those at risk of becoming homeless, but its primary goal is to secure sustainable housing for these individuals. The first step in accomplishing this goal is to match up all of the individuals (“participants”) seeking aid from CHAP with two volunteer mentors (“advocates”). The Advocates are trained to guide and support the Participant through the process of attaining services and helping Participants ultimately to secure affordable, sustainable housing.

Gateway to Exploring Mathematical Sciences (GEMS):

The Gateway to Exploring Mathematical Sciences program (GEMS) is a once monthly, Saturday morning workshop designed to get young students excited about math and science.  The GEMS program is designed to reach 7-11th grade students who may have an interest in mathematics or science. The workshops present mathematics and science applications in an exciting way that catch young students’ interest from the surrounding areas. Professors, undergraduates and graduate students from each of the six colleges in the Claremont Consortium take part in the GEMS program, thus offering the incoming students, their parents, and teachers a chance to meet and work with the large variety of excellent and award winning faculty, staff, students and alumni at the Claremont Colleges. The GEMS program helps excite the interests and curiosity of young students and shows them how amazing and satisfying the mathematical sciences can be.

Additional information – Gateway to Exploring Mathematical Sciences


The Sacred SISTAHS math and science conference is an enriching experience for African American girls ages 12 to 18. A diverse selection of conference speakers will share life experiences that inspired their development, their work and their dreams.

Come be part of this day of opportunity to discover and meet African American women in the fields of math, science and technology. It’s a fantastic way to explore the Harvey Mudd campus, meet some of its faculty members and get inspired to aspire for careers in one of the STEM fields. If you have any questions, send an email to twilliams@hmc.edu.


STEAM:CODERS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring underrepresented and underserved students and families through the fundamentals of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM). Our mission is to unlock the potential of each participant through an innovative and enjoyable curriculum focused on critical thinking, access to opportunities, and attainable pathways to academic and career success.